Saturday, February 28, 2009

10 Things You Should Know About Using Your Resume

By John Seraichyk

How your resume is written and formatted is important, but many executives have no idea how to effectively use thier resume.. Below are 10 very important points for discussion:

1. Anything you say on your resume, can and will be used against you in the Human Resources department.
2. There is no such thing as a right or wrong resume
3. If you ask for ten different opinions; that’s exactly what you’ll get
4. Most effective way to be sure your cover letter will be read; send it without a resume!
5. Every time you chaotically surrender your resume, you are giving an employer as many reasons as they need not to talk to you
6. Dont get all hung up on the length of your resume; 1 page - 0-10 years exp., 2 pages 10-15 years exp. , 3 pages 15-20 years exp. More importantly, be sure it lands on the right desk and follow up...
7. Dont get hung up on Scanner-ready resumes ..... The OCR machine is in the HR department. What is your resume doing in the HR department?
8. Never give your resume to a friend
9. Never bring your resume to a networking meeting
10. Never post your resume on the Internet

I am sure that the above will spur your comments; I look forward to responding.

More about your resume http://professionaljobchange.com/resume_hurting_you.htm

Best,
John Seraichyk

4 comments:

John Seraichyk (sir-ray-check) said...

Hey Resume Pro

#4...What I am trying to convey here is that the resume removes the entire mystic and curiosity an employer may otherwise have about you. If you want someone to read your letter; first don’t call it a “cover letter”. Rather, call it a "clever letter". Send directly to a hiring executive without your resume. If you really do your homework, you may even be able to drop a referral name in the first line of the letter.
When you call to confirm receipt of your letter and the execs admin asks for your resume, ask when you can drop one by.

resume pro said...

John,

What does #4 mean?

Resume Pro

IntegrityCareer said...

It is a nice post. It tackles 10 basic things to remember about your resume. But what I liked is about the cover letter. Not all applicants use the cover letter, but for me, a lot of Managers and HR Head Department appreciate a cover letter.

It is very formal to submit cover letters, aside from that, having a very nice resume will lead you to getting that job you want.

Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

John,

Thanks so much for the tips "10 things you should about your resume".

great post

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