Monday, May 10, 2010

Captain's Resume Revisited - A Different Approach

A few weeks ago I started writing my own resume. At first I thought it was going to be easy. I was wrong. Writing a good resume is obnoxious, and here's why:
  • Every hiring manager or recruiter has a unique view of what information should be on a resume, which makes a universally "perfect" resume impossible.
  • Every job has it's only unique set of intangible requirements that could never be advertised, which makes a custom "perfect" resume impossible.
  • It's difficult to know what employers are really looking if you haven't done your homework, so figuring out what is "good enough" requires you to track down the decision makers at employers willing to conduct informational interviews.

I have only begun to scratch the surface of what makes a good recruiting resume; I'm going to talk to more people this week and see what they look for.

When working on your own resume, if you REALLY want to know what should go on it, it's really important to realize that you need to talk with decision makers (aka hiring managers). Anyone can help you find typos, make formatting suggestions, etc., but only the decision maker can tell you what they are ultimately looking for.


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  2. I think it's important to keep in mind the point of a resume: to communicate the experience YOU have for the job. I think with that in mind, a good resume is one that achieves this in an efficient manner. All the content for the resume is available, it's just a matter of putting it on paper in an attractive fashion! If one writes a resume that they think communicates their experience in terms of the job being applied for, then that resume should be as unique as that individual and therefore the best resume they can create.