Resume Strategies

This helps form the underlying foundation for not just what gets included in your resume – but how and where. The former helps to showcase where you’ve been professionally while the latter has to do much with your career objectives. This causes employers to have a vivid picture of you as an individual with the type of qualifications catered for the type of job you have in mind. But before a picture can be painted in the mind of your prospective employer, you need to know what the image is.

  • Sell it, don’t tell it – to me

Tell it involves stating facts; sell it involves marketing your wares. For instance, Managed start-up of a new 120-employee call center OR directed team of 10 in the successful start-up, staffing, policy/procedure development, budgeting, and operations design for a new SGD $1.5million call center.

Inclusion of a photo with your Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Resume StrategiesPutting a Resume or Curriculum Vitae together requires excellent presentation as well as “selling” your skills and abilities. Great content in your Resume or Curriculum Vitae can be severely compromised by sloppy or “difficult to navigate” presentation. Our resources can really help here.

A frequently asked question is whether including a photo in your Resume or Curriculum Vitae is a good idea or not. Many Human Resources professionals consider it to be an inappropriate practice, because it allows an employer to make judgements about the age, gender, and race of the applicant, or simply to make judgements about the look of an applicant. This is a reasonable point of view and a potential risk.

I would advise against the inclusion of a photo in your Resume or Curriculum Vitae in most circumstances. However, a passport-sized photo in your Resume or Curriculum Vitae can be useful too, helping an employer to keep track of candidates. This is especially true if you have had the chance to deliver your Resume or Curriculum Vitae in person and chat with the employer.

Another circumstance in which a photo would be appropriate in your Resume or Curriculum Vitae is when requested by a prospective employer to do so. This would be a rare occurrence, but a prospective employer may request a photo with your Resume or Curriculum Vitae if they operate in an environment of high security. It would be more common however for a photo to be requested and supplied later in the recruitment and selection process for this reason.

Contents of your One Page Resume.

Therefore your 1-page tear sheet (Resume) starts with

  • the Name of your product (your name)
  • next an Objective which should match the title of what your customer (the Employer’s) need is.
  • next a summary of what you have to offer the employer is relation to this position.
  • next a list of features of your product (a list of achievements that include; the issue or problem that needed to be resolved; the process you went through to resolve it and finally what was the result.
  • next a list of specifications (skills) make sure your list includes all the keywords that are listed in the job description
  • next a list of companies that have used your product (Employment History)
  • and finally your Education

Remember, every job description is different, but a 1-page resume is simple to modify to look as if the job you are applying for is the only job for you and that you meet all or most of the customer’s requirements.

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