Has It Been More Than 5 Years Since You Looked For a Job?

Do you think about updating your resume and just haven’t found the time to look at it? Have you asked a friend who is a headhunter, recruiter or HR professional to look at your resume and give you some pointers? Does your resume properly position you for the role that you want? Are you getting little or no traction from the resumes you are submitting and zero hits on LinkedIn?

Well unfortunately, the likelihood of you finding the  position that you want without at least refreshing your resume and  learning how to search and interview strategically in today’s market are  severely limited.

The plans you have to gain support from friends and colleagues may not work unless they are in a position to hire you directly.

In the current market, your resume has to show impact. No one wants  to read the biography of a stranger. Yes it should tell a story, but it  should be a story that reflects successes that you can repeat with a new  employer.

Writing a resume is not easy and from a headhunter or hiring  manager’s perspective it is a means to an end. They want to find a  candidate or group of candidates that solves the problem that the hiring  manager or organization needs to resolve.

They want a candidate that they can place in front of a hiring  manager ASAP, which means they only have between 5 an 30 seconds to make  a decision about your marketing collateralthe resume.

For this reason when I review a resume I tell my clients, gone are  the days of laundry lists of accomplishments or lifting your duties  directly from your most recent job description.

Today’s resume must fit in the era of instant gratification and viral  marketing; your resume must sell you quickly and clearly. Although your  resume is all about you – it cannot be merely a listing of your competencies and accomplishments.

Your resume must include a layout and language that distinguish you  from other candidates. It should clearly communicate your unique value  and it should be strategic in its construction.

That means that you need to devote real time to either wordsmithing  and designing it yourself; or hiring a professional to help you  construct a strategic document that gets you noticed and helps you to  standout in 30 seconds or less.

If you’d like one-on-one support from someone who has been hiring and  managing employees for over 2 decades, contact me and we’ll schedule a  brief, free consultation to review your situation and goals and how I  can support you.

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