Been thinking about a number of resumes
that I have been asked to review. Here
- 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
- Heading: one telephone, one email, one web
presence contact is sufficient; however,
On-line identity: Present it in the resume heading
via LinkedIn.com 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
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
- 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.