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An interesting way to get a job

Jason Zimdars showed that he really wanted his job. He showed his willingness to join the new company by setting up a website designed for his job application. His website was detailed and focused and more importantly – it was tailored to the company and the role.

What I like about this website was the amount of time Jason spent tailoring his resume to the job. His layout is perfect splitting the cover page into “Let’s talk about me” and “Let’s talk about you”. He establishes the following:-

1. He has done his research on 37signals and is very candid about the company.

2. He gives examples of great design which help illustrate his passion for design. When you hire someone, you want to hire someone who is passionate about their work. Here he cites the “designed by apple in California” as the most brilliant thing to appear on a package. His interests are definitely a step up from the “travel, read and write” I have read on so many resumes. Again indirectly he shows his passion for his hobbies as well as a passion for excellence.

3. He doesn’t put down his current employer. In fact he has really good things to say about it. Refrain from complaining about your current employer. This makes you appear infinitely more mature.

He also goes on to list testimonials about his work as well as his design process. At the end of each page he has his contact details with the words “So what do you think?” at the top.

People like Jason think out of the box and will definitely stand out among the ocean of resumes. You may also want to look at the Inc article “Never Read Another Resume” by his employer, Jason Fried, co-founder of 37signals.

Key learnings

1. Stand out from the crowd. Think about how you can differentiate yourself in your job application or resume.

2. Tailor your resume to the company. Write your cover and resume in terms of what you can do for them.

Using this will help you get the job of your choice.

Job Interviewing – Ideal resume

What should you put in a resume? What do I see in a lot of resumes?

I just helped conduct training for a group of unemployed graduates sponsored by Permodalan Nasional Berhad. During the tea-breaks, some of the participants asked me to have a look at their resumes. Here is a list of things that I don’t want to see in your resume:-
1) Your photo. I am not hiring you based on your looks. I want to know if you can add value to my organization. Note: some people included a photo which was over 1MB. It jams up my email on my blackberry and doesn’t impress.
2) 2-3 pages of resume. Most of the key information should be summarized into one page. If you have less than 10 years of working experience the key achievements can be summarized into one page. I don’t need to know that you were a girl guide or cadet in Form 1. Keep it Short and Straight to the point!
3) Repetition. Why do we want to know that you are female 3 times. Some people put their full name with a binti. They also put in Gender : Female and Sex : Female. A resume is a short and sweet summary of your achievements and how you will add value to the organization. Don’t waste space by repetition!

What I would like to see more of:
1) Value proposition. Your resume should highlight key achievements and what it means to the employer. E.g. Member of St Johns Ambulance. vs My membership in St Johns Ambulance taught me teamwork and co-operation which I intend to continue at [name of organization].
2) So what? I would like to see more resumes where the applicant showed that they thought out what they wanted to put in the resume. Look at everything in the resume and ask yourself “so what?”. What does this mean to the interviewer? How will this help my value proposition?

All the best with your resume writing. You may also want to refer to this website for more tips.