First, What a Resume Isn’t► Itshould not be a history of your employment► Itis not a personal statement or form of self expression
What It Is► Tool to help you get the interview► Get the HM’s interest quickly – this is your main goal► Whet the HM’s appetite to want to know more about you► Show the HM you have what it takes to do this job► Brag about yourself !
Only One Chance to Make a First Impression► Managers/recruiters often spend less than 10 - 20 seconds on a resume► Look for reasons to discount candidates if they have a lot to see► Corporate recruiters at popular companies often receive so many resumes they have strict criteria to eliminate candidates quickly► What the HM/recruiter sees in the first few seconds will either grab his attention or put him to sleep
► Manyresumes are feeble – not enough time and energy spent on format and/or content► Often read like an income tax statement► Some are so hideous they don’t even get read
Your Resume Should Be► Pleasing to the eye; well formatted Spacing Bolding Italics Underlining Font sizes Tabs Bullets/Numbering
► Easy to read – no large blocks of text► Not scrunched up in order to keep to one page► Don’t write “margin to margin”► Don’t use ugly fonts► NO grammar or spelling mistakes► Always include your phone number and email
Avoid “frames, boxes, tables”► They often reduce the usable space on the page► Recruiters often need to reformat your resume to add their logo or take off personal information► Often messes up the margins and causes recruiters headaches► Many have been tossed for this type of issue
Think From the Manager’s Point of View► Can’t waste time interviewing every candidate – only those that impress► Manager is nervous / scared about hiring someone that Can’t do the job – product is late Will embarrass himself to his management
Your Resume is a Marketing Brochure!► Engineers tend to not think in terms of marketing themselves► But .... you must change your thinking if you want to get more interviews► To achieve this, you need to be the “best advertised product”
► You’ll have your chance to show that you are the “best product” during your interview► Remember, even if you are the perfect fit you won’t get the job unless you get the interview first► If you feel you can’t “productize” yourself, then you need to find somebody that can
► Ask yourself: What would make someone the perfect candidate? What does the employer really want? What special abilities would this person have? What would set a truly exceptional candidate apart from a merely good one?
How do I Make My ResumeIrresistible to the Manager?
The Two Parts of an Effective Resume►Assertion Section►Evidence Section
Assertion SetionThe assertion section is where you advertise your fit for the position. (Remember, you don’t want them informed; you want them interested and excited)The evidence section is what you have done in your career.(This is the only part in many people’s resumes)
Assertion Section► Your resume should be targeted to a specific job description.► This is the only way you’ll be able to effectively grab a HMs interest.► If you’re interested in two different positions, have two assertion sections in two separate resumes, tweaked to target each position.
Every line the manager sees in the first half of the first page of your resume should be related to the target job description.
Assertion Section Details►Objective►Summary►Areas of Accomplishment and Experience
Objective Section► You start by naming your intended job. This may be in the Objective section, or may be folded into the second section, the Summary.
Objective - exampleObjective: A software sales position in an organization seeking an extraordinary record of generating new accounts, exceeding sales targets and enthusiastic customer relations
exampleObjective: A position acting as a liaison between customers and product groups at a company where strong people skills, superior communication abilities and a love of problem solving is highly valued.
Objective – Common MistakePeople often make the mistake of saying something such as,"a position where I can hone my skills as an ASIC Design Engineer”or something similar. The employer is interested in hiring you for what you can do for them, not for fulfilling your private goals and agenda.
More Common Mistakes► Obvious: A position at a growing company where I can make a cantribution and grow in my career (.... Duhhh)► Fluff:.. allowing the ability to enhance potential and utilize experience in new challenges.“ (has no significant meaning; is on many resumes and is usually ignored)
AREAS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND EXPERIENCE• Communication o Exhibited exceptional communication skills with polish and tact resolving issues between internal departments o Executed crisp, clear communications with critical vendors o Facilitated communication between company and internal services• Customer Contact o Showed empathy toward customers, assumed responsibility and resolvied time critical issues o Successfully soothed unhappy customers with compassion and tact o Recommended products to customers based on requirements o Researched and recommended infrastructure services for customers• Training o Trained all Customer Service Personnel at two locations for Fortune 500 company o Brought all Application Engineers up to speed as main trainer on Oracle system for EDA (Electronic Design Automation) company o Accomplished high level of proficiency with “XXX” as an avid fan o Realized strong interest in steering product quality & customer interaction - created education plan
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