Recruiters Care How Long Your Resume Is – But Unfortunately They Don’t Agree

Resume crop Today over at Fistful of Talent, the latest episode of FOTv is up, and we’re talking resumes. Recently, FOT contributor Jason Seiden came out pretty strongly for a one page resume in a video post on his own blog (great stuff – I highly recommend you subscribe/become a regular reader). As you can see in the comments on his original post and in his follow-up post, not everyone agrees with him. So we’ve taken the opportunity at FOTv to let several members of the Fistful of Talent gang share their thoughts on Jason’s stance and my response includes the comment that Jason may be committing “resume malpractice”.  (Yep, Drama Queen right here.)

The FOTv video includes several different viewpoints on what the ideal resume should/shouldn’t include and the comments on the post include some great feedback from recruiters, HR professionals and job seekers as well.  Again, not everyone’s in agreement.

If you’re a job seeker who is trying to figure out what works/what doesn’t work in regards to your resume, then this type of debate may be very frustrating for you. However, my advice to anyone who asks me for resume feedback is to ask several recruiters their opinions (not just me) and then take that feedback, incorporate what resonates, and create a document to be proud of. You have to OWN your resume and if it’s working (that’s the key), don’t necessarily make changes every time someone suggests you do so. If you can rock a one-page resume, then go for it. If it’s two pages long, the consensus seems to be that most recruiters don’t mind that length if all of the content is relevant. Three pages or more – you’re pushing it…

I’d be interested in your comments/questions about what makes up the ideal resume. Take a moment to leave a comment here and I’ll answer your questions/provide some more of my thoughts in a future post.

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New Day Resolutions – Steps Toward Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

Success Today’s post is a guest post from Thom Monahan, Dream Manager & Owner of The Life Purpose Center of Montgomery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thom is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met, and a great example of someone who cares about helping his clients, relationships and friends to be successful in every aspect of their lives. For example – Thom is on a personal quest to locate a Hero that has Type O blood and is willing to donate a kidney to a friend. Although very willing to donate his own, he’s not a match, and as a result has made it a personal mission to assist Pat in finding one. You can learn more here. Maybe you’re the Hero Thom and Pat are searching for!

Well that time of year where habit wins out over logic, and the New Year’s resolutions make their cameo appearance has come and gone again. Before you reconsider that big plunge to stop smoking, lose weight, balance your checkbook or commit to a long term relationship, consider the flaw in the traditional process. The majority of resolutions rarely recognize the month of February for the same reason that our government cannot solve the economic crisis… it’s overwhelming. The stroke of the President’s pen will no more instantly save the financial industry than will the abandonment of carbs give me the physique of David Beckham. The overwhelming nature of most New Year’s resolutions is that our focus is on the end result and not on the individual steps of a journey of a thousand miles. Before you criticize my logic and correct me with the you can hit a target you can’t see law, hear me out. I’m a firm believer in having a target that you can see, however I am equally committed to the belief that once you have a long term target you cannot succeed in one fell swoop.

I propose that we do away with New Year’s Resolutions and replace them with New Day Resolutions. That’s right, let’s break our ambitions down to easily attainable steps that can be measured by a 24-hour period. In essence, what we really want to accomplish is to live the only day we are guaranteed with the goal of being the best version of ourselves for that day alone. When tomorrow comes – if tomorrow comes – we will only have to concern ourselves with that day. It’s much easier to achieve a one day goal than be focused on the overwhelming lifetime achievement. With this in mind, I propose to you that you are only guaranteed today and everything you do today to be the best version of yourself will get you one step closer to your ultimate goal. The pressure is off when you focus on what you can control.

There is the chance that you look back upon your one day only to realize that you didn’t make decisions that resulted in the best version of yourself. I can guarantee that you’ll experience those days when your best version doesn’t materialize! No big deal, you haven’t lost a day, you just aren’t one day closer to your ultimate goal. Should tomorrow arrive, you can set your sights on that day alone and give it another shot. New Day Resolutions are not captive to the traditional calendar and as such can be applied at any time. Why wait for January to roll around each year to live each day with purpose? Start today to move toward the best version of yourself! Make your New Day Resolution expire within a 24-hour period and celebrate an achievement every day. Go ahead. You deserve an opportunity every day to pat yourself on the back. If you’d like to share one of your New Day Resolutions with me in the comments section, I’ll be happy to pat you on the back!

Thom Monahan has over 27 years of experience in consulting with small businesses and young professionals, and as a certified Dream Manager/Owner of The Life Purpose Center of Montgomery in Cincinnati, Ohio he helps people to connect with their dreams and achieve the best version of themselves. To learn more about becoming the best version of yourself, check out The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly or www.floydconsulting.com.

Searching For a Job? Don’t Call a Recruiter – Think Like a Recruiter

Jobsearchnewspaper If you’re currently searching for a job, I can relate to you in many ways. I’ve been a job seeker, a hiring manager who’s interviewed candidates, and now I’m a Recruiter and active networker who interacts with people at all stages of career transition on a daily basis.

In my current role, I come in contact with many job seekers who believe (or hope) that the answer to their current situation is to contact a Recruiter and turn over their job search to them. They need a job – and the Recruiter needs to place someone in a job in order to make money.

Sounds like a win-win for both right?

Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works with most Recruiters, and my concern is that many end up frustrated with us because we aren’t finding them a job, or they don’t feel that we’re interested in helping them.

The straight scoop is that it’s highly unlikely a Recruiter will personally take on your job search, provide you with contacts that are hiring, make calls for you, or (shocker) even place you in your next job.

Typically, individuals placed by Recruiters are identified in one of two ways. They’re either found out of the blue (cold-called) by a Recruiter searching for someone that specifically matches their skills and experience, or they were top of mind for a Recruiter when an opportunity came along (specifically matching their skills and experience) because they had developed a relationship with the Recruiter through regular interaction and/or providing referrals in the past.

While that may be disappointing to hear for those new to the job hunt, it’s true.

The reality in today’s economy is that most Recruiters are very much in the same boat as job seekers right now. If jobs are harder to come by, so are “job orders”, and the majority of a Recruiter’s time and energy is devoted to developing new business.

So what’s a job seeker to do if Recruiters aren’t the answer?

My best advice to you – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Make like a Recruiter, become your own Headhunter, and create opportunities for yourself by doing the following:

1. You must get out and network.

You knew this would be number one right? The simple truth is that there’s no way to get around it. And it will take time. No one magically hands over new clients to Recruiters – they have to actively seek them out and find them.

In my case, in addition to working with current clients, I spend a good portion of every day in some sort of networking or relationship building activity (i.e. business development). I attend networking and professional association meetings, make regular phone calls, schedule meetings with key relationships to keep in touch, etc. etc.

As a job seeker, you MUST be actively networking to secure your next job. In fact – networking IS your current job!

2. Focus on helping others.

Take advantage of every opportunity to connect or help other people where it makes sense.

As a Recruiter, I’m always on the lookout for ways to provide referrals or to connect my clients and relationships to people or resources that can help them.

By adding value to our relationship and helping them with their needs, they typically also want to help me. (Note: 100% of my current clients were referrals from someone that I helped at some point and expected nothing in return.) Those in career transition who do this well tend to land sooner and develop armies of people interested in helping them.

Call it Career Karma, Givers Gain, or whatever fits, but it works and I see it in action all of the time.

3. Develop and communicate your “Brand” effectively. 

Just as there are an overwhelming number of people out there today searching for jobs, the competition among Recruiters is fierce to secure clients and opportunities. As a result, each of us must work to distinguish ourselves from the pack. I personally do this by ensuring that my key relationships know what I do (Executive Recruiting, Executive Coaching, Consulting, Speaking/Training) and the types of people that are most beneficial for me to connect with (decision-makers, business owners and C-level executives).

Unfortunately, many frustrated job seekers are branding themselves this way – “I’m open to any opportunity where I can utilize the many skills I have in any industry”. This type of statement does nothing to make them memorable and unfortunately gives the people that they interact with no idea (or initiative) to help them or refer them.

4. Research companies and opportunities to “position yourself to be lucky”.

Recruiters must have a hand on the pulse of what’s going on at all times in the industries and communities where their target clients are. Many an opportunity is uncovered by reading newspapers and industry or professional publications and keeping an ear to the ground.

Recruiters read between the lines of growth, restructuring, new hire, promotion and even layoff announcements and rumors to identify opportunities. We then tap into our networks to connect with the right individuals in these companies to explore how we can add value. Job seekers who do the same thing often identify un-posted or not-yet-created opportunities for themselves as well.

“Luck” typically happens to those who have placed themselves in a position to be successful.

For the record, I truly wish I could help each and every person that reaches out to me to find the perfect job. Also for the record, finding jobs for people is not what I (or other Recruiters) do. It’s actually the opposite – I find specific people for specific leadership and key individual contributor roles at my client companies (who are the ones who pay for my services).

The good news is that you – the job seeker – can employ the exact same tactics that I (and other Recruiters) use to develop new business towards developing your next great career opportunity.

Now, let’s go get ’em!