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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by McPaul, Mar 3, 2003.
Any suggestionns? Thx.
Monster.com has a great summary of how to write an effective resume at http://resume.monster.com/.
When I was laid off in November I sat down with the HR department and went over my resume with a fine tooth comb. They made some suggestions that proved very helpful. My response rate went through the roof and I accepted a job offer from Expedia three weeks later.
My suggestions (at least for technical resumes):
- Add a qualifications summary to the top of the resume. Don't just list bullets...write out a few sentences.
- Detail the benefits of your actions...not just the action in every bullet point if possible.
- Technical summary (buzzword compliance) is important for scanned resumes.
- Highlight what you are good at...you don't want to oversell yourself unless you are amazing in an interview!
- Don't get personal...they don't care about your hobbies.
- Unless you are a recent college graduate, going over one page is fine. Including relevant content is far more important then an arbitrary one page limit.
My resume is far from perfect but you can see what I’m talking about if you’re interested. I have just scanned this document for viruses…none found - http://www.novirtue.com/resume_nocontact.doc. If you don’t want to download the word doc the resume is available in HTML format at http://www.novirtue.com/resume.htm.
Wow Jeffrey, that is impressive, I'd hire you in a second! I've been looking up monster.ca for the last while. Perhaps I'll check monster.com as well to see if there's anything different. thx for the pointers!
I went through the job-search process recently; see my resume (click the Resume link). You want to emphasize your professional strengths. For me, that's my education, and it got top billing. Then professional experience followed.