Category Archives: CV/Resume

Talent Spring – A new take on web 2.0 of resume engines

From WWD:

Ranking resumes
— TalentSpring launched this week with a resume marketplace using
ranking instead of search to help employers find potential new hires.

In order to have your resume included in their database, you must
rank 12 other resumes using pairwise comparisons (i.e., do you like
Jane or Joe better? Jane or Elizabeth? Joe or Elizabeth? and so forth).
Then the system uses various algorithms to control for potential
ranking misbehavior, like downgrading people who might compete with you
for the same job.

Even though it sounds revolutionary, I don’t see it catching on much. Maybe for Web Workers the transparency is cool…but not for traditional job seekers. I mean, if someone is looking for a job, would he or she be OK if unknown peers can read it?

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That Resume stuff again

This is one of the best posts that I have seen in a long time. Jason Goldberg (CEO of Jobster) has some really useful advice on making that great resume for your next job.

By the way here’s my earlier post on What NOT to do in a resume.

How a recruiter looks at your resume

Well not just ANY recruiter, but a darn good one….so listen, you folks !

To anticipate some of the concerns that recruiters could have about your background, address them in the resume and have a sound byte about them if you are asked.

What NOT to do in a resume

My last week was primarily involved in screening about 150 resumes that we recieved as part of an employee referral drive.

Some thoughts:

  1. When you give your contact email in a resume, please don’t provide email ids like casinogirl@example.com or kooldude_kartik@example.com. An email is also a way to get your personality across, and ids like these do not potray a very professional image. If necessary make a mail id specifically for organizations to get in touch with you, but do not call it jobsforsreeni@example.com ;-)) ! A name with a number (in case you don’t get a mail id with your exact name) would do very well.
  2. It is not necessary to have a “hobbies” section in a resume. For fresh graduates however, it can be an important way to get your skills and abilities across. However, and I can’t stress this enough, “hanging out” and “watching movies” do not classify as hobbies, not even if you are applying for the job of a movie critic. A hobby should be given on a resume if it adds to your overall employability (and that holds true for all the words you put into your resume!)
  3. If you change your mobile number, please update the resume with the details. Provide at least one contact number where any message can be left to be passed on to you.

I learnt a lot in the process too.

  • Sometimes resumes that read great are not so great on the phone.
  • Sometimes information on the resume is not enough to prepare you to getting a good candidate.
  • It’s tough to say no to an overqualified candidate even if he/she is willing to take a cut and work just because she/he has been unemployed for a while.

Endorsements on your resume?

Today I got a mail from an ex-colleague asking me if he could use the endorsement I had written for him on Linkedin, on his resume.

And sure enough, in his attached resume there was a section titled “Endorsements for me on Linkedin.com” and there was my quote.

So has Linkedin fundamentally altered our concept of a resume? Or is my friend an experimentative innovator? If you were a hiring manager, how would you react to a resume with endorsements? Let me know.

And oh yes, if you are looking for a senior KM professional based in the UK/Europe my friend would be a great fit !