25 things to never put on your résumé

The résumé is a two-page marketing pitch document. The purpose: To get you an interview. And no, the résumé is not to get you a job; it’s the job interview that is meant to provide you with a job opportunity and offer.

The CV is a long-many-page document that I call the Career Balance Sheet. It’s a document you keep for yourself, and from which you copy the relevant information and paste on to a two-page résumé. That way, the résumé becomes a summary of your CV. Continue reading “25 things to never put on your résumé”

A busy September with three speaking events

Thank you AMCHAM, EGN and PMI for inviting me to address your members at three events this September. Subjects: Board of Governors’ nominations; Personal Branding; and Headhunter Secrets.


Top 6 articles I’ve published in 10 years of blogging

Can you remember what you were doing in July 2009 – 10 years ago? For sure, we were not yet talking about AI, IoT, SEO, Uber, Instagram, iPad and it was still very early days for Airbnb, Spotify, GPS on mobile, and even LinkedIn.

But it was in July 2009 that I created my web site and published my first ever story. Read it here. Continue reading “Top 6 articles I’ve published in 10 years of blogging”

Find the right key words for your Resume and LinkedIn profile

If you are still using clichés or buzzwords like energetic, focused, passionate, motivated, and team player in your Resume and LinkedIn profile, you will forever remain in the big black hole of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Never to be seen again. And yes, together with the other hundreds of thousands who didn’t listen, who think they know better, or just didn’t bother study best practice in how to present themselves on the job market.

Ever wondered why you never get invited to a job interview?

Continue reading “Find the right key words for your Resume and LinkedIn profile”

7 tips for your resume that Headhunters just love

Why do you think that having a great resume is the single most important part of your job search?

The right answer: because if your resume does not excite and impress anyone, you will not be invited for an interview.

And obviously, if you can’t even get an interview you will never get the dream job. Simple as that and it can be said with these few words:

Resume purpose: To get you an interview ?

Continue reading “7 tips for your resume that Headhunters just love”

How to Give Your Resume a Makeover for 2020

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 Continue reading “How to Give Your Resume a Makeover for 2020”

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”

The real truth about working with headhunters

So let’s start by addressing the biggest myth in recruitment; that of recruiters finding jobs for people. I’m sorry to tell you, and to be blunt about this, but it’s not only a myth – it’s totally nonsense. Recruiters and headhunters do not find jobs for people; they find people for jobs!

  • Finding people for jobs
  • Finding jobs for people

2951_thought_redWhen you think about it, these two models are very different concepts. They are so far from each other that I wouldn’t even use the popular Thai expression, “same same but different”. In this particular case, they’re very different concepts and not the same at all.

If you have ever been approached by a recruiter or headhunter about a new job opportunity, you know that recruiters are not paid by the candidates but by their client companies. Clients pay recruiters to identify and present suitable candidates for very specific positions, with very specific and hard-to-find requirements. Yes, we help clients find candidates they cannot. Continue reading “The real truth about working with headhunters”

I only looked at your resume for six seconds

Believe it or not, recruiters – which includes HR and hiring managers – spend almost all of their resume review time on the following resume points: your name, your current title and company, your current position start and end dates, your previous title and company, your previous position start and end dates, and your education.

According to groundbreaking research by TheLadders, a scientific technique called “eye tracking” was used to track where and how long a person focuses when digesting information of a resume. They brought in thirty professional recruiters over a 10-week period to record them as they viewed different types of resumes, online profiles, and other forms of candidate information.1184_ladder_biscuit

The scary fact is that the eye tracking technology shows that recruiters only spent about six seconds on their initial “fit or not fit” decision. Aaarrrggghhh – I hear you scream! Continue reading “I only looked at your resume for six seconds”