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I'm trying to put together a resume so I can start looking for work before I get down there, but it's hard.

I came across this site on resume writing, and had a read through. The cynic in me wants to dismiss it all as a load of crap, but another part of me understands it all.

If you got a couple hundred resumes across your desk for a single position, how on earth do you manage to find the ones that are worth looking at? Their advice is basically that the first part of your resume needs to be marketing to get your resume noticed (without it being thrown in the bin straight after being noticed) while the second part has all the factual information most people expect in a resume.

So, what do people think? I'm trying to write a resume according to their guidelines, but I'm finding it very hard. I find it goes against my nature to say things they way they recommend, as to me it feels like bald-faced lying.

Any advice?

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omegamorningsta
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
What sounds stupidly arrogant and like pure horn-blowing trash to you sounds great to a potential employer.

I have a kick-ass cover letter I've used to get a few good jobs, I can flick it to you if you want!

Also more than happy to look over your resume if you need a quasi-professional eye. Let me know.
draquin
Feb. 23rd, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Would you mind throwing your kick-ass cover letter my way too ??
halloranelder
Feb. 23rd, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Yes please.

Once I've done up my resume, I'm going to post the first draft so people can give me advice. I'm hopeless at marketing.
halloranelder
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Right,

I've uploaded a draft copy (and I know it's nowhere near finished) to http://www.randomevent.net/fnord/Draft.zip.

Can you have a look at it? I'm going a bit spare with it.
arienmir
Feb. 23rd, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Throw it out to me, having spent the morning reading 137 resume's for 3 positions I can cast a critical eye over it.

*hugs*
halloranelder
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Hmm... A quick question, if I may.

I have been working for the same company for almost 7 years now. Should I show previous work on my resume, since anything I have done before that is well and truly out of date?
arienmir
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Depends on the nature of the work. If it is still in the same field or could be applied to a postion you are going for then yes. Though I would not put as much detail into it as the more recent position.
halloranelder
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks.

I've uploaded a draft copy (and I know it's nowhere near finished) to http://www.randomevent.net/fnord/Draft.zip.

Can you have a look at it? I'm going a bit spare with it.
catdraco
Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Coloured paper.

It's simple. You don't have to write anything you're not happy with, but use something other than bog-standard white paper, and your resume will stand out for further perusal.

Of course, what you write matters: but a resume on coloured paper is always going to catch someone's eye, and they'll look at it. It doesn't have to be red paper, even pastel yellow or blue is enough to make it stand out.
illdrinn
Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
I get extremely positive results from my CV writing and format and have helped a lot ofpeople re-write theirs. Let me know if you want a look.
halloranelder
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
I would love to have a look. I suck at trying to sell myself, so any help is good help.

I've uploaded a draft copy (and I know it's nowhere near finished) to http://www.randomevent.net/fnord/Draft.zip.

Do you want to have a look at it?
verdigriis
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
I know how you feel! I always feel like I'm going to set off someone's bullshitometer when I'm writing a resume. Gah.

But then, it does seem to work. I've just sent of a flurry of resumes, and I've had a few interviews out of a week and half of serious job hunting. And I think my resume is a way wanky and full of marketing-ese.

I'd be wary about using too many tricks though - for example, the current thinking on coloured paper (at least acording to the four or five resume writing guides I read last week) is that it doesn't photo copy or scan well and should be avoided. I suspect it depends on the kind of job you're going for!

I've found that most recruitment agencies have some kind of resume writing advice on their websites, and better yet, they often have advice targeted to a specific industry. So find a recruitment agency that covers the kind of work you're looking for, and see what they say...

Happy job hunting!
fire_wuff
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
The cover letter and coloured paper are both VERy good ideas, it makes it memorable and easy to find. I also include a PDF version when I email an application as well as a paper copy to submit with the written app. This allows them to see it immedatily or print extra copies if the paper version goes walk abouts.

Also if you do get an interview I usually have 1 or 2 extra copies with me incase there are more than 1 people interviewing you and so you can see what you wrote without asking to see it.

Some people say a picture of yourself can help them rember who you are from the interview or connect the resume to the person. This is a tricky one as it then also allows them to prejudge on apperance, it's really a matter of personal judgment on that one for me.

madilayn
Feb. 24th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
Coloured paper is no use when you're sending in via e-mail - which most agencies want. Also, stick to a straight Word document.

Most agencies copy and paste the guts of your resume (work experience, etc) to send to a client, so a PDF makes more work for everybody.
fire_wuff
Feb. 24th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Agencies are different and a fair point if your applying through them. I was mostly reffering to direct applications for jobs
madilayn
Feb. 24th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
As a recruiter, I skip the first bit and go straight to the employment history. I look for bullet points, rather than sentences and paragraphs. I look for a plain font, with an easy to read layout. Fancy fonts are hard to read, as are fancy layouts.

Bullet points of what you did in your job should include things like how many accounts you actioned, how many calls you're expected to take, etc (depending on your job).

Basically, what recruiters (corporate or agencies) are look to see how you fit the job that they have to fill, and how you fit the list of requirements they have.

So, your resume should have:

Name
Addresss
Mobile & Landline
E-mail
Drivers Licence & Car availability

Employment History (most recent first - make sure you list dates)

Education / Courses

Computer Skills

Referees

You don't need to put career overviews, goals, etc. Your cover letter should address the ad, and give short paragraphs highlighting your experience and how it fits whith what the ad is asking for.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS spell and grammar check (think it's obvious? Tell that to the people who apply for jobs!).

And good luck! BTW: Trace Personnel, where I work, has an office in Melbourne. Our website is www.tracepersonnel.com.au

fire_wuff
Feb. 24th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
love the icon... my childhood floods back.
norincraft
Feb. 24th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
I understand you think you are going a bit spare, but I think you are actually far too wordy.

The bad news is that if I have a ton of resumes to look through I might give each one 10-30 seconds before I decide which pile it goes in. I know yours is just at the draft stage now, and its a good start. but I wouldn't finish page one.

Also the idea of putting the resume on some colored paper seems to say to me "my resume can't stand out on its own to grab your attention so here is a cheap gimmick that you obviously haven't seen before -he he he". Don't fall for it.

I would definity get this down to two pages and if you can make it extremely tight, one

Oh, the good news? You're pretty close. as you'll see on the attached file at you LJ email
halloranelder
Feb. 24th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
Ah right, I don't know you. :)

I checked my email before I checked my LJ, so I had no idea who you were when I got your email. Now I understand.

It's not that I now know who you are, it's just that I now know that I don't know who you are. :)
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