Is Your Resume an Obituary?

Did you apply to a position, only to never hear back from the employer?

Resume writing is more confusing (and more time consuming) than ever.

The traditional resume is a chronological representation of your experience, education, and certifications. It tells your story in a concise way that omits the details. Like an obituary.

The one pager is more concise. Your career on one page. Like a Tombstone.

Beyond the Crypt - The Living Resume

If you are serious about landing a new job, then be serious enough about creating a living resume. It is not easy.

Your resume should be designed for one thing: Clearly communicate your qualifications for the specific job opening.

Your resume must also be clear about your past responsibilities that qualify you for the job, your accomplishments, and your strengths. Not for any job, but for this one specific job.

What value can you bring to this specific situation?

Your Objective: If you must add an objective to your resume, write it for that one specific job. HR doesn't care about your objectives. They care about filling the job.

Anything else may thwart your chances immediately.

Read your cover letter, if it isn't focused on that one job, forget it. The cover letter should be your marketing letter. In the letter convey the reason that you can add value to the company, and can hit the ground running. A cover letter isn't necessary, but if you are going to write one, be smart about it. I like to start with mentioning research that you have done on the company, a recent win. Flattery is good, and it will be noticed that you did your homework.

Human Resources cannot read your mind. They can't read between the lines. Take the extra time necessary to apply thoughtfully to every position you are considering.

This strategy will increase your response rate with recruiters, and help you thoughtfully apply. Your obituary will get you nowhere, and the tombstone is worse. Your next move is important, take the time to present yourself properly. Companies hire the people they interview.

Land the interview. It's a little extra work, but worth it.

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