JobHunt 2.0 began on Monday, and I am actively stoking the fire in my job search locomotive. Strategically placed logs in the boiler, (think of it in terms of the green, yellow, and red logs from Back To The Future Part III) should allow me to complete my journey.
The Internet has transformed job hunting. Those looking for jobs can effortlessly email resumes to hundreds of employers through listings on monster.ca, workopolis, or Yahoo! HotJobs. Jobseekers, like marketers, needs to find innovative ways to successfully reach their target audience – sparking interest and resulting in an interview. People are doing really interesting things out there – like this rocking youtube resume of this interactive flash resume.
The secret weapon in my view: the one page resume. With HR departments inundated with resumes, and little time to review them all thoroughly, a resume needs to be succinct and to the point. Gone are the days of the three-page autobiography. Say hello to the condensed and robust one-page personal history. Using my resume as an example for a one page resume, your One Degree diploma in Job Hunting begins with Resume 101.
1. What is your goal statement?
- This opening statement is the gateway to what is to follow. It is like the first sentence of a short story; it’s all about the first sentence. Make it strong, but not overpowering.
- Tailor the goal statement for specific positions or markets, but remember to keep it short, simple, and to the point.
2. Lead with your experience – it is your currency.
- Be selective in each job description: Include only what you think is necessary to delineate your employment.
- Use active, rather than passive words – they articulate marketable skills acquired in previous employment.
- Don’t be redundant – once is enough.
- Indicate how you directly affected and influenced productivity. Prospective employers look for positive results.
- Education is like the foundation of a building – highlight the strengths of your educational background.
- Include awards and achievements – Honours awards, Dean’s lists, and foreign exchange studies broaden the extent of your learning.
4. Personal Information
- Got a life? Highlight it! – Hobbies, appreciations, and talents give an understanding of you as a person. Give your future employer a glimpse of how well-rounded you are.
5. Edit, Edit, And Edit Again – Remember Where We Started: Less is More
- Writing a resume takes time and effort. The first draft is only a starting point.
- Expect to write a number of iterations before you arrive at a suitable rendering.
- When you think your resume is done send it to a friend, family member, or partner to look over. Fresh eyes are always helpful.
- Make sure you spell-check your resume (I did!) Stay tuned for the next installment. Any suggested edits to my resume; send them my way.