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How to Write a Résumé That Doesn't Annoy People - David Silverman

How to Write a Résumé That Doesn't Annoy People - David Silverman
by David Silverman | 11:34 AM June 5, 2009 A Google search for “résumé” results in over 178,000,000 hits, whereas “possum” nets only 5,340,000. Thus the documentation of work experience is 33 and 1/3 more popular than arboreal marsupials. “Administered resolution of issues and implementation of ideas surfaced by individuals.” Huh? We all know that there are more jobs being lost than created, and that an opening will get dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants. I’m not immune. Other people have their own peccadilloes. 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 9. What do you think? This content was adapted for inclusion in the HBR Guide to Getting a Job. Related:  Resume/Profile SearchResume

10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume What you don't include on your resume can be as important as what you do include. Here are 10 things you should leave off: 1. An objective. 2. [Related: 10 Things Your Interviewer Won't Tell You] One exception to this rule is if the job was short-term because it was designed that way, like contract work or, say, working on a political campaign. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. [Related: How Recent Grads Can Land Jobs] 9. 10. Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. More From US News & World Report

How to Write a Killer Resume A resume alone will never help you get hired. It has to be relevant and compelling enough to get your foot in the door. Having reviewed thousands of resumes myself, I've found that most of them read like a cross between an obituary and a museum exhibit timeline. First, let's debunk a couple of resume myths. Resumes are not read, at least not at first. Most executives agree that you should never start with HR, so if you write your resume to match a job, then you're writing for the wrong audience. State what problems you'll solve. Executives are focused on solving challenges of time, money, and risk. Explain who you helped. Many resumes include companies that are not household names so add a short explanation. Say what difference you made. Here, I'm talking about specific measures you took to solve a problem. Show how your experience prepared you. Your work history is cumulative, leading you on a path to greater opportunities. So what does all this mean?

The BEST Cover Letter Ever: How To Write It and Write It RIGHT Now that you know how to write that ever-so-perfect resume, it’s time to WOW potential employers with a cover letter that leaves them in awe of your skills, and gives you what you’re looking for — an interview, and hopefully a job! Step 1: FIGURE OUT THE EMPLOYEE’S NAME and contact information. When composing a cover letter, knowing the name of the employee to send your letter to, her position in the company, and the address of the company is crucial. An easy reason for someone to toss your application in the trash is spelling his or her name wrong. Step 2: CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL FONT. While this may seem pretty standard, it’s actually really important. Step 3: SALUTATION. “It should be Dear Mr. Step 4: IMMEDIATELY INTRODUCE WHAT JOB YOU’RE LOOKING FOR (and then yourself!). Start with a basic introduction sentence to the cover letter such as: Please consider this letter and my attached resume for employment as a summer sales intern at Best Company, Inc. Step 5: COMPLIMENT THE COMPANY. Ms.

If your reference says this, you'll get a job (MoneyWatch) Most experienced, savvy job seekers will ask references for permission before using them. This check-in might be in the form of a quick phone call, in person or by email -- whatever is most convenient for that person. Ideally, this heads up prevents you from naming someone who doesn't have the time to act as a reference or worse, doesn't like you or remember you. If you reach out early, you'll have time to brief them. "Don't wait until the employer asks you for your references to prep them. Very often you do not have a lot of time from the moment you hand over your list to the time that they are called. "This job fits him because of X" You don't just want the reference to recommend you; you want him or her to recommend you for this job. "She is wonderful because of X, Y and Z" Your reference is essentially telling the story of you as an employee, and the best stories have powerful, demonstrative details. "I worked side by side with him" "I'm so glad you called"

How to Write a Résumé: Advice for Older Job Seekers 20-things-you-should-leave-off-your-resume-and-your-linkedin-account A resume may be the only opportunity you have for making a good first impression with a prospective employer, and getting your foot in the door for an interview. It is therefore worth your while to invest some time making it the best resume possible. Beyond neat typing and printing on beautiful stationery, or in the case of submitting online, a clear and easy-to-read PDF, here is a list of 20 things you definitely need to omit from your resume for a better chance at scoring that interview. 1. Emphasize, and place at the top of your resume, those skills that you actually want to continue developing in your next job. 2. The only exception to this is if you only graduated from high school. 3. If you're still using an old, seemed-appropriate-at-the-time email address--gnarlydude56@yahoo.com--it's time to create a new, more professional one. 4. Misspelled words and poor grammar are total job-possibility killers--proofread several times and have others proof for you. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

The Best Cover Letter I Ever Received - David Silverman by David Silverman | 1:18 PM June 15, 2009 In my last post I talked about how to make your résumé more likely to catch the attention of a hiring manager. As a follow up, I’d like to discuss cover letters. That’s because the cover letters I see usually fall into one of three categories: The recap: The résumé in prose form. When you know the name of the person hiringWhen you know something about the job requirementWhen you’ve been personally referred (which might include 1 and 2) Under those conditions, you can help your cause by doing some of the résumé analysis for your potential new boss. Here’s what I like about this cover letter: It’s short. The writer of this letter took the time to think through what would be relevant to me. And that means the writer isn’t just showing me skills related to the job, he’s showing me he’ll be the kind of employee who offers up solutions — instead of just laying problems on my desk. What do you think?

Jim Plush's Blog - This may be the best resume I have ever seen UPDATE: Here is the resulting stats from all the Hacker News Traffic What happens when you are the #1 article on Hacker News Over my nearly 20 years in software I've seen thousands of resumes and the biggest chore is weeding out who seems like a good potential match. Unfortunately you have to trim down the list of resumes to people you want to phone screen with, then people you actually want to have come in person. Most of the time you'll see bullet points such as these: Rockwell Collins 2000-2009 Technologies used: Java, C++, PHP, Python, Ruby, MySQL Ok great, we use Java and PHP and Python but how competent are they in those languages? Today on Forrst.com I came across what I think should be the future of the resume. **** UPDATE **** The main thing I take from the resume is the ability to see percentage of use across skillsets. A rough xml sketch could be Here is a link to the full resume image:

12 Eye-Catching Resume Tips inShare761 Gone are the days of simply mailing your resume, receiving a call, shaking hands at the interview and agreeing on a start date for that new job. The Internet has taken over the recruiting landscape and everyone is required to submit a resume online. While that brings greater efficiency to the process for employers, it can be awfully maddening for job seekers. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you know how to navigate the system. Consider these 12 tips before pressing “submit:” 1) Search job boards and the websites of employers that appeal to you. 2) Use a highlighter to mark the keywords and industry language used to describe the requirements and responsibilities of each position. 3) Compare those words and phrases to the language that appears in your current resume. 4) Figure out how and where to add the most relevant keywords to your resume, assuming you have the specific knowledge, skills and experience. 7) Never submit a generic, one-size-fits-all resume or cover letter.

Yes, Your Résumé Needs a Summary How long will recruiters spend on your résumé before deciding to toss it in the recycle bin? Six seconds, says online job search site The Ladders. That’s about 20 to 30 words. So how do you write those first few lines of your resume—the summary section—to compel the recruiter to keep reading? Here’s a checklist: Tailor your summary to each job application. Let’s look at a few examples of powerful summaries: “Pharmaceutical marketing executive with 20 years of experience creating commercial infrastructures, growing brands, and optimizing product value throughout launch, re-launch, and sunset life cycles across all customer segments—payers, physicians, and patients. “EHS director with 20 years of experience driving regulatory compliance and employees’ health and safety across industries—manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. “Online ad sales director with 12 years of experience leading sales teams in start-up, rapidly growing, and established companies. Focus on specific results.

Speed Up Your Metabolism Not happy with the metabolism you've got? These strategies—for mealtime, gym time, downtime and bedtime—will help you put the pedal to the metal. Pick protein "Protein is the building block of muscle," says Roberta Anding, R.D., a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Bump Up Your Burn Your muscles can use only 30 grams of protein at any time, a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association notes. Breakfast: 6 ounces lowfat yogurt with 1/2 cup berries and a medium skim latte (23 g) Lunch: Spinach salad with 2 oz chicken and 1/3 cup black beans, served with pita with 2 tbsp hummus (30 g) Dinner: Asian stir-fry with 1/3 cup each tofu, snow peas, red bell peppers, bok choy, bean sprouts and 3/4 cup brown rice, sprinkled with 2 tbsp slivered almonds (23 g) Soothe Your Stress It's impossible to live in a worry-free bubble, but constant anxiety can cause your adrenal gland to pump out too much cortisol. Be a Cardio Queen

Executive Assistant Resume Use your executive assistant resume to successfully market yourself to potential employers. Open the door to the job you want with a well written resume that highlights your skills and abilities to successfully perform in the executive assistant position. This executive administrative assistant resume provides the structure you need to develop your own persuasive and professional resume. Your mailing addressYour phone numbersYour email address Objective Examples: Seeking a position as an executive assistant in a challenging work environment. An executive assistant position in a company that recognizes hard work and commitment as key to successful job performance. To secure the position of executive assistant in a demanding work environment where my organizational and planning skills are fully utilized. Profile Statement Three years experience as an executive assistant in a fast-paced environment. Work Experience Executive Assistant Baines Incorporated, New York, NYJanuary 2010 - Date Education

Where to Recruit Great Employees: 5 Ideas "To succeed, surround yourself with great talent." Sounds great. Also sounds expensive. Hiring the best is really hard to pull off in practice, especially if your goal is to hire Lamborghinis and all you have is a Kia budget. So what can you do? People, just like stocks, are often underappreciated and undervalued, like people who have great skills but no experience in your industry. Or people who suffer due to negative social stereotypes. The key to finding great talent at a price you can afford is to be a hiring contrarian. Here are some examples of great talent that are often hiding in plain view: Career switchers Teachers are a great example. While you can train skills, do you have the time and resources to "train" your employees to possess qualities like those? Where career switchers are concerned, the key is to ignore their industry and look at the qualities the person possesses: Good salespeople are self-starters. With a little training, outstanding people excel in almost any job. Youth

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