Ask Gary: Functional or Chronological Resume.

I am often asked what format should be used. In over 20 years of recruiting backed up by continuous contact with Executive Recruiters I almost always recommend and write chronological resumes with functionality. Unless you have the type of job that is the same from employer to employer you need to make sure that the […]

Executive Recruiter Meeting.

Met this morning with 2 Executive Recruiters. Highlights of our discussion: Make sure you know what experience and salary level the Recruiter is seeking.   Most experienced Recruiters only work certain jobs. Your Resume is not passing the “Blink of the Eye” test. The Company is paying the Recruiter only for the Ideal fit! Your […]

Your Resume. Where Are Your Stories?

While you may be humble and self-effacing you still need to properly present yourself! When I discuss the scope of  job responsibilities, situations faced, issues resolved and accomplishments I often ask:  “Why isn’t any of this on your resume”? Usually the response is: “I don’t want to brag”. It’s not bragging, it is telling! Someone will […]

Why are you not submitting me for this job?

I have been meeting with Recruiters to go over resume strategies ensuring alignment with recruiting needs. A common topic of discussion with Recruiters and Candidates is “THE SUBMISSION“. Here are common “kick-out” factors: Location. The client is in Chicago and you are not. Few  clients want to relocate anyone in this economy. Industry. The client is […]

Are You “Resume-Ready” and “Beyond the Resume”.

Just when you least expect it you get a call or a message through LinkedIn. Someone is interested in talking to you about an opportunity! They ask a little about your background to confirm what they see and then they: ASK FOR YOUR RESUME! Update to this Post: The OTHER scenario: you are suddenly find yourself […]

Are Your Skills Transferable? Show Them!

Every week I talk to job seekers in transition. They are looking to transition from  Military service to a Civilian job or from a Government contracting company to a Commercial company. Their resumes are full of Military and Government acronyms and situations that are not going to appeal to the Recruiter or Screener or System […]

Job Posts-What Are They Looking For????

Periodically I am compelled to re-post especially when a situation or question comes up 5 times in a week! As part of my resume writing process, I ask clients to send job examples so I can align their resume to desired opportunities. When we discuss the postings it is often difficult to determine who they […]

Do I need a resume?

Ask Gary: Talked to a client yesterday who asked if she still needs a resume. I just read another article this morning stating that resumes are no longer needed and you need to just tell a company how you can help them. So far, in all of my discussions and meetings with recruiters who are actually […]