Resume Kiss of Death (K.O.D.) - Killing Vague Resume Content

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Unpacking Resume Content - How to avoid resume Kiss of Death words and phrases to create granular content, improve keyword hit rates and communicate your expertise to search engines and human readers

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Resume Kiss of Death (K.O.D.) - Killing Vague Resume Content

  1. 1. Dirk Spencer Creator of Resume Psychology© Corporate Recruiter
  2. 2. It is the application of skills without thinking
  3. 3.  Driving cars  Flying planes  Cycling  Doing Research  Reading  Watching TV  Public Speaking  Recovering from a slip or stumble  On the Job Performance
  4. 4. Writing resume content that lands job offers
  5. 5.  Obscure terms  Over-used terms  Words prone to misuse  Phrases that distort experience
  6. 6.  A lack of granularity  A lack of specificity  It raises questions about the content  It cannot be evaluated easily
  7. 7. Ask better questions about what you write
  8. 8. History Yields Context
  9. 9. Be able to express it in 15 to 20 words
  10. 10. Showcases industry awareness, knowledge, adaptation skills …which can increase a candidate’s credibility…
  11. 11. Who What Where When Why How
  12. 12. Names of people Their job titles Reporting relationships Vendors involved Who cared the most Who cared the least
  13. 13. …Industries …Customers …Vendors …Outcomes …Tools
  14. 14.  Company  Boardroom  Classroom  City  State  Region  Country  Continent
  15. 15.  Choices made  Decisions taken  Anyone who cared  Original goals  How events caused changes  Actual end-game results
  16. 16. Processes Best practices Skills Communications Budgeting
  17. 17. All, Other, Every, Any
  18. 18. The “definitions of these words by definition” are vague; used in an attempt to convey a larger or more inclusive scale
  19. 19. These words reduce a candidate’s credibility II
  20. 20. PS: Recruiters never search on the words…
  21. 21.  Relationship  Consultative  Spin  Strategy  Solution  Partnership  VITO  Challenger  Goal  Quota  Close
  22. 22.  Waterfall  PMBOK / BABOK  Gate Reviews  RAD/JAD  Rational Unified Process  Use Cases  Object Oriented  Six Sigma / Lean Six Sigma  Scrum  Agile
  23. 23.  Cold Calling / Reverse Phone Books  Entertainment Venues  Billboards / Newspaper Ads  Bulletin Boards / Company Web Sites  Job Boards / Niche Boards  Search Engines  Social Media  On-line Communities  New Media
  24. 24. Etymology Jargon Acronyms Definitions Glossaries Synonyms Industry Dictionaries
  25. 25. Questions?Questions?
  26. 26.  DirkPMP@Yahoo.Com  214-295-8687  @DirkInDallas  WWW.Slideshare.Net/Dirk Spencer  http://www.linkedin.com/in/dirkindallas  Creator of "Resume Psychology – Get the Offer Not the Interview”©
  27. 27.  Accounting  Administration  AP & AR  Asset Management  Audit  Banking  Benefits  Call Centers  Chip Design  Compensation  Construction  Consumer Products  Content Management  Coordination  Circuit Design  Defense  Developers / Programmers  Executive Search  Financial Services  Food & Beverage  Franchising
  28. 28.  Graphic Design  Hospitality  HRIS  Human Resources  Legal Counsel  Logistics  Org Development  Payroll  Pharmaceuticals  Project Management  Real Estate  Revenue Management  Sales  Social Media  Software Apps  Software Architecture  Software Development  Supply Chain  Technology / IT / IS  Telecommunications  Training  Transportation
  29. 29. • Colorado Association Healthcare Executives (CAHE) Annual Conference • Meeting of the Minds Conference • Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Breakfast of Champions • North Texas Small Business Summit • TalentNet Live Social Recruiting Conference • Frisco Connect Job Seeker Strategy Summit • Texas Small Business Summit • Texas Regional Infrastructure Security Conference • American Society of Quality (ASQ) • Texas Workforce Commission Veterans Support Group • Intuit Women’s Network • International Institute of Business Analyst (IIBA) • National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).
  30. 30. • St. Jude Career Alliance a Chapter of the Catholic Career Development Community (CCDC) • Career Counseling Group (CCG) of DFW Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) • Career Counseling Group (CCG) of DFW Islamic Center of Irving (ICI) • Crossroads Bible Church (CBC) Career Transition Workshop (CTW) • Jewish Family Service (JFS) • Career Jump Start - First United Methodist Church Richardson (FUMCR) • Carrollton Career Focus Group (CFG) • Carrollton City Job Hunt 101 • Custer Rd Church Job Net Plano • Fort Worth Career Search Network (FWCSN) • MacArthur Blvd Baptist Church (MBBC) Career Transition Network (CTN) • McKinney Trinity Presbyterian Church Career Transition Network (CTN) • McKinney Workforce Networking • Preston Trail Job Network (PTJN) • Saint Philip's Episcopal of Frisco Job Ministry • Southlake Focus Group (SFG) • St. Andrew UMC Sales Group with Dennis O’Hagan
  31. 31. • Dallas Fort Worth Texas Recruiter Network (DFWTRN) • Executive Search Owners Association (ESOA) • Inter-City Personnel Associates (IPA) Associates Food & Beverage • Pikes Peak Recruiter Network (PPRN) • Texas Regional Infrastructure Security Conference • The Rick Gillis Radio Show in Houston, Texas ESPN Radio • CareerRocketeer “The 150+ Experts on Twitter All Job Seekers Must Follow • The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram
  32. 32.  Reference Material: Courtesy of Google  I am not affiliated with LinkedIn, Slideshare, Monster, CareerBuilder, Dice, JobVite, MaxHire, Taleo, Infor, PeopleAnswers, iCims  All trademarks & logos are property of their respective companies

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