Friday, July 8, 2011

Resume Advice is Useless!

Do not Heed Resume Advice!

If all the résumé writers in the US (all 8 billion of them) convened at the summit of mount boilerplate, entered into a massive resume writing laboratory and created what they believed to be the next super power most highly efficient and effectual "wins an interview every time" résumé and then asked 50 CEO’s for their candid critique; here would be the results of the meeting faction: 16 CEO’s would like it, 16 would find more things wrong with it, 16 would absolutely hate it and 2 would say resumes are a waste of time.… I know, because I’ve been running résumé focus groups for nearly 20 years. I’ve learned that asking for a résumé opinion is like asking somebody what color they like better red or blue.

Your Resume is a Tool and Needs to be Used Properly to Get the Right Result!

No one résumé will ever please the masses. And the minute you think your close, somebody will come along and tell you your résumé sucks. Therefore, when it comes to résumés, the only thing that is ALWAYS is that it must ALWAYS be used properly to get the right result. I.e. do everything you can to get it to the decision maker and follow up aggressively. Email it and US mail it with a handwritten envelope (guys, have your wife do the hand-writing). And at all costs, ALWAYS leverage a contact and drop that person’s name a hundred times if you have to. Unfortunately, job-seekers are second class citizens in this market. Only you need to love your resume and only you need to love you; the rest will take care of itself!

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