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Resumes:

The harsh reality is that most HR people and recruiters (and hiring managers) are busy these days. They probably spend between 2 and 5 minutes reviewing a resume the first time (read that, 2 minutes). If they like the resume at that point it will get further attention. So what is important (not necessarily in order):

-  Key words. Not a key words section, but make sure that the important key words of your career are there in your resume (read a few advertisements and you will find them).

-  Dates. If you don't put them in, you are not fooling anyone.

-  Job Titles. Titles are very important for screening. If the title at your company is different than other companies in the same industry, you may want to include the alternate title somewhere on your resume.

-  Companies.  (This may seem obvious, but... )

- Give a one line description of what the company you worked for does.  For example:  Rollform Manufacturer of Office Furniture and Automobile Bumpers.   Nothing is more annoying to a hiring manager than having to look up what the company does to see if you have the experience in office furniture manufacturing that they are specifically looking for.

-  Education. Include degrees and whether they are complete.

-  A very brief summary of the highlights of your career.

-  Keep the resume to 1 or 2 pages that are most relevant to the position you are trying to get. Do this without leaving out any history.

Trust me. These are the things that 95% of all people looking at your resume are looking for.

Gaps in resumes. Again, my opinion; don't worry most people have them these days. Try and put a reason to the dates. I.E. My last company locked the doors one day and left town...

Job Boards:

Should you post your resume on the "big board's"?

Answer:  Depends on what you are looking for.

If your search is not being directed towards anything in particular, go for it. Your resume will whisk its way into Cyber Space and be picked up by anyone with a computer and the money to pay for the board...

If you are looking for a specific type of job or a particular industry, then I highly recommend that you keep your resume OFF of the "big boards". I have been told countless times by candidates that they wish they had found Technical Professionals, Inc. before they put their resume on the boards. Why? Because if an employer finds your resume on a "big board" then a recruiter can no longer represent you as they were not the first to find the company your resume. "So what", you say. "The company has my resume". However, chances are if they pulled it off of a "big board" months ago (before the job was opened up) they will never ever go back and find it, despite the fact that they have a "database of resumes" to search through.  So, the bottom line is that the recruiter can not represent you because the employer may have your resume from the "big board" and the company will likely never retrieve your resume that is lost in their "database of resumes".... Lose/Lose situation...

Networking:

In my opinion, the number one way of finding a good job in today's market!

Why?

  • - People like to help other people (I've seen it more and more with the bad economy)
  • - It's the best way to reach as many people as possible
  • - You can direct your efforts to those people that can help you the most (targeted search)
  • - Networking is fun!

What do I recommend to start networking?

Hands down number one choice for me is Linkedin ( http://www.linkedin.com/ ) I currently have over 17,000 connections, so that inviting only me into your network would give you indirect access to 2.1 Million people within my network (called my 2nd degree contacts). If you do decide to sign up you can check out my profile at:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/technicalprofessionalsinc
And feel free to invite me into your network...

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