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THE ART OF THE RESUME: TIPS & TRICKS

DH


Some key formatting tricks for resumes are:

  • DO: Use bulletpoints. Otherwise a resume is a very overwhelming document.
  • DO: Start out each sentence, in a bulletpoint, with a power word.
  • DO: At the top, place a summary of your experience and abilities, not an objective. Why? The objective is obvious. You're applying to a specific job afterall.
  • DO NOT: Do not bother space stating References, available upon request. That is a given.


THE ART OF THE RESUME: STAFFING AGENCIES

DH


Many  of us here have experience working for the largest national and international and even smaller staffing agencies. Staffing agencies make their money on selling candidates/jobseekers to businesses who need staff, whether on a temporary basis or a permanent basis. They might sell a candidate on an hourly basis for $15 per hour but the candidate may only get $10 per hour from the staffing agency. That is where the staffing agency makes their money. The staffing agency may have only met that candidate that day but because they were so tenacious at the sale, they may wind up making money on that candidate. Not all candidates are created equal and as such, staffing agencies interview as many as possible to yield a return for their combined efforts. Staffing agencies, as all businesses do, have their place in society whether liked or not.


To make best use of a staffing agency:

  • A job seeker should take every Skills Assessment test they can and keep those scores on record so they can speak to them in job interviews. Even for job interviews not gained by the staffing agency. Reason is that one might sell themselves as being this or that but objective metrics come from tests. Test results are not subjective. Use them.
  • Also, go to every staffing agency you can because they do not all have access to the same jobs.
  • If you are asked where you have applied recently, do not tell them. They will use this information to try and get their candidates in there too.


Utilize these few key tips and you will be successful.

THE ART OF THE RESUME: WHAT NOT TO DO

DH


Throughout my years in writing resumes and helping clientele, it still surprises me that despite the resources out there so many resumes are so poorly worded. A few weeks ago I read a resume, of a candidate being considered by a hiring manager, whose chance at a job were shot down because of a poor resume. It was formatted beautifully. However, it had several flaws ranging from an almost incoherent summary/objective section, no defined action verb use, inconsistent tense use, clearly a general resume not specific to the job applied for, and a series of entrepreneurial activities that as displayed could be construed as the primary focus, not the job applied for. Bottomline-- the resume was a dud and that candidate did not make it into the queue for consideration.  A resume can make the difference. Study up.

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW

DH


A job interview is fundamentally just to see if there is a right culture fit. That is, if the hiring manager read the resume in advance. I have experienced interviews where the hiring manager did not even read the resume in advance and it was clear there was no fit from an experience standpoint. You cannot always rely on Human Resources to make the right fit.  However, if the skills fit is there (or close enough), it becomes about mind state, culture and your experience-- in concert. Therefore, in a job interview, one should never be nervous. It's basically a first introduction to a potential new co-worker. As long as you take it with respect, honor, ethics and genuine passion then you are in good company.  Own your limits, accept your quirks and so too be mindful of your experience and  show how your mind set has led you to success. Whether its a mindset in logic, passion, or otherwise.


Reference material, such as articles and checklists, regarding resumes, interviewing, staffing agencies and the like.


THE ART OF THE RESUME: POWERWORDS

DH


There is a lot to be said for the right word, in the right context. A resume needs to be a compelling narrative. Showing action, not fluff. That's why words like and starting  with (in bullet point format of course) : Facilitated, Coordinated, Managed, Responsible for, etc..

are so impactful.  They speak to aspects of your role that relate to aspects of the applied for role. Also, instead of subjectively stating "I'm a quick learner"  (of which everyone says this and should not be your key selling point), you can demonstrate that you in fact are. For example: Facilitated achievement of goals assigned to the role, with no previous experience in the role. This speaks to your abilities and the experience one has gained. Use powerwords and be clear.


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