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04/14/10
Resumes. Essential and possible Heading Improvements
Filed under: Recent Posts, Public Relations docs, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 7:58 am

Resume reviewers pass by HEADINGS fairly
quickly with each document they peruse.
Nonetheless, with tight budgets, certain
things can be done to improve a person’s
first pass chances to get into “Look further”
into this candidate.

1.  If a person has a foreign-appearing name
and is either a US citizen or a permanent resident,
please consider indicating that directly under
your name in the PAGE 1 HEADING.  [You
do not want to be excluded for a non-existing
citizenship issue.]

2.  Consider listing your well designed web-
page and/or your detail-filled LinkedIn.com
profile in your heading.  This is better than
multiple addresses [home AND business],
multiple emails, and multiple phone numbers.

21st century resumes summarize the match
of background and experience of candidates
who use 21st tools– webpages, linkedin.com
profiles, and even blogs.  [I am not convinced
twitter is there yet.  However, in the “About”
section of a blog, twitter address seems
appropriate.]

3.  Listing your web-page in your heading
helps you for the second pass resume review.
Where the first pass centers on the “resume
red zone” detailing how you match the
company needs, the second pass provides
support.  Thus, it goes a long way to provide
links on your webpage to articles, accomplishments
and presentations.  These can be links to journals,
manuscripts (.pdf files) or cloud documents
(google docs, like I prefer to use these days.)

4.  Please consider carrying over your name
at the top of page 2 and other supporting
documents in your resume file.  Be sensitive to
the formatting.

5.  Don’t list P. O. Box as your address.

In previous entries we have talked about
suggestions with your name, if it is different
sounding than traditional American names. 
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One Response to “Resumes. Essential and possible Heading Improvements”

  1. site admin Says:


    Very interesting discussions with non-native Americans about
    knowing whether a person’s name looks female or male to
    Americans. We talked about it. Some PI’s will not choose to
    interview someone with an unclear name. (They prefer not to
    deal with the initial meeting awkwardness.)

    Besides, there are plenty of others who also qualify.

    So, just like the citizenship barrier (listing the ability to work
    full time in the US), one needs to project who they are via
    their name (Note: it is illegal to not interview due to sex and
    other differences).

    So, the first names Yasaman, Tais and Paritosh may not be
    clear.
    An Anglicized version of Yasaman is Jasmine (Yes, I can
    see it now!);
    The lady, Tais, is also referred to as Linda (this could be
    parenthetically noted);
    the gentleman, Paritosh, is commonly referred to as Perry
    (as in the movie star.) and can be parenthetically noted.

    This removes that uncertainty.

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