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This is a presentation I recently made to fellow career management professionals focusing on successful resume construction and troubleshooting one that is not working.

This is a presentation I recently made to fellow career management professionals focusing on successful resume construction and troubleshooting one that is not working.

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  • 1. Resume submittal: an arduous journey
  • 2. 3 major obstacles to success
  • 3. Obstacle 1: Electronic submittal
    Resumes must contain the language (Keywords) that computer software and staffing personnel are likely to input.
    Otherwise your resume will sit in a black hole and may never be seen
  • 4. Best guess on keywords:Resume language matches job descriptions
  • 5. Keyword mastery
    Good: Keywords anywhere in the resume (beware ! New technology is catching up to out-of-context ploys)
    Better: Keywords in current chronology (your job description says you were responsible for using these skills recently; not that you produced results using them)
    Best: Keywords within recent accomplishments (you produce good results for your company using skills that are in demand!)
  • 6. Obstacle 2: Staffing Personnel: the guardians of decision-makers’ time
  • 7. To gain a recruiter’s support, set yourself apart: show how you achieve results better or differently than competitors
  • 8. Clear focus on a targeted functional position and level
    Recent and relevant usage of critical skills
    Demonstrated, measurable and recognized impact on previous employers
    Promotions and progression to current level
    To advance, Recruiters need to see:
  • 9. Recruiters Hate
    Frequent Unexplained Gaps in Chronology. Unemployed in tough market is one thing…every few years is something else
    Typographical or grammar errors = careless and lazy
    “Consultant” without engagements = unemployed in stealth mode
    Lack of balance, thin recent accomplishment with TONS of old glory = yesterday’s news
    Accomplishments out of scale = overqualified! Managing a $50M budget ≠ startups
  • 10. Obstacle 3: the Hiring Decision-Maker
  • 11. Impact + Presentation
  • 12. Demonstrating Appropriate Impact
    Improve Sales
    Increase market share
    Improve quality
    Improve productivity
    Increase profit
    Reduce expense
    Reduce turnover
    Expand/add territory
    Launch / build/ develop product
    Improve compliance
    Reduce liability / risk
  • 13. Differentiation: be qualified, but different (and better!)
  • 14. Indicators of a bad resume
    Overall presentation:
     
    • Typos, grammar errors, inconsistent fonts, small / unreadable font
    • 15. Functional or non-traditional formats (like pulling all the accomplishments out of the chronology)
    • 16. The language in the resume (key words and industry jargon) is misaligned with or missing from the document
    • 17. More than 15 years of work history / dates that go back further (with some exceptions, of course)
    • 18. Subjugating work history behind anything other than a summary statement (except for those coming right out of school and leveraging that new degree)
  • Indicators of a bad resume
    Top section (objective / summary area):
     
    • Objective statements (they are passé)
    • 19. Generic language and format
    • 20. Focus on task and not impact to employer
  • Indicators of a bad resume
    Job chronology section:
    • No bullets or all bullets
    • 21. No accomplishments
    • 22. Quantifiers that are inconsistent with target roles
    • 23. Accomplishments without context (5% increase in sales might be great following 5 years at 2%)
    • 24. Language used dates the skill set (FORTRAN/Personnel Manager)
    • 25. Emphasis on the wrong skills (manager vs. hands-on, technical vs. management)
  • Indicators of a bad resume
    • More space devoted to old jobs than more recent
    • 26. Self-employed consultants without specific client engagements
    • 27. Irrelevant, short term jobs
    • 28. Results without aligned action steps
    • 29. Missing demonstrations of employer appreciation (rehired, recruited away from competitor, earned award, promotion, awarded additional responsibility)
    Misc Other categories:
    • Awards without context
    • 30. No college (very few people have NONE)
  • Well-written resumes help computers and staffing personnel identify the best candidates, present content in a way to drive superior interviews, and pave the way for larger offers