Thursday, December 10, 2015

This is an Ineffective Resume for the 21st Century



A 21st Century Resume must be human friendly, applicant tracking system friendly and mobile friendly.
This resume came to me yesterday. I’ve done my best to leave some of the text showing while sanitizing what I’m sharing.  My intention here is to show information security professionals why the business has trouble taking you seriously sometimes.
I approached the owner of this resume to determine if he had a teachable and coachable mindset.  He did not.  He only wanted to know if I could place him.  The answer is a resounding NO.
If what I’m sharing doesn’t apply to you, don’t take offense.  If you present yourself like this, please do something about it.
You have 10-15 seconds to communicate:
  • Who you are
  • Where you are
  • How someone can communicate with you
  • What you’re great at
  • How you’re educated
  • How you’re credentialed
  • What you do today
Ideally this is accomplished on the first ½ to 2/3 of page 1 of your resume.  This is the first 2/3 of a resume that came to me yesterday. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, get help.

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