Thursday, February 9, 2012

Spiffing Up Your Resume

Interesting post—with some interesting tools that can help you look at stuff differently.

Take some of the recommendations with a grain of salt. For instance, suggestion #1, “delete your objective”—that terse statement at the top of the page about what you want. I don’t know. On the one hand, the “objective” is too often “blah blah blah”—I seek a motivating position that will challenge my capabilities to be the best that I can be. (That means absolutely nothing.)

On the other hand—it might be interesting to play around with replacing your objective instead with item #3, a summary of your skills.

Suggestion #4, “identify keywords” led me to—which takes text you plug in and makes graphic clouds out of the words. (Easier for you to see than for me to describe.) The result makes some words pop out and others recede—forcing you to look at the language (especially at what parts seem to the program to be “most important.”) It’s a bit of a game—but if it can jog loose some of your thinking, it might be worth a try.

Suggestion #5—I hate the term “power words,” but the example is solid. Show the significance of work you’ve done, rather than simply the literal job title and some wimpy generic language about your official role on the job.

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