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.

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A Tough Job Search Made Easy! - An Inspiring Success Story!

A Tough Job Search Made Easy! - An Inspiring Success Story!

By John Seraichyk

Mikes situation was a tough one. After spending more than thirty years in the same industry, at age 55, Mike retired from his former employer. While retirement was relaxing at the outset, two plus years later, Mike became extremely jaded.

Mikes major liability was the 29 month gap in his employment history. Additionally, Mikes entire career had been spent in the automotive sector; there certainly isn't much of a job market in that industry in 2009!

The Executive Search Strategy

Upon aggressively researching possible company targets in and around the preferred geography, we identified key decision makers inside and outside of our network and began targeted credential submissions. After being rejected by approx 55 companies, we continued with aggressive research and targeted submissions which led to an interview for an unadvertised position with the Bose Corporation. Shortly thereafter, we Identified a 3 billion dollar medical device manufacturing company right dead center in our preferred geography. Our research and insider network indicated that this company was acquiring a local manufacturer and seeking Executive VP level talent to head the Brockton MA location. Two weeks and three rounds of interviews later, mike tabled an offer on a Saturday afternoon coming directly from the CEO. Mike was fast tracked as this position was not advertised anywhere and thanks to Browning Associates the job never had to be. If you would like to speak with Mike or any of our successful executives, please contact me direct 401-825-7717 x1010.

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