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05/09/09
Resume Feedback. Who should I ask, What should I do with it
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 10:12 am

The purpose of a resume is to represent your skills
and interests with the object of attracting attention
and obtaining interviews.  Different positions and
openings have different matches for resume content
and resume structure.  (If you are getting interviews,
negative comments may not mean much.)

It is possible to get overwhelmed with feedback
from different people who offer it.  Each person
you ask will likely provide different preferences
some can be constructive, some can be “less on
target.” 

Louise Fletcher thoughtfully suggests keeping
your resume review requests targeted and specific
to individuals who know you and your work well.

Kim Isaacs offers that there is value in feedback
positive or negative but it requires a disciplined
review process.

1  face the criticism, does it identify credentials
that job postings specify showing how you meet
or exceed the qualifications

2  don’t be hard on yourself, learn from a
different perspective and explore satisfying
ways to meet the challenges.

.3  thank the reviewer, tell her that the new
perspective for the roles she had in mind was
something you had not considered.  In those
applications you will deal with them with
inclusions of specific accomplishments or cite
specific methods in a keywords or methods
/skills section.

A few other items are worth mentioning:

-  reviewing for typos and clarity always has
value [I know one reviewer who guarantees
she can find at least one issue on every resume.]

recruiters who specialize in the field in
which you wish to work will know the key
terms and understand what hiring managers
seek for different positions.

 -  have mentors who you can ask for ideas on
how to include or modify entries to meet
the criticisms for submissions to certain positions.

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