I am a believer that sometimes the name of the person at the top of the resume can lead to a poor hiring decision. One of the scenarios I like to mention is one where two applicants are applying for a job as with a construction company. If you saw the names on the resumes were Frank Smith and Joe Carpenter, wouldn't most people automatically give John Carpenter the edge?
Similarly, underlying gender bias, racial bias and age bias can occur if certain names appear on a resume and people are basing their decisions based on where they perceive the person to be from, what their background is, etc.
If names are removed, all that remains is experience, education, and accomplishments.
Consider running your job search by having people remove their names from the resume. Find a way to contact these candidates back through an anonymous contact service similar to how Craigslist works, and you may end up making better hiring decision.
Billy Joel released Greatest Hits Volume 1+2 in 1985, about 12 years into his career. The album version contained many songs, but with abbreviated versions of a few of them. The CD version, which came out a bit later, had nearly complete versions of those songs as well as a couple additional songs. All of the versions came out with two new songs, You're Only Human and The Night Is Still Young.
When you go through your career, you should keep track of all of your "greatest hits" - stories you can share with others about achievements, milestones, etc. As well, you should also have a couple "new songs" - new adventures you are currently working on that can add flavor to your already successful track record.
Years after its release, Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volume 1+2 remains one of the top selling compilations of all time. Let it be a lesson to you - your greatest hits may be 20-30 years old, but they still add flavor and character to the brand called you.
Being a virtual intern can be an exercise in futility if one lacks imagination, initiative and intuition. Listen in to one of our latest podcasts on how to be an effective virtual intern, and how to create your "Resume From The Future"
Since January 2011, Braathe Enterprises has mentored over 80 students through the Braathe Enterprises Virtual Internship Program. Working remotely with students for 5-7 hours per week, we have managed to produce some great improvements to resumes, engaged in incredible skills building and personality building activities, and helped students to gain experience with companies while they are still in college.
This fall, we are going on tour with our Virtual Internship concept. Tuesday October 2nd, we will be speaking at the University of Southern California to my current interns and future candidates. Sunday October 7th, we will be doing a free webinar covering how the program works as well for prospective interns and prospective for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
Today I will share how I work by the hour, not in a 4-5 hour block of time.
I enjoy working in powerful spurts of 30 minutes to an hour several times a day with breaks in between. Typically, I get started with an hour of work between 6 and 8am (either 6-7 or 7-8), followed by or preceded by some stretching or a workout. I then have a nice relaxing breakfast, and then do another hour of work around 9/10am.
I also work for about an hour after lunch (1-2pm), an hour mid afternoon (3-4pm) and an hour after dinner (7-8pm). By taking at least an hour between my power work periods, I am able to recharge, refocus, and maximize my productivity by combining it to short, powerful periods of time.
I volunteered my time yesterday at the Times Union Job fair from 10-1 yesterday to critique resumes of those who were seeking jobs at the fair. One of the recurring themes I saw among the resumes I reviewed was the lack of a LinkedIn profile link at the top of the page.
If you have a LinkedIn account, you should put your LinkedIn URL on your resume to use it as an enhanced version of your resume to direct employers to greater details than your resume can provide.
LinkedIn has become such a valuable resource for employers, job seekers and consultants among many others. From finding the right talent to finding the right service provider, having LinkedIn as part of your strategy as a job seeker or business person is crucial.
For those seeking to switch jobs or finding jobs, using the Skills feature on LinkedIn can enable you to stand out from others in your field of interest.
Prior to hiring or prior to the start of the Virtual Internship Program at Braathe Enterprises and Saratoga College, I ask all of my interns to provide me with a resume "from the future". This resume contains an entry that includes what they want to accomplish during the internship as if it had already happened.
This resume from the future accomplishes many things; one is to get both the student and I on the same page on what they want to accomplish; another is to begin with the end in mind, and create broader goals that help shape the projects I design for them. By having the foresight to project larger goals for themselves and having me agree upon them, the internship becomes a fulfillment of a goal set months earlier and many of the goals are met prior to the end of the internship.
Next time you go on a job interview, consider building a "resume from the future" to show employers who may be considering hiring you.