Rule 1 (Misinformation)
Over 60% of what you have read, what you have heard and what you know
about a job resume probably does not apply to you. Close is no cigar in
Job Seeking. Only one gets hired! The short version is: misinformation
is probably (wrong, outdated, and supplied by a person not on the pulse
of hiring decision-making) costing you thousands of dollars in pay, costing
you job interviews, and leaving your career at a place less than where
you want it to be.
Rule 2 (1st impression is not your appearance,
but the appearance of the resume)
The Layout creates your first impression. If your resume was a new car
at a car dealership, you want the hiring manager (customers) to be crowding
around your car. You can look like you make $10,000 on paper aesthetically
or you can look like you make your market value. Think of book covers
and magazine covers. Some are distinguished. Some are cheap and unrefined.
Rule 3 (What format is best)
Never use the words functional or chronological again they are from the
70's! Whatever it takes to showcase your transferable skills to the employer
in your target career field dictates the format. There should be no rules
except for honesty to do what it takes to get you an interview.
Rule 4 (Use of an objective or other
forward looking section)
Your resume has to have a forward-looking skills and goals representation
at the top of the resume; a "Today through tomorrow" if you
will. This section is critical to save the reader time and allow them
quick access to your most valuable transferable skills. It should showcase
what you are bringing to the table, what your experience and skills mean.
The section must be written to build the reader's confidence and momentum
(in terms of wanting you) CREATE A PERCEPTION OF VALUE!
Rule 5 (Experience Section)
The Experience and education section serves to substantiate the perception
of value created in the today through tomorrow summary/bio/goals/objective
section as detailed in Rule 4.
Your experience content cannot be a responsibilities and duties set.
Two reasons, one duties and responsibilities are the minimum you are supposed
to do therefore this creates a collection of minimums (How attractive!)
And secondly, your value is not in what you did, but what you learned
from the experience, how doing your job well helped your employer, what
you have retained from this experience and how efficiently you can apply
what you have retained from this experience. That's why we interview you!
Leave migration from a collection of minimums to performance messaging
Rule 6 (Average quality resume does
no justice for good quality employee)
If your resume does not delineate your most valuable transferable skills
and does not expedite the reader's access to these skills then the format
Rule 7 (English language is your friend
or your enemy)
If you make $75,000 per year (for example) and your lack of expertise
in proper resume preparation has allowed you to put task statements and
traits on your resume that you needed for a part-time job in high school
(self-motivated, good communicator) then you have infected your resume
with terminal career cancer.
Executives don't represent themselves with words that can describe cakes
and pies (good, excellent...nonsense!)
Executives form and manage partnerships, create new company cultures,
increase interdepartmental idea sharing!
Rule 8 - A Resume is the most important
document you own!