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May 7, 2008

Resumes

Filed under: Personal Branding — Robert John Ed @ 1:56 pm

Some disagree, but they are actually important. We need resumes, whether they are paper, online or something really cool I’ve never even heard of. (I thought we were in the trust tree, were we not?)…

I’ve been going through many resumes in the last two weeks. It’s given me a whole new respect for human resources and how difficult their jobs are. The resumes mostly look the same, picking out which people will offer true value to an organization is painstakingly difficult.

Of all the resumes I’ve seen, one really stands out because of a specialized folder she put together. It’s cool. Another stands out because she has a web presence. It’s mostly layouts of all the design work she has done, but it shows gumption. Everyone else kind of melds together; there are criteria such as education and skill sets, but they meld as well.

The funny thing is all of these resumes are from people who are supposed to be experts at breaking through the clutter. And none do.

So maybe it’s time you looked at your resume in a new light. Surround it with resumes of 10 other professionals in the same area of expertise as you and look at them together. See the problem? Fix it. Here’s a hint: actions speak louder than words.

Don’t worry too much about seeming “out there” or trying too hard. If HR is going to be critical of anything it should be with a lack of effort, not alacrity.

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1 Comment »

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more about resumes essentially blending together. I’m an architect, and I am almost completely offended when I see other architect’s resumes and realize how few are actually visually appealing. You would figure that being in a design-intensive profession you would see more originality.

    And of course at the other end of the average and mundane you get the resumes with so much eye candy included you don’t even know how to read it. I’m discovering that a good resume needs to be original, simple, and legible. I’m creating a resume design service that will hopefully increase the number of good resumes employers receive.

    Hopefully you found a resume that allowed you to hire the right person.

    Eric
    http://treering.wordpress.com/

    Comment by Eric — December 7, 2008 @ 6:40 pm


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