What Every Hiring Manager Does When They See Your Name

Article written by Darren Poke from Advantage Resumes

When it comes to applying for jobs, you have to assume the following.

It's a generalisation and may not always be true, but in most cases it will be.

Every time you apply for a role and your resume sits in front of a hiring manager, if your application is being seriously considered, she will turn to her computer and google your name.

What will she find?

Will it be a blog that catalogues your expertise in your chosen field of endeavour?

Will it be the list of industry related journals that you've been published in?

Will it be your LinkedIn profile? Will it match your resume? Does it have great references attached from credible sources?

Will it be an album of embarrassing, drunken photos?

Let me assure you that whatever they find will influence the outcome of your application.

It can be a positive or negative influence.

The positive part takes time and effort to build.

The negative takes a moment.

What will she find?

You get to choose.

By the way, if your name is John Smith and you think that this doesn't apply to you, think again.

Any smart recruiter will use your name and work history to find out more about you, and through LinkedIn and other sources, you have the chance to make a positive impression.





Article written by Tola Albert- Nwaba; excerpts from 101 Reasons to Succeed at Interviews, 2015


CV is an abbreviation of curriculum vitae, which is Latin for 'course of life'. A CV or resume is essentially a document that charts the course of your life; more specifically, your work life – for the purpose of gaining employment.
Many people agonize over writing a resume. It is challenging to write an effective, creative resume that gets results.
Writing an effective resume takes time, practice, and patience. It is a document that says so much about you, professionally, so it is very important that you get it right the first time. Most prospective employers decide
within 10 seconds, and a few lines whether or not they want to interview you.

The following essential tips will help you to create an award winning resume that will do the talking for you, even before an employer meets you.

GET TO THE POINT: It is a smart idea to quickly capture an employer's attention with easily digestible information. Consider starting your resume with a specific, highly condensed summary of your professional background, skills and attributes. A summary also gives your resume focus.

DON'T SKIP THE SMALL STUFF: Make sure your resume includes your name, mailing address, phone
number and email address. If possible, include your name and phone number and/or email
address on every page. An employer can still contact you just in case your cover letter gets
separated from your resume.

RESUME SHOULD BE IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER: This simply means your recent activities
should come first with every heading.

PERSONAL DETAILS: Keep your personal and professional life separate in order to be taken seriously.

USE POSITIVE ACTION WORDS: Avoid the use of personal pronouns such as “I” and “me”, and steer clear of
abbreviations, and acronyms. Use language that sizzles. Use words like developed, initiated,
implemented, organised, co-ordinated, and others that suggest positive action.

EDIT AND PROOFREAD CAREFULLY: Engage a professional resume writer to work with you to present an airtight marketing tool. You need to project yourself as a careful, conscientious, and serious minded potential employee.



    Tola Albert-Nwaba is a seasoned HR Practitioner with a passion for Talent Management, People Management and HR Information Systems.


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