How To Land More Interviews?

Dear readers,

As I’ve mentioned sometime ago, my resume has been professionally redesigned/rewritten by a company which gave it a complete face lift and brought it in line with the current market requirements. I was simply amazed by the results, and since many of you asked me for the company name, I became one of their affiliates to extend their reach to other information security professionals around the world. As I know many of you are looking for jobs and ways to leverage your “employability”, I couldn’t let pass the opportunity to share my findings about the service in general.

As for my situation (which might be similar to yours), I haven’t applied for a job in a couple of years, and my resume still reflected the old-fashioned style of “job description + list of activities”. Once I started sending out CVs due to my impending relocation to Australia, guess what: I wasn’t getting ANY reply from recruiters. My self-esteem went low because I wasn’t sure if the problem was laid on me or on my resume.  That’s when I decided to hire a company to do the painstaking job of  rewriting it from scratch. Thankfully, the resume was the culprit 🙂 and I got (and still get) a fair amount of calls from recruiters.

Some things worth mentioning:

  • The company offers a FREE resume critique (no, you don’t need to provide your credit card number for that. It’s really a free service). That’s what made my mind in hiring their services.
  • The resume critique wasn’t a cut/paste default answer, but rather a deep analysis of my resume in it’s current state
  • The price was WAY below some other companies I researched after deciding to get the job done.
  • They offer to rewrite your resume for FREE in case you don’t get interviews within 30 days.

But even if hiring someone to do the job is not part of your plan right now,  I came across the following article in their web page that’s definitely worth reading.

In case you decide to give them a try, please come back and leave your comment about the quality of their services.

Adriano.

Land more interviews!

Developing a resume, especially when it’s your own, can be a nail-biting experience. Most people do not have to use a resume except every few years so getting the resume ready is not like writing an email – something that is done every day. There are so many different aspects to a great resume – content, wording, style, format, design – but most importantly, strategy. The strategy part is where most people miss the boat and fall in the water.

Most job seekers do not consider the audience and instead compose the resume for themselves. Big mistake! A resume should be written for the reader – the hiring manager, the recruiter, the gatekeeper, the decision-maker, etc. As a job seeker, you are emotionally connected to information in your past so you have a skewed perspective on what should and should not be included in your resume. I am continually amazed at the information I see which people feel would have some impact on the interview decision – high school sports activities, hobbies, college club memberships, work experience from 35 years ago, and even physical appearance! The simple truth is these activities or traits hold an emotional place in the mind of the job seeker when in reality the information has no place on an executive resume.

When architecting a resume, it is critical to write the document for the reader. Readers come in various forms and differ throughout the stages of the job search. The first reader is often an admin assistant doing resume searches. The second reader may be a recruiter, an interviewer or management-level human resource professional. These individuals are the ones making the decision to contact you for an interview. The actual hiring decision will be made by someone else or a group of other people; however, if your resume bombs at this first level of reviewers, you will never meet the people who would hire you.

Here are some things to consider when writing for the reader:

  • Emotionally detach yourself.

This is very difficult to do for most people because you are too close to the material to be able to judge effectively what IS important and what is NOT important to the reader. If you find yourself just throwing information into the resume in hopes that something will catch the attention of the reader, you might be suffering from emotional attachment. The prescription is to hire an objective professional.

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    I was just looking for this info for some time. After six hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what is the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this kind of informative sites in top of the list. Usually the top web sites are full of garbage.

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