Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Resumes Lead To Rides

Same old story.. Same song and dance.. It’s a rollercoaster isn’t it? This damn thing called… Every opportunity comes with catch.. There is always a catch.. The paranoid are the only ones who seems to have some resemblance of having their bases covered..

To deliver you need to know certain key points… What do they say they want? Easy enough right? Well not exactly.. Now you need to know what they really want.. This can be the tricky part.. This is true in anything this life brings to your doorstep.. Be it an interview, relationship, friendship, sales pitch, etc.. You have to keep an eye on the angle. I know cryptic isn’t it? But as anyone should be able to tell you that’s the way it works kiddo. We’re all suckers for it, at least once.. Usually many more times than that though.. I can assure you of that….

How do you see the angle? Well that’s just experience… observe the mentality and body language.. Emotion shows up everywhere.. And just as the hit TV show Lie To Me.. Everyone has a tell.. Now I can’t claim to be a certified expert at this.. But they really are obvious for the most part.. Lets take the interview for example. You will most likely gear your resume towards the job posting… Hey that’s a start.. The mind games start for you before you even step foot in an office.. You will tell more about yourself in your actions then they will get from your actual conversation… So what is the best approach to it? Don’t prepare for the questions.. Be straightforward, and follow their lead.. They set the tone.. If the interviewer is well spoken, don’t use slang.. If they’re body posture is showing all business you’d do best to do the same.. If they joke around you better join in the fun.. Always show interest, because you shouldn’t be there if your not.. If you do your homework, you’ll do fine.. I know preschool stuff right? You’d be surprised….

Now for the catch to this.. It doesn’t always work.. You’ll be let down.. Way more often than not.. And the reasons are usually unfair.. They just don’t like you.. Your hair, clothes, voice, etc.. Yeah I said it.. They won’t.. So be sure to ask for their feedback.. If you get any just it to use.. They may spot a chink in that shiny armor of yours.. Or you just got beaten out by a more qualified candidate.. Or your to expensive.. Or etc, etc, etc.

The resume is your best bet to get in the door. Is yours up to date? Have you groomed it thoroughly? Please tell me you have at least written it.. I’d suggest that you re-write yours if someone has done it.. You’ll have more confidence in your abilities, be more on point in the interview, and take more pride in it… Here are some quick tips…

Is it sectioned out properly?

Did you use a template? Consider the “flow” of the document..
It is crucial…

Spell Check it!!! Seriously.. Sometimes things get mistyped..

Keywords.. Expertise or Experience.. Which is cocky and which is
confident??

Outline the areas in which you have worked.. Show that you can
do these things.. Be able to talk intelligently about them
when asked..

Be sure the dates are correct on employment, education, etc…

Take it one step at a time.. Proofread and repeat..

Format it again to make it fit…

Outline key definable metrics.. Cost savings, efficiency and be
able to back that up.. Nice addition..

Length is optional.. One sheet is fine.. Two is better in my book..
Show what’ve actually done..

Major points not the small details..

References are available upon request??? HA! Provide them, what
do you have to hide?

That summary at the top better outline your largest accomplishments!
Nothing trivial..

The intangible factors (the IT Factor) can be talked if need be..
But I’d save it for the interview.. That way they know your not
grasping at straws!

Finally have several people check it.. Let them provide feedback..
Consider it.. Revise if you want.. If not, run with it.. Its
yours! Go back it up..

And last be not least.. Print a copy to review from time to time..
You may want to add, revise when things come to mind..

See the resume is a living document.. It represents your working life.. What you can do.. What you have done during your professional life.. It’s the car you drive.. If it’s a busted ride, your not getting much love out there.. Same with the resume my friend..

Additional Resources..

Works Templates - Check the templates on the works templates section.

Word Templates - Same thing here, or visit Microsoft's Office.com

Resume Pointers - resumetemplates.org is a start.. I still believe doing your own is the best.. but thats my thoughts.. Site also has an interview guide for those interested..

Another sources of good pointers lies here.. I've never used their services or tried them out.. But if you are at wits end, and don't want to ask for help.. give them a shot.. I agree with this page of pointers at least..


So did you get that? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Are you good to go? If so.. Strap in.. Let it ride..

As always.. Knock Hard.. Life is Deaf…

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