Published: Friday, March 21 2014 9:55 a.m. MDT
So, airigant, egotistical, vain and lazy. That is a Leo. I know I am one.
Also avoid convicted, incarcerated, unemployed, damaged, illegal and embezzled.
Especially don't misspell words on your resume. Airigant? (Arrogant) I love
it when I am reading a resume with someone trying to look smart by using big
words and they misspell them.
mrtmaag - No truer words spoken.
Stephen Covey said everyone has the same job description: "Make the boss
happy."As a resume coach I teach "products have features,
people buy benefits." Your resume is part of a campaign to "sell"
your time, talent, skills, and knowledge. It must paint a picture of the benefit
you'll bring. In other words, your training and experience are your
features, show what you accomplished in the past to describe the benefit you
bring to the new position. The worst thing on most resumes? The
"Objective." It focuses on you and what you want and is wasted space. As
an interviewer I am turned off by buzz-word-stew like "seeking a challenging
position with growth where I can use my skill to contribute and advance."
Instead, give me a powerful summary that shows, in three or four
lines, your greatest strengths and skills and experience. Your resume will get
less than 10 seconds of before I either reject it or put it in the
"maybe" pile. Use that 10 seconds to convince me to read the rest of it
so I can see what you offer and I call you for the interview.
I am also befuddled when I look at a resume or application and the job seeker
actually gives me excuses for, or negative feedback about why they aren't
with a previous employer. I don't even look further after I see that.
Never, ever talk negatively or offer reasons or excuses about negative
experiences with a previous employer on a resume, or worse, in an interview.
@Hutterite LOL!@Stormwalker "buzz-word-stew" I love that
phrase, I'm keeping it for future use. And good advice.Good
There are two major problems here that serious job seekers need to know about so
they can work around:1) The brainless HR people who paid big $ for
their automated resume searcher so they could reduce the already very small
amount of useful work they were doing don't search for "achieved",
"improved", etc. If they did, the number of resumes that would pop up
would make their empty skulls explode. Instead, they actually search on useful
terms like "Microsoft Office", "Oracle", "Java", etc.
Thus, your brilliantly crafted "achievement" resume stays in
their manure pile--especially at very large companies. So in
addition to all your accomplishments, be sure to include as many technologies,
programming languages, etc. in that resume as you can--to improve your chances
of getting out of the pile and into human hands who might actually read your
achievements. 2) The HR people saying "don't put an
objective at the top of your resume" never tell college English teachers and
career advisers, "Stop telling students to write objectives at the top of
their resume!" Thus, the worthless cycle continues, as the students never
learn that their A-grade resume is useless for actually getting a job.
I once read a job application where the applicant actually used profanity trying
to tell us how good of a job he would do for us.
As an employer I will say - Do not put an objective at the top of your resume
unless 1) it is actually says something and 2) is for the job you are applying
for. Reading - I want to work at a company that provides me the opportunity to
grow and be productive does not set you apart. Hopefully that is
everyone's objective. Even more important - DO NOT put an objective that
is not consistent with the job you are looking for. "I am looking to be a
legal secretary" does not help if you are applying to be the receptionist in
a dentist's office. Translated it says "I will will be quitting this
job as soon as I get a call back from a law firm." Two thirds of the
resumes I get that actually identify the job they want are not consistent with
the job they are applying for. And the resume goes straight to the recycle bin.
If you will not take the time to think through what your resume
says when looking for a job, how can I trust you to take care of my company and
It seems like many of you know what to look for on a resume.I have
been applying to facilities all over the state, and I have never had an
"expert" critique my resume. Because of this, I don't know if
it's great, good, or garbage. I've always been told to put an
"objective". I don't know where a good place would be to have
someone look at my resume so I could know which stuff to add, take away, or how
to organize it better.Any suggestions from you fine people would be
@TOO, LDS Employment Services will do that for you. What field are you looking
for work in?
@gittalopctbi -- Thanks!!@Denverite - Totally agree about the
automated screening programs. They knock out good candidates who didn't
clear a thresh hold on industry jargon, and advance poor candidates who happened
to meet the buzz-word metric. I also teach people to be specific, use
industry-specific terminology, and to show achievements with hard numbers as
much possible. @RBB - Good advice, good observation. @The Rock - I have to admit, I probably would have interviewed the person,
just out of curiosity. But then, I consider skillful and creative cussing (as
opposed to casual profanity) to be a dying artform, so don't go by me.
Try something new. For business or technology jobs, instead of a cover letter,
attach a power point presentation showing how you would perform the job being
described in the job description or after an initial phone screen interview
follow up. Be sure to use colors that match the colors of the company your are
applying to, include a watermark picture from the company's website and
place the company logo at the top right or left of the Powerpoint. Be sure to
place your name, page number, and date at the bottom of each page.This shows three things. One that you understand the job and what is needed
to be done. Two that you know how to create presentations, and three you can
talk the talk of business and technology.I have been using this
process for the last three jobs that I have had. All of the hiring managers and
where used, the executive search firms, have commented how it set me apart from
all of the other candidates.My resume is multiple pages, but the
first page has my skills listed on the left and major accomplishments on the
@TOOCreating a good resume is very difficult: sell something
(yourself) and present yourself in an honest-but-flattering way. A
cookie-cutter approach wont work. You need a basic format, but should adjust
your resume for every job application. I should fit the description as much a
possible. This requires time and attention to detail. The exact
format depends on what you have done and what you are looking for. Seeking the
same job at a new company is different from a major career change, and that is
different from moving to a new field but using a lot of skills you already have.
Be careful of resume writing services - it might look good, but you
don't learn anything.See if you can find some (free) seminars
offered by career centers that include somebody looking at your resume and
offering advice. See if somebody in your church or social circle who
does hiring will look at it. Listen to their feedback, then create a
resume from scratch. Don't use a template, too hard to change and adjust as
needed. I wish I could help more, but I am in Cleveland.
Without knowing at least one significant person in the organization (or, at
least, something significant about him/her)and keen insight into what the
company does, how it operates, and who the key players are, a resume will be a
lone voice in the wilderness.
Thank you Stormwalker. That helps a lot.On the other hand--I am in
TOOA nurse? Get help with your resume. Something is knocking you out
of consideration. Get it fixed. If you are a new nurse try nursing
homes and large hospitals with entry-level programs. Don't be picky.
You'll work long hours, nights, weekends. Experience counts. If
you are new look at transferable skills from your past - customer service skills
can be highlighted. Accurate cash handling can transfer to accountability over
medications. Problem solving in any field counts. Ask friends if you
can see their resume, see what they are doing that you need to change. If you have a lot of experience, in nursing or otherwise, don't go
back more than ten years. Showing 20 or 30 years on your resume can age you out
in the screening process - there is a vast difference between "new" and
a year experience, a similar gulf between a year and five years. But after that
it matters less and less, a decade seems to be the cut-off.Finally:
You are now in sales, selling you. Network. Everyone is a potential contact or
referral to a job. Always look professional. Have copies of your resume or a
business card handy.Good luck!
Stomwalker,Thank you. Currently I work at a hospital in northern
Utah, but I need to progress further for educational purposes. That's why
I'm looking toward another facility that will give me the opportunity. In
the current one, I am not yet experienced, but other hospitals will offer to my
same experience level, it is just competitive.Thank you for your
As a department manager at an engineering firm I can tell you how I review
resumes' 1. The name of the companies you worked at that have some
relevance to the job you are applying for.2. What did you do there and
what did you do it with.3. Dollar figures, $1.00 projects or
$10,000,000.00 projects?4. Veteran?5. School and Degree?Your perceived goals don't matter. Team player will be determined after
you join our team. Motivated, forward thinker, goal oriented.... all are buzz
words I just don't have time to read.If the first page of your resume
passes the first 5 questions and you have a valid phone number on the first page
you may get a call.
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