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12/04/11
Resume Pointers.
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 10:00 am

We might read articles in the WSJ on resumes
with a ‘grain of salt.’  It is focused on “business” graduates
rather than technical, or scientific, and certainly not
academic focused resumes.

Comments to an article on Updating a resume for 2011
seem helpful.
1  - target the decision makers, rather than blanket
your PR documents on job boards [D. King]
2  - focus your skill set, rather than trying to be a
generalist [D. King]
3  - length of resume [1 or 2 pages] is less relevant
than use of keywords in a brief, specific and easy to
read document {human and algorithm friendly}[K. Dew]
4  - submit your resume in a careful, persistent and
respectful manner knowing that not everyone will
like every structure and content element. [J. Seraichyk]
5  - “cold” submissions prove to be less successful than
“warm” submissions via referrals, contacts, or network
members
6  -  “Job hunting [is]… a solvable marketing problem.
Not merely a resume problem or a recruiter problem or
a networking problem.” [T. Kellum]

Adding:
  - be willing to test “rules of thumb”, like
only the last 10 years experience counts, I have had recent
proteges use work more 20 years ago be significant
don’t use objective, I have had numerous recent grad and
mid-career people target their resume “red zone” with
relevant Objective and significant Highlights to obtain
interviews and offers
don’t apply for a position in a growing company that you
have no background for, I have recently encouraged a
mid-career person to do just the opposite, citing clear
transferable skills that good interviewers will admire–
she starts in a month.
   -online presence is now half the game plan.

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