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Great advice pfjw. You really have my creative juices flowing on how to clean up my resume! Thanks

November 05 2011 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All people do with my resume is write notes all over it. They seem to careless about what is written on it.

September 27 2011 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most companies don't want your resume. They usually have some generic application that they copied off the internet.

September 26 2011 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Advice on resume writing is worthy information for those seeking work. I've written dozens of them in my lifetime but in all cases none of the resumes got me jobs. All the jobs I had were done through referrals from friends who knew of a company so and so with a position for someone qualified and the manager is a friend of my friend who would get me the introduction and etc. Nevertheless good resume writing skills are essential, but networking is the most important tool to use in getting that job you want.

September 26 2011 at 9:44 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This is utter, complete, time-wasting hogwash - and will do far more harm than good if followed.
A few basic home-truths:

a) Objectives, profiles and any other non-specific (meaning not directly part of experience and given in context) will do more to exclude a candidate than qualify them. It may state what one can do and/or what one wants - but it therefore also *excludes* one from anything that is not that. Keep in mint that HR people are not looking for reasons to include, but to exclude.

b) The passive voice is deadly. Writing in the past tense is deadly. Writing just what you do is deadly. You want to give only what makes you different, better, more effective and more creative than anyone else. Make the HR person *know* that you will make them look good by calling you in for an inteview. And to that end "I did my duty" in so many words is absolutely fatal. May as well put on the blindfold and stand in front of the firing squad.

c) Resumes are scanned for key words and key phrases. For action words and initiative. Unless you include all of these you will not make the cut.

Cutting to the chase:

2002-2005: General Manager, XXXXXXXXXXXX, Ltd.: Full responsibility for the management of an XXX-acre walled residential community of 1000 expatriates, 500 Office Tenants and an International School of 600 (K-8), and 140 F/T staff. Reduced operating costs by 22% while increasing service levels by strategic outsourcing, increased skills training of staff and better use of physical plant. Eliminated sole-source contracting and purchasing practices resulting in higher quality goods and services at an overall 5% lower cost. Maintained occupancy levels in a difficult market due to scrupulous attention to security issues, resident needs and market requirements. Initiated major projects targeting specific markets that will increase revenues by 10%, but profits by 18%, based on pre-sold contracts. Installed real-time emergency broadcast system and an SMS-Text-Message system for entire compound. Created waste-recycling system (only community in the Kingdom) that generates revenue as well as reducing trash-hauling costs by 15%.

This is from my resume (one page) The things I do are part of the experience - not space-filler and wasteful eyewash. Each thing is something that is not humdrum "I did my job" blather. In 2005, I sent out five copies of that resume to well-researched targets - and got five interviews and two offers - and I had to dictate the interview terms as I was working elsewhere and had to concentrate them to my vacation times in the US.

What makes you better/more effective? What have you done to prove it? THAT must be the form and substance of your resume. It is a propaganda document (but as honest as the law allows) meant to get you an interview - no more. The rest is up to you. And _ANYTHING_ within that resume that does not get that is useless.

Last: Each job gets its own custom resume. One size does not fit all!

September 26 2011 at 9:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Just saw this, thanks! Looks like we agree on about 95% of my article, the rest is assumptions and wrong perceptions on your part. The Profile is, in fact, made up of your best keywords, skills and abilties, not fluff or subjective ideas. I never use passive voice, but still see resumes with it. I don\'t recommend Objectives, just a 2-4 word title, either broad or specific based on what your seeking, and that should always be modified when possible to suit the particular position. Your job description is OK, but has some basic grammar and punctuation problems. It\'s all about how you did your job, yet you call such talk \'blather\'. Hmmm...
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October 16 2013 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Sharon!

So what is the word???

September 26 2011 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Big Ol Ronnieboy

The word that came to my mind when I read the title of the article was 'desperate'.

September 26 2011 at 8:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

In most cases, you are judged by experience only, when it was, what it is, and how long you did it. Everything else matters much less. This culture is very bad for job shifters or people who would like to take another shot at a previous career.

You will get the "impressed with qualfications but looking for someone who more closely meets the requirements" cliched reply many times in an open job situation.

September 26 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I just put STUDMUFFIN on the top of mine. Nuf' said.

September 26 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

To make a nice Resume is fine but in the end, it's nothing but a lottery. You could send 1000 resumes out every day for a year, and not get a call

September 26 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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True - but a badly written, poorly directed resume is usually the issue - not the individual behind it. Really.

September 26 2011 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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