January 14, 2009

Time for a Résumé Overhaul?

In our last post, we talked about a light at the end of the unemployment tunnel, and we gave you information on 13 companies that are hiring people right now. However, this list means nothing if you don't have a résumé that effectively translates your work experience into some "WIIFM" for the employer. "What is WIIFM," you ask? It is the critical question that every employer asks when scanning for potential candidates: "What's In It For Me?"

The WIIFM Check - Try this little litmus test to see if you have successfully conveyed how you can bring value to an employer on your résumé.
  1. Give your current résumé or C.V. to 3 of your most honest friends or relatives.
  2. Give them 10 seconds (Yes, I said seconds!) to review the résumé. Don't cheat! Give them only 10 seconds.
  3. After they have reviewed your résumé ask the following questions:
- What 3 things did you take away from my résumé?
- Was it easy to read?
- Would you hire me based on what you saw?

If the responses to the questions above are not what you had hoped, maybe it's time to overhaul your résumé. In upcoming posts, we'll discuss some ways to make your résumé stand out from the overwhelming stack on most H.R. managers' desks. Until next time, happy hunting!!

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