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Eldredge
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Re: resume and LinkedIn
Eldredge   2/27/2014 8:48:47 PM
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@jbond - Thank you for providing some insight from the recruiting side of the relationship. I recently found myself in the job market, and I spent a lot of time working to tailor my resume for the positions that I was seeking.  I found that there was as wide a range in the quality of job postings as there probably are in submitted resumes, and I could tell which companies spent time in accurately describing the skills they needed, compared with those who did not. The quality of the description gave me a sense (I'm not sure if real or imagined) of how seriously they wanted to fill the opening.

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Re: resume and LinkedIn
jbond   2/25/2014 9:13:04 AM
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Hailey - I agree who you know does go along way but if the companies are using a recruiter they don't take in to account who you know anymore because they are trying to moving things along more quickly and the larger companies don't care who you know many times. The smaller companies definitely care who you know. It really depends. There is hope for anyone with good skills and the right qualifications.

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Re: 6 seconds ?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/24/2014 6:57:42 PM
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@Nemos, don't despair! Six seconds can be a lot if you use the time wisely.

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6 seconds ?
Nemos   2/24/2014 6:09:28 PM
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I will not write about my feelings while I was reading the article and in particular those lines referring to the time that a recruiter spent on a resume. My conclusion, don't bother!!! Start your own business.....

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Re: resume and LinkedIn
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/24/2014 11:33:43 AM
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@Jbond, today and perhaps always "who you know" has also been critically important. Digital communications (resume online submission) and the rest is very anonymous but if someone within the organization is championing you. I love technology, but in the end it often comes down to people.

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resume and LinkedIn
jbond   2/24/2014 9:17:38 AM
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I agree with some of the comments but you have to cater your resume to each individual position. If you don't, we won't look at your resume. It does need to pass the electronic scanner, which also requires that you cater your resume to each position. Other skills and certifications are helpful because employers don't always put all of the qualifications or skills they would like in the job description. Your other skills and certifications also show that you are working toward improving yourself. LinkedIn is also very important; we look for a LinkedIn profile on each of our candidates. Unfortunately many times we won't call someone who doesn't have a LinkedIn profile and isn't networking with other people. Networking is also very important. I am speaking from the point of an executive recruiter that works with many companies and there are so many things that if they are not included will exclude you right away. You also don't want to put too much in your resume because then you have nothing additional to talk about in your interview process.

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Re: Sometimes you must concentrate on part of your story
Eldredge   2/23/2014 5:33:31 PM
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@Ariella - Anything that supports your qualifications must help. It's really diificult sometimes to know what content will get you in for the interview.

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Re: Sometimes you must concentrate on part of your story
Ariella   2/12/2014 8:29:37 PM
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@Susan quite true, resumes really are not one-size-fits-all, though that doesn't mean that you have to leave out everything that does not relate directly to the position you seek.

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Re: Sometimes you must concentrate on part of your story
Eldredge   2/11/2014 8:54:27 PM
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@Susan,

    Of course, all of the things you mention may be beneficial in a resume if the person reviewing the resume is of like mind. But your resume must get past the electronic screening process to a real person in the first place. I certainly agree that it helps to be able to show both depth and breadth.

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Re: Sometimes you must concentrate on part of your story
Susan Fourtané   2/11/2014 5:58:55 AM
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Eldredge, 

In some occasions it works better to tailor your resume to the position you are applying. However, briefly including some of your other skills and experience, even if they are not relevant to the position, may help the interviewer have a wider idea of the kind of person you are.

For instance, if I see someone has attended plenty of courses, even if they are not relevant to the position, I may think that the person is active learning new stuff, keeping up with new developement.

I may see they have interest in improving themselves, which always means they are better asserts than those who are more passive and limit themselves to what they need to know for a particular position. You see? 

-Susan

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