SAGE ADVICE FOR RESUMES, INTERVIEWING, AND MORE!
- By bruce w clagg
Is a Gap in Work History a Career Killer?
A gap in work history used to be a ‘red flag’ to hiring managers, but is it still as bad for a candidate to have months, or even years, without a job?
Do I Need to ‘Tailor’ My Resume for Different Opportunities?
Good question! (Of course, I just asked it – LOL!) Having written thousands of resumes for clients at all levels and virtually all industries, there are some definite ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts!’
“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!
Hello! I'm Bruce Clagg,
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