The Hire Seven or Why a Resume?
To market yourself to prospective employers. An effective
resume works like advertising copy. Think of your resume as your
personal brochure and one you can live up to. You don’t
have to make “hard sell or make any false claims, but you
do have to get over your modesty and toot your own horn a little
bit. If you don’t, who will?
To win an interview. A resume provides your basic contact
information, and facts about your achievements on the job to prospective
employees. It’s what thy want to know about you, in a format
that’s easy to read and glean knowledge from quickly. A
concise, accurate, powerful and truthful resume establishes you
as a professional person, someone a potential employer can’t
afford to ignore.
To keep track of your achievements to date. Even if you
aren’t looking for a new job, a stellar opportunity might
present itself—or downsizing could rear its ugly head. Be
ready for either possibility with a strong and current resume.
To tell the truth. If you fib about your education, job
experience or any other elements of your work history, you will
probably live to regret it. True stories abound of professionals
achieving the highest levels of success, only to have their careers
ruined when research revealed that their resumes were fabricated.
If a job title you had does not adequately reflect the work you
really did, be sure the description of the job makes your duties
clear… but don’t gild any lilies.
To demonstrate what you’ve accomplished on the job.
Employers are concerned bout one thing---how an employee can contribute
to their bottom line. Quantify how you’ve saved the company
money, and give prospective employers numbers to prove it. A powerfully
written resume conveys how you can be an asset to the company’s
profits and productivity.
To act as a covering piece or addendum to a part of a grant or
business proposal, or as an accompaniment to a graduate school
application. A resume is a versatile document that is required
in more situations than just the job-seeking process.
To hit the highlights, not serve as a biography. Remember
your resume is only one element of your job search strategy. A
resume is needed to get you in the door,. Yet cover letters, email,
and telephone interactions will extend the conversation and add
further evidence of your ability to do the job. Be prepared to
give more detail later, live, to a real person.
your achievement file...
You work hard every day. Why
not track your achievements and give yourself a little credit? Maybe
you’re modest and expect applause, but if you don’t
keep score, who will?
One of the best ways to sell
yourself to a prospective employer (or to negotiate for a raise
at your current job) is to quantify your achievements. Keep your
file (either an electronic document or an actual file) of your achievements
to date. If you receive an award, earn a certificate or receive
a note of appreciation form a client or co-worker, keep it. If someone
compliments your work verbally, write yourself a note and keep that
too. This is not in vain. These pieces of paper are proof of your
excellence performance and tools you need to help you in the future.
Also in your achievement file:
an updated resume. Even if you aren’t looking for another
job, keep your resume current and record each step you’ve
taken in your career to date. Use to remind yourself of how far
you’ve come. And if that irresistible opportunity comes along
(or if you fall victim to downsizing) you are ready to go,
Some other things you may want
to keep a list of are specific things you may consider yourself
an expert on. Are you a whiz in Excel? Are you the person in the
office everyone goes to when the network goes off-line, or the paper
in the fax machine needs changing? Do you always know what to say
to a difficult client? Are you the fastest invoice writer? Even
though these things may seem small, they are important to getting
the job done—and done well.
Give yourself a little credit
for what you do. And keep track! It can help you take the next step
in your career.
One Page Myth
Simple steps to find out the ideal length of your resume.
#1 Take personal inventory
of your existing resume to determine how strong your presentation
really is. The real question Have you communicated why you
are the best candidate for the position?
#2 Your resume is not just
a job description. However it include the results you achieved
on the job.
#3 Ask a friend to read your
resume to see if you have clearly communicated your strongest selling
points in your resume.
#4 Make sure you have weeded
out any unimportant or irrelevant information that does not support
your career objective.
- No personal information,
- No references. Don’t use references on request they are
going to ask for them anyway. You don’t need to give them
#5 When does your job history
start? A maximum of 15 years ago is appropriate. Mention
early jobs briefly.