As part of our Accelerate Your Career event on April 20th, we will have great team on hand to review resumes between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. This will be your chance to spring clean your resume, seek advice, and brainstorm. We asked one of our volunteers, a local human resources manager, a few questions to get the conversations started:
Carrie, some career practitioners are suggesting that job hunters include profiles in their resumes, as opposed to an objective, at the start of their resume. Is a brief synopsis of who you are and what you can do (2-4 sentences) more effective?
I think that the most important part to a resume is the cover letter, regardless of having an objective/profile. I believe that this is a non-negotiable piece of a resume that should be included with every submission for a position. I do agree with a profile instead of objective. However, I think that the cover letter is where a person should really be explaining themselves, their intent, and the fact that they are better than all other candidates. If a job seeker feels that they still want some sort of ‘introduction’ on their resume, the profile can be like a short business card to give a quick overview of who they are.
What about live links to blogs, web pages and portfolios in a resume? Do you see an increase in the inclusion of URL’s and QR (Quick Response) codes to link readers to additional materials about the job seeker?
This all depends on the job seeker, the requirements of the position, and the job seeker’s background. If someone has great experience in web work, marketing or drafting, then there should definitely be some sort of tie in to their portfolio. If the job seeker isn’t familiar with these strategies, then I would always recommend having a top-notch resume. Be good at one thing (your resume) instead of being ‘ok’ at a couple things: QR code, a website, etc. A job seeker should only include information, links, etc. if they feel that they are valuable pieces of information for the company to review that showcase abilities.
When you think back to some of the best resumes you have seen in the last 6 months, what stands out for you?
I can easily remember the worst: spelling mistakes, wrong company in the cover letter, or not formatted correctly. The not-so-good resumes stay in my mind much more easily! As for the best, I would say the people who really wanted to stand out from other candidates explained what they wanted to do and how they would benefit the company. They didn’t have the same cover letter for each position (it’s easy to tell if it is just an automatic template) as well as personalizing the resume to fit the job posting. I can understand that it is a lot of work to apply for positions. However, I see it as its your ‘job’ until you get the position. How are you showing that you are behind your job seeking 100% and putting your full attention to starting your career?
Is the first 3rd of your resume still the most important, to grab the employer’s attention?
Hmm... that is a tough one to answer. I personally look at the whole resume, no matter what. The first third rule may apply for longer resumes, however my thoughts are that there aren’t too many resumes that should be longer than 3 pages. All information should be relevant to the position that the job seeker is searching for. If a job seeker is trying to set out most important to least, then the last page is obviously the ‘less’ important information.
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