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Write a Resume like James Bond
Dress for the occasion
All the skills for the job
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3 Secrets to a Sexy Resume
A Touch of Make-up.
Play Hard To Get.
Leave A Number.
The Multiple Ways Your Resume Could Die
Stage 1: The job application
Do you ever wonder what happens to your resume once you click that send button and it’s sent whooshing off into the great and almighty cyberspace?
For some of you, sure.
Stage 2: Waiting for a job response
Those of you that receive that long awaited phone call weeks later from a prospective employer know that you’ve moved on to the second step, but what about the thousands of job seekers who never hear back?
Well, here is what happened to that resume you just spent hours working on.
First, it will probably sit in an inbox with some overworked receptionist eventually to be passed onto HR. This secretary’s only concern is to briefly sift through the thousands of resumes on offer, separating resumes that have obvious errors with those that don’t. Errors can range from spelling to grammar to just the plain ugly.
For those of you with many of these errors your journey ends here.
Stage 3: The door of employment
For the other half of you who spent countless hours sprucing your resume up for the employment ball and continuously proofing your resume to the point where it shall dance with glee, you are in luck.
You’ve passed the gates of level one and will now be ushered on to level two.
Stage 4: Unloved resume
In this round it’s all about stuffing. It’s not just about saturating the resume with details but choosing the right spices to make the key holder to the gate salivate. If your resume is filled with obvious tasks like answering the phone, filing, or customer service your resume will more than likely meet Mr P. Shredder for lunch.
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Death number two.
Stage 5: Handle the boss
The handful of you, who quantified your experience and adamantly followed your due diligence to demonstrate your unique skill sets when building a resume, will see your resume laid before the supreme decider. Here, the final key holder will decide the fate of your resume.
At this point, it’s no longer about following a certain set of rules or guidelines. It’s also a smidgen of luck. Maybe you share the same Alma Mater-one point added. Maybe you share the same name as the bully that used to steal his cheese and cucumber sandwiches in school- trash can-nil point.
Stage 6: Everlasting resume mystery
It’s impossible to gauge what makes two identical resumes in skill and format stand out from one another besides the internal workings of the supreme decider. But truth be told, the goal of your resume is to avoid death at all cost and make it to the final round so at least you are a contender.
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3 Cars Just Like A Resume
When approaching the mandatory, and often dreaded task of writing or updating your resume, there are different avenues people can take to help them. One popular way is to copy another resume, changing only vital information like name, employer titles, addresses, etc.
Another popular technique is to apply no technique at all and just list as much random personal information about oneself as possible.
Both of these methods will create a haphazard resume that gives Hiring Managers about as clear of an impression of the applicant as a blind man trying to distinguish between an orange and a tangerine.
Instead, when writing your resume, your ultimate goal should be to stand out from the crowd, to highlight your greatest strengths and achievements, and to focus on fulfilling the qualifications the employer is seeking.
Build A Simple Resume
If you are having a difficult time trying to make yourself appealing in your resume, and you are a man, perhaps try thinking about yourself as if you were a car.
The concept is simple. In your resume you sell yourself. Imagine you’re not a human but an automobile, and you are trying to sell this automobile.
This will help you understand what to highlight and what to feature in an effort to appear as hirable or sellable as possible. Let’s glance at a few common types of resumes, and their motor vehicle equivalents.
This is the senior level candidate. You have years of experience, or in auto terms, slapped quite a few miles on your odometer.
You’ve proven your reliability and experience and this is something to highlight, dependability, in both machine form and human form.
This is done on your resume listing through your years of experience, promotions, achievements and managerial experience. You’re confident and dependable.
The Nissan GT-R
You are a newcomer. Perhaps you just graduated University. You’ve been in development for quite a while, and you are packed with knowledge.
In car form this translates to heavy investment in research and development. These are your strengths, your technical capabilities. In human form this means you have a background of highly applicable study.
You have knowledge that you can draw upon as your strength. You’re technologically savvy and ready for rapid speed and performance growth.
Like the Cadillac you are a candidate that exemplifies dependability. Not packed with technology like the fresh university graduates, you instead make a name for yourself with high payloads and practical, applicable utility.
You have metal working, welding, and heavy equipment operation skills. You do what you do and you do it well, this is the calling card of the pick-up truck.
In conclusion, each vehicle is unique in its strengths and areas of expertise or focus. The key is identifying your greatest strengths and featuring them in your application process.
By presenting strengths in a prominent fashion, you are pronouncing to HR managers all over the world that you’re ready to put the pedal to the metal.