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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:37 PM

Want to get hired? Your resume should look like this

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/15/success/how-to-write-best-resume/index.html

You have seven seconds to make an impression with your résumé. So you better make every one count.

EXECUTIVE BRIEF
Your résumé should:
Be clear and concise on who you are and what you do
Detail accomplishments in digestible bits
Give personality at the end

"Those first seven seconds someone spends on your résumé are the deciding seconds on whether they like you or not," said salary and hiring coach Olivia Jaras. "They spend the rest of the time trying to corroborate that first impression."

Jaras is the founder of Salary Coaching for Women, which helps clients get hired and negotiate salaries.
Your résumé does more than just get you an interview, it also plays a role in determining your salary, she said.

That's why the format, word choice and tone are important to getting the reader on your side.
"It's playing mind games," Jaras said. "A good résumé doesn't sound too pushy, aggressive or assertive. It's a more subtle energy."'


Good advice at the link. Good luck DUers

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:50 PM

1. And dress well.

When someone showed up in shorts and flip flops, we never even looked at their resume'

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:57 PM

2. And apply for jobs for which you are actually qualified, please!

I posted an ad recently for a CAD design specialist with 3-5 years experience in working with lace, silks, and prints for ladies evening wear. An architect applied. ZERO experience in fashion, fabric or dresses. Don't waste this HR lady's time!

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Response to MANative (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:15 PM

4. Your attitude is why most of us hate HR ladies. Your time isn't any more

 

available than others.

I wouldn’t work for you if you wanted me.

I am starting a new job tomorrow and the hiring process was based on mutual respect. I suggest you study what that means.

BTW, you work for somebody just like everyone else there. You aren’t the owner or CEO.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:21 PM

5. I suggest you understand that when I waste time on completely unqualified...

candidates, I don't have sufficient time to devote to all those who are borderline and could be considered. For that posting, I got 439 resumes. All of them had to be reviewed in a window of about four hours. 273 of them had NO related skills, training, or education, but I still had to review them. And I did. Every last one. Yes, there is expediency to spending time phone-screening only the very best candidates rather than the ones who MIGHT get a shot. I interviewed 28 people over 3 days. Every one of them got my full attention and respect. I'm delighted with the person we selected for the position. Now I'm working on 4 other jobs, all with the same kind of numbers you see above. Until you've done this job, you have no idea.

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Response to MANative (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 04:03 PM

7. I found the process very discouraging back during the recession

Found multiple jobs I was immensely qualified for, submitted on line and never heard anything at all.

Had HR experts tell me they were so overwhelmed with applicants that they could only review the first 100 or so. The problem was that for applicants, even if totally unqualified, there was no downside to hitting submit.

All this did was clog up the system so bad that many highly qualified applicants never got noticed.

I will say that at this time, people with my skills are highly recruited and sought after in Michigan.

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Response to MichMan (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 04:14 PM

8. Yes, and that's still the case today for some jobs and some industries

I beg for applications/resumes for some roles and can't find a single person, and I'd pay a huge premium to find one decent candidate, but other jobs... resumes by the hundreds. Some systems we use have rudimentary screening options, but I've also had them reject candidates that should have made it through. So, I turn off the controls and review as many as my eyes can handle. I have a long commute from CT to NYC, so I spend my train ride reading resumes, coming and going.

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Response to MANative (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 08:36 PM

10. I'm older, so I remember the days when you mailed out resumes...

….with fancy paper and envelopes.

Back then, if you didn't meet the job requirements, you wouldn't apply as to not waste your stamps and nice paper/envelopes etc.

Now people can apply to 100 jobs a day online that they aren't remotely qualified for with no downside to them

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Response to MANative (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 02:38 PM

11. truth! I do always try to appreciate every candidates time as word of mouth is very powerfu

that's not to say I respond to everyone with solely fast food experience when hiring for a business development executive - hell no LOL but if they were to follow up I would certainly give them five minutes of my time perhaps offer some advice....at least make sure that when they talk about my company positive things come out of their mouth....

We can file that one under branding LOL

We have knockout questions in our ATS so that we only see qualified candidates... And you can set the same thing up through at least ZipRecruiter if you post there I think glass door does it I don't think indeed does but you can have indeed point to your ats that does.....

Let the computers do most of that sorting for you!

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:11 PM

3. Resumes are read by software now. It looks for key words I think.

 

You are writing to AI now.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:23 PM

6. In some cases, yes. In many, nope. I'm reading them myself...

one by one.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 04:37 PM

9. After passing the software filters, a human will look at it

and it's good to stand out and be memorable. It worked for me.

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