From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

February 2011
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Resume observations
Filed under: Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 4:57 pm

Been thinking about a number of resumes
that I have been asked to review.  Here
seven reflections–

-  Target the resume:  is the focus industrial or
academic, part-time or full time, one specifically
targeted position or one of a number.  General
resumes with a “qualification statement” may
be suitable for career fairs where there are
several or many positions.

-  Job boards:  consider targeted industry boards,
targeted industry recruiters and societies that
are growing and nurture the interaction of
seekers (this can be called “niche” boards or
“boutique” boards/societies).

-  Heading:  one telephone, one email, one web
presence contact is sufficient;  however,
   On-line identity:  Present it in the resume heading
via profile and/or web-page (well
constructed and representing you well).  Most
interviewers and recruiters will “google” you.
Know what they will find.
Differentiate yourself positively.

- Work History:  don’t skip items in your work
history.  Limit time gaps.  What did you do when you
did not have a salary-paying job.

-  Career or field change:  I reviewed a resume
that showed a student completing an MS in
engineering while simultaneously taking MBA
business courses.  Pressed on the issue:  He
audited them.  Audited courses do not pass
muster for expertise.
-  Beware:  hybrid skills based/chronological
resumes are not viewed positively.  They can
be seen as “hiding something”.

-  References:  While some say that “googling”
someone is enough.  It is not enough when
a person’s list of references includes someone
I know and can call even before speaking to a

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Presentation tips
Filed under: Interviewing, First Year on Job, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 3:40 pm

Learning and applying ideas from Jerry Weissman’s
e-book Presenting to Win has been fun and some
cool tips are worth sharing.

Weissman talks about learning human visual perception
from Arnheim’s “Art and Visual Perception:  A Psychology
of the Creative Eye”
several limitations about normal
human perception.

 - western cultures commonly scan from left to right
thus:  animation of a favorable idea should project
or swipe from left to right
beware: of animation of a favorable idea from right
to left it confuses the reader.  This direction serves
for presenting unfavorable notions.

- expecting too many eye sweeps on slides tires most
in the audience.  An image containing slide offers
eye movement relief.

- bring something “of the moment” to your presentation,
a news article, about the location, comments that you
heard from audience members before the session .

- concentrate on your audience more than your material.
Customize to their needs rather than covering all the
detail on the slides.

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