SAGE ADVICE FOR RESUMES, INTERVIEWING, AND MORE!
- By bruce w clagg
“References Available Upon Request” – Really?
The phrase above has been appearing on many resumes for decades, but not quite as often today. Okay, you have some references and will provide them, but only if requested. I get that! Without that phrase, you WON’T provide references? LOL!
For years, and after authoring countless thousands of resumes, I have never included that phrase once! Why? Are you NOT going to provide references if requested? Of course you will if you still want to be considered for that new position! …a rather stupid statement, don’t you agree? It's probably traditional more than anything else, but fading fast.
Do I Need More Than One Resume?
The quick answer is ‘NO!’ Most resumes are terrible – they are basically chronological obituaries. This is NOT your fault; how many of these have you written in a lifetime? Are you aware than when you submit your resume to a job posting, so did about 15,000 others? DO NOT include an ‘Objective,’ or References, or “References Provided Upon Request!” You’ll submit references when, and if requested – that goes without saying.
Your Résumé. Is It Working For You?
‘Résumé” – French for ‘summary’…SUMMARY! “CV” – Curriculum Vitae – Latin for ‘history of (my) life.’ Although in Canada, Europe, and a few other countries, they historically call their resume (we don’t use the accents aigu above the ‘e’) a ‘CV,’ it is not such by definition for most people.
I write a few CVs each year, but these are typically for M.D.s and Ph.D. s that are international speakers, published people where the readers want to see all of those things. That is NOT what the typical, American reader wants to see from you – a history of your professional life? A summary, or resume is appropriate! Some people might believe that ‘CV’ is the new term for ‘resume.’ It is not!
Why No Replies When Submitting My Resume?
After more than 12 years of professional resume writing and career coaching, this may still be the #1 question I am asked by new clients!
What Is A Résumé - Really?
To start off, it is a French word meaning ‘summary.’ SUMMARY…not the Magna Carta! LOL!
In the U.S. we do not use the two accents aigu above the ‘e.’ Okay, so much for THAT definition. Now, the reality in the workplace. A great resume is a hiring proposal intended to market you in such a way that the company sees you as too valuable not to hire; too valuable to be with a competitor; too valuable to lose once hired! Does your current resume quickly convey THAT message?
Everyone would like to get “more than they paid for.” Your portable skills, achievements, and successes can go a long way in proving that and providing the hiring decision-maker (DM) an R-O-I (return-on-investment). The better the R-O-I appears; the more value is created to gain that interview and the subsequent Job Offer. DMs WANT AN R-O-I ON VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING! - BUT SO SHOULD YOU!
Hello! I'm Bruce Clagg,
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