More often than not, the job applicant uses the resume as a litmus test to gauge the effectiveness of his or her job search strategy. Consequently, the volume of response generated by the resume dominates the applicant’s frame of mind for the duration of the search. The applicant, in heated moments of frustration; will no doubt focus most of the trepidation on the perceived inability of the resume to generate the response they are seeking.
Is it too long?
Did I focus too much on my experience rather than my educational background?
What is the stronger of the two??
While these questions would surely arise even with a satisfactory response, the amount of attention focused, and stress generated could place even the most prepared of applicants out side of the ratio of balance needed to negotiate a successful job hunt.
The solution? Simply add a little VELCRO.
Yes, VELCRO. Well, no not that Velcro; but V.E.L.C.R.O.
Voice, Efficiency, Length, Clarity, Resonance, Organization
When implemented, the V.E.L.C.R.O. method seems simple in design, yet it is highly effective in performance. The VELCRO method is a conglomeration of ideas geared to generate attention and response from prospective employers, and casual reviewers alike.
The conceptual basis of the technique begins with the realization that the forwarded resume should act as a well developed caricature: representing you, your career, ambitions, and the competency of your workplace performance.
With that being said let’s look at each parameter contained in the system and relate it to your job search process.
This section deals with communication of your true voice, or figuratively speaking, the inner you. No, not the muscular/skeletal you; but the decision making you. The YOU behind your personal accomplishments and negotiation of obstacles. This is a representation of the workplace personality that will potentially be added to the employer’s roster, and the person behind the presentation. The indication delivered to the prospective employer must revolve around the positives you will add to the workplace both directly, and indirectly. Secondly, the term Voice represents the overall tone of the resume, or figuratively; the resumes’ own voice. No, we are not listening to determine whether the resume is angry, or hungry; but observing to authenticate the ease of use the resume presents the employer.
Without proper consideration of the voice as a determining factor, the prospective employer may add whatever voice or tone he/she pleases
Tidy, clean, to the point. Resume rule #2577: The wordier the work, the less wordy the interview. Read: no interview. The efficient nature of a resume represents your efficient nature. Bullet lists, condensed date/times, tables, if necessary. These are tools used to cut read time and send good YOU nutrition straight to the brain of the employer/reviewer.
Rules to go by:
Give them less to think about, more to agree with.
Give them the message up front.
Research, research, research.
Keywords and manageable points.
EVERYONE Loves a good list.
In short, stay short. If they study long, it’ll go wrong. Regardless of the sheer amount of experience and technical training that you have to display, condense the information as orderly and as loud as possible.
This concept runs hand in hand with efficiency. The opportunity to compete with other prospective employees is missed time and time again because of ineffective strategies on length of presentation. Such strategies may force the reviewer to question the ability of the prospect to present the pertinent information effectively. Questions of length may lead to questions of organization and inevitably questions of decision making.
Resume Rule # 2779: Say it honestly, say it short.
But I digress……
The befuddled muddle, befuddled Mr. Muddel; the result: No interview.
Add to your list of effective job hunt philosophies: clarity for clarity’s sake. The clear minded, open and honest presentation of your history, technical training, and communication ability is the base of your resumes’ bite. The writer must elicit a response that leads to a call. The design strategy should be to provide the reviewer of the resume an operational ease of use. Your design strategy should include the term USER FRIENDLY. Artificial communication barriers such as incomplete expression of ideas, or lack of focus in the construction of the resume, may make for a short stay on the desk
….well except for placemat duties that is.
This section highlights the all important bite, pop, kick, and punch of the document. This rich, effective communication of your fitness for the position should jump from the page and lead the reviewer straight to the phone. How do we accomplish this? First, we must incorporate the strategies discussed above. Second, the prospective employee must have a desire for the position that is palpable and real. Finally, follow these principles:
Burn bright with creativity
Open up the door to the workplace with a competent unique approach. Give the employer positive thoughts well after reading the resume.
Interact at the highest level you can each time you contact the employer. Make every contact a discernible win for the employer. These ideas correspond with the seriousness of your presentation, and should lead to a serious response form the prospective position.
This section is basically a summary of all discussed above. The VELCRO method; and all of its parts is truly an effort to organize your presentation to a high degree. The timeliness of your efforts, combined with the efficiency, and uniqueness of your agenda is steps 1-3 of proper resume design. Organization represents your overall job hunt effort. Your respect for the employer and the position is communicated in your ability to move without indecisiveness.
Good organization lowers your operation weight; giving you ease of movement and peace of mind. In keeping with earlier themes, the resonance, or even the voice of the resume can not be heard if the effort of the applicant is less than ready. Organization is the first component of an applicant’s nature readily visible to the resume reviewer. The standards you set at the outset will lend strength to the entirety of the presentation
Every resume differs in some way. The VELCRO method is designed to compliment the applicant by providing consistency and technique. The strategies discussed here are guidelines that provide a well managed effort to secure a sought after position.
Use them well and good luck in your job search