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Ask The Career Engineer – TCE, Help My Resume…PLEASE!!!

I’ve Got the Resume Blues!  

 mmw-veterans-jobs-v2Q:       I have a 3 page resume which I feel really shows my work history and all my accomplishments.  A friend, who happens to be a supervisor, reviewed it for me.  He told me it’s too long and that no one will spend that much time reading my book as he called it.  He mentioned that I must cut it down to (1) page or stay unemployed for a long time.  Should my resume be only 1 page? I have been looking for a job now for about six months.  What should I do?  Paula, L. (Virginia)

A:        Dear Paula, your friend may have a point; however, he could have expressed it in a more gentle fashion.  In most cases a resume should not exceed 2 pages.  However, let me first clarify the purpose of a resume.

1.    Everyone repeat after me, a resume does not get you a job; its only purpose is to get you an interview. 

2.    If you are submitting your resume and are receiving calls from employers for interviews (in your correct market) , then your resume is effective.  Of course, the opposite is also true, if you are not getting any calls you may want to revisit your primary marketing tool aka “resume”.

3.    Style and visuals are your personal preference as long as your resume is providing enough “meat” and limited “fluff” showcasing what you can do for an organization.

4.    Resumes are very important, but also don’t discount the power of social media and it’s impact on your career brand.  We are discovering that some decision makers on sites such as LinkedIn are viewing your profile BEFORE they ever see your resume.  So make sure your online branding is powerful, error-free and consistent to showcase your value, knowledge, skills and abilities.

From my experience, most HR professionals have stated that they spend about 30 seconds on an initial resume screening to determine if your resume will go into the “call back” or “send the letter” pile.   You may want to find a format that will allow your “filet mignon” to reside on the top half of your resume followed by your “ground beef” portions positions near the end.

Power Pushup Note to Readers:  There are some recruiters and talent professionals that look at the BOTTOM of your resume first.  So again I say, make sure your design is selling how AWESOME, EFFECTIVE and VALUABLE you are… so that no matter where they start reading, you will shine!

 

If you have a question for “The Career Engineer” send an email to francina@TCEnow.com .  Author of the book, A Mind to Work:  The Life and Career Planning Guide for People Who Want. Need to Work!   For more information on The Career Engineer, call 757-745-4TCE or visit our website at www.TCEnow.com .

TCE’s Top 10 Keys To Staying Unemployed (Out of a Job and Broke!)

A bona-fide TCE Career Pull-up Post:  I’ve just created a new TCE math formula for winning a great career opportunity!  Here it is — getting hired is 80% (Engagement/Human Factor) and 20% (Skill/Knowledge/Ability). 

 

As someone who has help professionals to Get Hired and StImageay Hired for over 14 years, I am truly in a STATE OF SHOCK, at how many candidates drop the ball with LACK of interpersonal skills and human engagement.  I am not talking about the 16 – 24 year old…this is “as my ancestors would say “Grown Folks Acting…a Fool” type of thing.

I know it’s EASIER to blame The White House, President Obama, Employers and Congress on the mythical lack of jobs, reduction in opportunity and the economy.  Yes, they have a part to play in this by sticking with the party versus the people (no doubt).  Hey, don’t believe the hype; there are opportunities posted each and every day! (Check out TCEJobStop for proof of that).  However today, I want to turn the conversation around a bit to the increasing LACK of career protocol or, “know-how” to COMPETE, WIN & EARN...a sustainable job or career.

In this time of sequestration and opportunity (yes I said the word opportunity) I am in a You Can’t Write This Stuff state of mind based on what I have seen (with my glasses on) from members of the workforce.  I would have loved to witness career ready concepts converted into REAL displays such as:  powerful presentation, self-driven initiative, follow-through, demonstrated performance and corporate/individual responsibility; but I didn’t.  With over 400 views in 1.75 days for (1) particular job, I can count on my fingers, a couple of empowerment-based candidates who did make it to the interview stage (smh).  This is truly a sad commentary, as I am sure the qualifications where there, but the lack of the human WOW factor prevented those skills and abilities from getting…noticed!

Now the moment of truth and hope, if you find yourself doing ANY of the below, please stop immediately.  If you are NOT displaying these behaviors, you are ahead of your competition by 80%!  Here is my list and good luck on your career search.

TCE’s 10 Ways to NOT Get HIRED:

  • Failure to show up for…(get this) a virtual meeting such as phone or Skype!
  • Lack of email management to check SPAM folder for interview confirmation
  • ERRORS ON RESUME — job titles, dates of work, emails or heck (no phone or email at all!!)
  • Post confirmation and phone screen, failure to SHOW-UP at physical interview (unbelievable)
  • Terrible diction, poor affect, lack of engagement, questioning the interviewer on why they have to show up for a second interview (oh these were degreed and a couple of veterans).
  • 15 minutes before interview, there’s a call “Sorry I can’t make it!” (Mind you, 48-hour window to reschedule…but heck let’s reduce that to 15 minutes).
  • Asking for $40K more than posted salary range, “because I’m worth it and I have all of this” Maybe so…but we are not ASKING for …All of that!!! (Yes this really happened)
  • Sending resume with different desired position title, someone else name (not mine)…yes that’s why MASS email blast are a poor idea!
  • Having your parent apply for YOU!!  (OMG…for an adult child…Yes this happened)
  • Winner: Not Following Directions, ESPECIALLY the SIMPLE ONES, like email resume here & don’t cut and paste.

Francina R. Harrison, MSW “The Career Engineer”www.TCEnow.com is a nationally recognized Career, Business Networking expert, author, speaker/trainer, Internet Radio & TV Host.   For speaking request or consulting information, contact the motivator at info@TCEnow or call 757-745-4TCE.

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