This is the Mantra given to /used by almost all in the hiring process be it any firm /any industry
What a CV/resume should & should not be ? It's not an official personnel document. It's not a job application. It's not a "career obituary"! And it's not a confessional. It's not just about past jobs! It's about YOU, and how you performed and what you accomplished in those past jobs--especially those accomplishments that are most relevant to the work you want to do next. A good resume predicts how you might perform in that desired future job.
What a resume should & should not be ? Change the focus of how you approach a Resume It’s not about all you have done; it’s about what is relevant and makes your case in the best way. You’re making a case, not documenting your history. This means at times, you may omit things that you thought were most important or difficult in your experience or important part of history, but do not deserve to be part of the “case”.
Why the One Pager ?or Even the 2 Pager ? They want to see how effective,precise and concise you are They don’t have all the time in the world
What is it about ? IMPACT What impact you will bring to the position?
Lay Out Education ( if you are a beginner or else push this to last) Key Achievements Professional Experience ( Chronological professional achievements) Misc Info Hobbies & Interests- only relevant or attention catching or Differentiating ( very adventurous / initiative,leadership skills and yes club memberships are important )
Look,Feel and Content The name, address and other details should consume just few lines. It should be part of a header and creatively set out to consume less space (eg, smaller fonts for all but name, multiple entries per line like a corporate letterhead, etc.). Provide just one email. (Rt or middle) Use “Education” instead of “Academic Qualification. A tabular format with Degree, Institution, and Years will stand out better. Drop words like “Pursuing/candidate”. The graduation date will make that evident. Use “Professional Experience” instead of “Career Highlights Have a results-oriented bullet if possible Example: Grew the business to $X in revenue, or Built a team of Y Avoid clichés like “Go to Market”, “ground up” etc. If something needs to be quoted, it’s best avoided.
How to ? Easier Said than done First line includes company, title last held, period - fit all this in one line. Follow up with no more than 2 sentences, one if possible, that describes company (if not well known) and position. This is the “responsible for…” piece. Then follow with 3-5 bullets of accomplishments. Start each with a verb and don't have bullets that offer just statements or “responsible for..” items, without an orientation towards accomplishments/results. (Company name must come before position in first line-for Blue chip companies)
How to ? Easier Said than done Don’t think of the sequential events you have been through. Write down everything you did that you are proud of, a long list point by point. Some of them may have been a week’s work, but they might convey more about who you are. Then think of what you want to communicate about yourself (leadership, performance under stress, cool headedness under emergencies, empathy, etc.) and select the right 5 points to make your case.
How to identify your transferable skills and marketable personal traits--and recognize accomplishments that you didn't previously notice or fully appreciate. 1.Start with a clean slate,List your achievements even if it is a days or weeks work 2. Group Work 3. If you had to teach a bright new employee the "tricks of the trade" (i.e., how to do a GREAT job in your line of work) what do YOU do special, that you could teach this eager, receptive new employee? 4. If you had to put together a TRAINING MANUAL for the kind of work you do best, how would you describe the MOST important thing it takes to do that job SUPERBLY? 5. When did you go above and beyond your job description, and MORE than earn your pay that day? 6. What do you KNOW so well--or DO so well--that you could teach it to others? What's the MAIN TIP you'd tell people about how to do that LIKE A PRO?
6. IF one of your co-workers were to BRAG about your skills, what would they say? 7. If one of your FRIENDS were to BRAG about you, what would THEY say? 8. If YOU felt totally comfortable bragging about yourself, what would you brag about? What are you most PROUD of? 9. What COURAGEOUS things have you done that you feel good about? 10. What DIFFICULTIES or barriers have you overcome to get where you are now? 11. What CREATIVE things have you done that you feel good about? 12. Describe something you DESIGNED, CREATED, built, made, or fixed up, that gave you a strong sense of satisfaction. Tell why you felt so good about it. 13. What PRAISE, awards, or acknowledgment did you get from your employers or customers? How to identify your transferable skills and marketable personal traits--and recognize accomplishments that you didn't previously notice or fully appreciate.
14. Name about TEN QUALITIES or characteristics of OTHER PEOPLE that you most respect or admire. 15. Think of a PROBLEM that came up that had other people stumped, but that YOU were able to resolve. What did you do? What does that say about your abilities? 16. If you suddenly had to leave the area for a while (say, to take care of an elderly or sick relative) what would your work buddies MISS about you while you're gone? How would their jobs be tougher, or less enjoyable, when you're not there to help? 17. Which of the qualities you named in Question #14 above are ALSO true about YOU? For each quality that's true of YOU, tell what you DO to express thatin everyday life. Source of questions : Some website but kudos to them ( not originally mine definitely )
Some Sample Statements Became the exclusive Broker/Dealer for 12,000+ employees and accumulated over $35million in assets under management Started with $55,000, minimal amount of capital, and immediately became a profitable and achieved an 800% return on the investment made by XYZ within its first six years in business. Upon start-up developed a very extensive and innovative three year business plan. Generated an immediate profit and within nine months had increased equity 300%. Expanded both the number of services offered and market share. Grew revenue 300% from $400K to $1.2M without increasing staff. Provided parent company 3000% return on their investment within FIRST X years. Designed and implemented an Internet based hospital salary survey that surveyed all hospital employees in 20% of the United States The 60,000+ employees and 1,000+ users rated it the best salary survey in the country. Established the annual budget, as well as, the ongoing Business Plan. Constantly recognized good performance from staff and was quick to give them appropriate recognition and rewards. Administered a Self Insured Workers Compensation trust and several individually self insured entities. This represented 170+ companies with over 22,500 employees. TRY & PROVIDE COMPARISONS TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS /COMPANY PERFORMANCE,PEERS ETC TO SHOW HOW YOU DID BETTER
Remember, the CV is not a description of you, it’s a case* you are making, so choose thoughtfully * Point you are making to prove that you are the best candidate for the position