I love answering questions, or adding to LinkedIn discussions related to career management or job search issues. The other day I wrote this in response to a resume writing discussion:
The problem with the scads of conflicting, erroneous, free info available on the internet about resumes, is that the info is offered as a general, one size fits all solution. But that approach reminds me of trying to fit a round peg into a square space. Not always successful.
What people seldom consider is strategy. And I would suggest strategy within a framework of truthful and authentic-to-the job hunter info reigns supreme!
Strategy will guide what information does go into a resume, perhaps condensing it to a one-pager, but not necessarily; which aspects of a person's experience and skills get brought to the forefront and which aspects are ignored; how far back in work history one needs to go; which jobs are quickly mentioned and which are expanded upon; how to best and truthfully deflect attention from one aspect and refocus attention on the intended and relevant information ... the list goes on and on.
It's a fool's game to attempt to incorporate all the many, varied, conflicting and yes, even erroneous advice received or researched. Far more effective to own your style, share your value, compose with strategy and then let the chips fall where they may! It is actually the faster way to meaningful employment.
Luana G., a Career Vocational Coach and Counsellor wrote this about my entry:
@STEPHANIE C - [It's a fool's game to attempt to incorporate all the many, varied, conflicting and yes, even erroneous advice received or researched. Far more effective to own your style, share your value, compose with strategy] - LOVE IT! It truly is about understanding the framework and strategies that work; then honestly presenting yourself!
Thanks Luana G.!