How to Give Your Resume a Makeover for 2019

If you think the Resume is to get you the job, then think again!

Here’s the thing you must keep in mind when writing your Resume, also known as your personal marketing pitch.

The real and only purpose of the Resume is simply to get you an interview. It’s the interview that leads you to the job (assuming you are interviewing because you want it).

Important difference between Resume and CV

You probably heard the saying: Same Same But Different. A phrase common in South East Asia and quite appropriate to use when trying to explain the concepts of Resume and CV.

CV is from Latin, the language of ancient Rome and its empire, widely used historically as a language of scholarship and administration. It’s short for Curriculum Vitae, which translated to English means Course of Life. In my version, I call it: Your Life Journey.

The CV is a Career Balance Sheet, a balance sheet as we know it from accounting and finance. It’s a long very detailed document that can run up to many pages, easily five to ten. A document that does not skip even decimals, a presentation that can stand the toughest of audits.

Your CV should never be shared with anyone. It stays on your personal computer forever but from which you pick the relevant text when creating the all-important personal resume.

Résumé is originally a French word, meaning summary or outline. In other words, the 2-page Resume that we use to introduce ourselves to executive search firms, recruitment companies or corporate talent acquisition professionals is simply a summary of your CV.

They say recruiters take 6 seconds to read it

Yes and no. Let me be more specific. It takes recruiters six seconds to decide if we want to read it – or if it has no interest whatsoever, then deleted or returned to the tracking system black hole where it disappears without trace.

The irony is that recruiters and HR professionals do not carefully read all the resumes that have come up in a search or have been received through emails. The first order of the day is to quickly get rid of all perceived non-qualified candidates. That’s the six seconds rule.

So what upsets recruiters to the point of disqualifying a resume without a proper review? Here’s a list of some of the things we look for:

  • Just your name but with no address and contact details in the header.
  • A photo that does not present you as the nice person I’m sure you are.
  • Too much text with too little white space around.
  • Work periods that attract too much attention and gives away job hoppers or more than 10 years in one job.
  • Use of buzz words like self-motivated, energetic, passionate – but no presentation of proper skills and technical knowledge.
  • Applying for a job without relevant job and industry experience.
  • New graduates, or candidates on their first ever job, now looking for a CEO job! Kidding me?
  • Showing current compensation which happens to over the position budget. Or too low that indicates the person is not managerial material.
  • Wrong education.
  • Too young, too old.
  • Never worked in Asia but wants a job in Thailand.

Say too much and you are out; say too little and you are not in

Writing the perfect Resume is a challenge. It’s a time consuming exercise whilst trying to balance how much you really want to say.

If you share too much information, you risk presenting an excuse to the recruiter to disqualify you in the first six seconds. If you say too little, the recruiter may not be convinced that you are good enough for the longlist.

Think twice before choosing a resume writer

Many so-called professional resume writers charge from hundreds to thousands of dollars to write for you.

Funny enough, they are good writers but have never worked as a headhunter or in the recruitment profession.

Consequently, the lay out is well written, nice words, good for applicant tracking systems and Boolean. But the document still appears more like a CV (career balance sheet, remember?) than the marketing pitch Resume that you need to get an interview.

The link below is to the full article, which originally appeared on Glassdoor.

How you order the section headers on your resume can look different depending on where you are in your career. “New grads are likely to put education first — that’s their main experience and they are going for an entry-level position. But for executives, their education is going to be less important to feature prominently. They’ve already proven themselves. They’re going to have a stronger summary about their careers,” explains Nick Francioso, founder of resume optimization tool SkillSyncer.

It’s important to adhere to standard headers such as education, experience, summary and skills. He explains: “These are what the ATS (applicant tracking system) looks for. No matter what kind of resume you’re creating.”

via How to Give Your Resume a Makeover for 2019

9 reasons why I declined the job offer

The candidate told me the story, why he decided to decline the attractive job offer from one of the big guns in the business. The story started when he one day got a call from a talent acquisition officer of the company.

Here you are, this is for you: Recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers. You will get lots of learning points in this unbelievable real-life story, why a candidate declined a job offer from a famous brand name in the industry.

Continue reading “9 reasons why I declined the job offer”

Stop new hires from walking away from already accepted offers

So true, there is nothing as frustrating as getting that call from a candidate who recently signed your offer letter and employment contract.

After working for months interviewing and selecting the perfect candidate, you get the dreaded call close to the agreed starting date (if you are that lucky) – but in some cases only to have the candidate not showing up on their first day of work.

It’s a fact of life nowadays, it is no longer uncommon for new employees to walk away from an offer that they have already signed and accepted. Or even worse, they are no-shows on their agreed starting date. Continue reading “Stop new hires from walking away from already accepted offers”

What my friends think I do – what do you think?

Happy New Year to all Best Practice Executive Recruitment followers and readers. 

2018 was a record year for Boyden Thailand, in search assignments and income. Some believe the best ever in our history. But hey, we have been in Thailand for 35 years, that’s a lot of history and numbers to remember. Continue reading “What my friends think I do – what do you think?”

Sometimes we recruiters forget that looking for a job is the hardest thing

As the days go by, no one returns your calls, when no one cares to reply to your emails; once again you curse the idiot of a boss who let you go from your most recent job. The guy who told you the company could do without you.  Aaarrgghhh.

As you climb the ladder in the organization, as you move up the pyramid towards the top, as you get bigger responsibilities and tougher challenges, as you also consequently enjoy a bigger pay cheque, so will the risk of being at the wrong place at the wrong time suddenly become very real. Continue reading “Sometimes we recruiters forget that looking for a job is the hardest thing”

3 things most HR Managers still don’t get

You will be surprised when you read this. Something so simple as knowing the Thai Labour law inside out. You would expect that from HR, right?

But here’s the sad news, the unexpected truth of the matter. During the last 15 years of interviewing HR managers, I have personally experienced that 80% of the candidates could not answer three basic labour law questions correctly. Continue reading “3 things most HR Managers still don’t get”

Dealing with an interviewer who won’t shut up – blah blah blah!

You are really in big trouble if you come across a job interviewer who just keeps talking.

What the interviewer really should be doing instead was asking questions, then listening to what you have to say about yourself and your work experience. You came for a job interview not to listen to a marketing presentation. Continue reading “Dealing with an interviewer who won’t shut up – blah blah blah!”

Get your staff pipeline ready for the war for talent

If you find it increasingly difficult to find new staff,  as you seek to grow your business or simply replace some who left you, sorry to say but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Why is this fact not keeping all business executives up at night? Most have their heads buried in the sand and are seemingly unaware or ignoring the challenges that lie ahead. Continue reading “Get your staff pipeline ready for the war for talent”

Looking To Change Career? Avoid These Job Switch Killers

Did you ever think to yourself… “Been in my industry what seems a life time, too many years in my current position, I’ve been there, I’ve done that?”

Or have you suddenly and unexpectedly found yourself between jobs? Perhaps fired, cut from the payroll but still a family to take care of? Or at best, you called it quits yourself?

Welcome to the Club either way. The question is, how do you avoid being a permanent member of this Club of Wannabes?  When I look back at 15 years of headhunting candidates for management positions in Thailand, I have learned the following: Continue reading “Looking To Change Career? Avoid These Job Switch Killers”

Naively, hiring companies think recruiters work harder when in competition on a job search

Totally not true that recruitment firms work harder if competing with another recruitment company.  Let me explain.

Most recruitment firms in Thailand compete on price and not on service or the quality of candidates. A “contingency” recruitment firm will only be able to invoice their client if their candidate is hired. Only then will the recruitment firm receive an income and the recruitment consultant a commission. Continue reading “Naively, hiring companies think recruiters work harder when in competition on a job search”

How you should dress for the job interview?

If you are old enough, you may recall the shampoo commercial, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

You must have heard the saying that a first impression can make or break a business opportunity or relationship. That includes anything from meeting customers, pitching your business to new clients, to dating for a romantic partner, and of course very much to job interviewing. Continue reading “How you should dress for the job interview?”

Do you have a non-compete clause in your employment agreement?

Are you one of the many employees in Thailand who willingly accepted a non-compete clause in your employment agreement? Or perhaps you were forced to accept a  non-compete as a condition for getting the new job?

In more and more countries around the world, the non-compete clause is illegal or it comes with a lot of restrictions. But unfortunately not yet in Thailand where employers can still demand that an employee cannot take work with a competitor for years. Continue reading “Do you have a non-compete clause in your employment agreement?”

Your CV is too long

Your CV is a personal Career Balance Sheet; like the Balance Sheet or Income Statement used in Accounting. The CV lists absolutely everything you have done since kindergarten, primary school, the first job to the current; it can include dates, periods, all training activities or articles, publications. You name it. It can stand the toughest of audits. Continue reading “Your CV is too long”

Talent Acquisition – Stop damaging your company’s reputation!

You have heard me talk about this before; the appalling service level to keep applicants and candidates updated on their interview process.

I met an executive the other day who was interviewed two months ago by a hiring company. So far, he has not received a follow up call or email, no thank you for considering a job with our company, nothing to say the job has been offered to another candidate (I’m just guessing because who knows?).

“Treat others how you want to be treated.” Continue reading “Talent Acquisition – Stop damaging your company’s reputation!”