“Offcourse it is your resume,written by you,about you but not for you,its for Hiring Manager.”
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“Decision makers of the corporate world be decisive for the self & rule the roost.”
This is one of the most difficult questions asked in interview and very difficult to convince too, before this notorious question spoilsport your interview take an antidotal action to avoid it and most probably that would be rather most suggested one would be to look for job change. Does this sound provocative?
Why are you looking for job change another most oft question in interview and the most ready-made answer for the same is, for better prospects, sounds very diplomatic and believe me it rarely works because employer is also sick of listening same answer again and again.
Recently a senior Professional from a reputed Hotel chain desired to me for Resume writing, he was a consistent performer in the same group for the last 15+ years but he was not being promoted after a certain grade, naturally dissatisfaction was creeping in and some way out was imperative. The Peculiarity of his situation was that many people were being promoted in his division but just because of his less qualification he was not being considered, is it that his world ends there for him?
Research shows that many people are hesitant to look for job change because according to them they may be branded as job hoppers instead they solace themselves that they are in a learning stage and until the realization comes that they should have, they enter the stage of repentance.
Do not just work day by day, the another name of professional world is shrewd world, one fine day you may find your colleague, identical in age & experience to you, got a big jump as a new offer. Always keep your eyes n ears open thru career sites & vacancies related to your domain areas that what kind designation & compensation you command currently or are you lagging behind, if yes pull up your socks and look for career switch.
You are not an under-performer employee but undervalued, surely you are at a wrong place with no sign of career elevation, staying there is sheer wastage of your precious time span. As the saying goes if you won’t come out on your own you will be forced to come out by the circumstances. Therefore when you are confident of your dazzle, someone will honor you with due recognition but you’ll have to come out from the complacent cocoon at the earliest.
Nothing can stop you to grow understand this to the core of your heart, if you have been under-performer lately due to some unforeseen reasons especially poor equation with the new boss just look for some other better alternative and take it for granted that it’s not your cup of tea, Remember every worst happens for the best. Something somewhere more worthier opportunity is waiting for you, go and hunt it and the whole world will be yours.
Remember in this deathly combative & ambitious corporate world nobody will listen to your so- called story of missing the boat during the interview session. The world is craving not for experience but for expertise that too from fresh & innovative ideations.
Devdat kr. is a Professional Resume Writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org M: +919811664625.
We are very proud of our own Resume, in fact quite possessive about it, after all it’s our own career saga and we do not want to adulterate by somebody else’s so called valuable suggestion .But after sometime when the honeymoon with the Resume gets over we realize that strange no interview calls, there must be something wrong with the CV.
Beside many other mistakes in resume the most unacceptable & underrated fault we commit is designing self Centered CV. which becomes disastrous for further career elevation even for high potential candidates.
Locations where we show our self centered attitude in CV:
- Focusing on a Positive Personality
Many people look through adjective lists for resume writing in order to market themselves as great potential co-workers. You want to make sure that you showcase that you have a great positive personality as well as the skills required to excel at your job. Consider that each adjective you use is a chance to show a relationship that you have a great outlook on life, and that you are an optimistic team member, not just a pessimistic follower or a self-centered leader.
- A resume isn’t a memoir
You don’t know how to write a resume because you don’t know how to read one, there lies the thin difference.
According to one HR Manager; I’ve perused hundreds of resumes. You know what I looked for? Very little.
A resume is supposed to hit your highlights, not tell your life story.
So you’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to impress me with how well-rounded you are. But trying to do so too soon tells me a couple things you don’t want me to know…
- It’s about creating VALUE.
One of the biggest and “most popular” mistakes job seekers make in the Cover Letter is to recite that already expressed on the Resume/CV. This is not a productive technique for a job candidate. To a prospective employer, the Cover Letter should illustrate how one would create added VALUE to the company if given the position.
First, tailor the Cover Letter for a “specific” job position (Never use a “standard format” or template where you only switch names, dates and addresses). A good Cover Letter will make an applicant’s skills and the job description parallel to one another. This is the VALUE element.
The employer should realize an instant contribution from the applicant after reading the Cover Letter. There must be an immediate connection between the following: applicant, specific job position, employer.
The Cover Letter should not address an applicant’s desire for change in environment or need for added experience. Both will come across to an employer as being self-centered.
- The Objective Statement: (No Longer Necessary)
“The profile should support your career target; yet unlike an objective, it should identify with the employer’s needs rather than your wants.”
The Objective Statement is now looked upon as outdated. The Objective Statement of most job-seekers are very self-centered with no employer focus. The statement usually describes the candidate’s future goals and aspirations. They do not convey how the candidate will fill the needs of the employer, where such need are conveyed through the description in the job posting.
Employment candidates should instead use a Profile or Statement of Goals (both relative to the current position) in lieu of the Objective Statement. Either option should be job-focused, displaying how current skills and previous experiences will bring value to the employer. The Profile or Statement of Goals should not include a candidates future aspirations or need for “other opportunities.” This can come across as a sign of instability as well.
Remember, every part of the resume should somehow focus on the employer’s needs and not the individual goals of the candidate.
The personal statement is the “selfish” document, listing what YOU want to accomplish. The resume should be used for the needs of the employer.
- Sound Confident, but not too self-centered
Next hint deals with the tone of the written narration. You should sound Confident, but not too self-centered. Resume is your chance to show all the ‘prizes and trophies’ acquired in professional life. If you are shy to speak about your accomplishments, get some family members or friends to assist in listing your positive traces. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be so self-assured as to presume that an employer must make his own conclusions about your talents just from a simple mentioning of your high university degree. Remember that a diploma of a well-known university, being of course a nice bonus, doesn’t reveal any of your professional skills.
- Put yourself in perspective
“Seeking challenging sales position with an innovative employer where I can utilize my creativity and strong interpersonal skills.”
What are the chances that a statement like that will impress employers? Boring, self-centered objectives just help you blend into the crowd with thousands of other job-seekers.
Off course it is your CV, about you, written by you but not for you.
During MBA days we learnt that Change is constant and now economy is not constant. Paradox …….
In this volatile economy when waiting period for Interview call is so high, you just can’t rest on your laurels, rather “spruce up “your CV and moreover your own time is not waiting for you while you have to go quite far before dusk.
Before applying for any position just ponder for awhile on your CV and that might make a difference.
- We all know it takes less than a minute to read or rather scroll the CV for selection or rejection. But how do the Recruiters read Resumes, where do they spend most of the time for reading? Where can you give Initial thrust to generate interest?
- Just like First Impression in Interview First few lines of CV makes impression about you.
- The first sentence is of paramount importance and mind it Recruiter is not going to be impressed by you here, He is just taking care of vital information needed e.g. total years of experience, kind of exposure and in which kind of industries. While conveying these informations, neither exaggerate nor hesitate rather be discreet.
- Just like your job experience,accomplishments & awards give equal emphasis on personal Introduction as AN OVERVIEW.
- You are smart enough if you are summing up the above matter in just two lines or two sentences.
- Next step, just in one sentence give a solid punch about your personality in relation to your job e.g. Possess ability to innovate and perform under stringent situations and to come out with better alternative also Passionate to take along with people because teamship is the crux of success.
- Gone are the days of writing “Area of expertise”, it is absolutely disastrous in this 2 page CV era.
- While writing job roles stop writing general or ordinary sentences e.g. Conceptualized & implemented various sales promotional activities for market development and increase sale. Instead of this line be specific; explain for that particular product or technology what exact step you took.
- Job market is full of qualified & talented candidates and companies cannot make compromises Therefore do not just highlight recognition, rewards & significant achievements. CV selection has gone beyond it, always try to highlight your leadership quality (which is always in great demand in corporate world), Risk appetite, Organizing skill and Teamship.
- Mind it Company is not going to hire any robot they want a human being with vision, intellect & logic.
- Your main aim should be of QUICK-SHORTLISTING of CV that’s possible majorly by sharing your management caliber in 2 page CV only.
Follow the above guidelines and I am sure you will present a “NEW YOU” in your CV and which will be a sure success.
The author of this blogspot is Devdat Kr. a Professional Resume writer.He can be reached by email@example.com
“Dilemmas are good if you fix them first.”
A candidate called me and seekth assistance for his career by narrating his story.
In the past rather in the initial years he changed jobs in quick succession. Now when he is being stuck up for further career progression blaming for all the job hopping done.
Came to resume writer for help and after Resume revamping found that he can’t withstand to resume because of its contemporary standard.
Unable to understand whether suitable openings are not available or the CV is not up to the mark.
Should have multiple CVs, maybe someday, sometime, somewhere, somehow, something may turn-up, you never know when the things will click.
Sometime CV length is a problem; sometime amount of content is a problem or may be something can be written or presented in some better way to have better attraction
Everything seems ok of a Resume no flaws, then visual appeal becomes a problem, perhaps by habit we tend to locate the reason of failure before the failure.
Especially senior level people after 20-25 yrs of experience feels uncomfortable when they see words like Career Précis, Academia, Personal vignette, IT Forte or accolades, in their CV.A true case of change management as per them simple is beautiful.
They want the resume to be written by a Professional Resume Writer but don’t want that Resume should look like written by any professional.
Dilemma Dilemma everywhere, where to go!
We should rather try to understand the limitation of a CV, its purpose is only to take you till interview table and nothing else. Rest will be history if you perform well.
This piece of article is not a cruel joke at their self created dilemmas but it is part of process during self introspection as a job applicant. And honestly speaking everybody goes through it sooner or later lesser or bigger.
But applying for a job by carrying baggage of this much dilemma is not a healthy sign rather its warning signal of debacle.
Instead of take them further share your confusions with your confidants to get some practical insights.
The Ratio for getting job is one is to infinity.
That means to become face in the crowd you have to dive into chaos with can-do, will-do attitude because journey to success starts with chaos only.
Wish you all the luck
Professional Resume Writer
“You are the CEO of your career.”
A recent report states that with 35% of their workforce having tenure of less than 2 years