Don't look for advice from a kayaker if you are a surfer

Every once in a while I have a client who, after sharing his new resume with friends, tells me that his friends don't like this and that aspect of the New Leaf resume. When I was a newbie this kind of feedback stung, but with experience and given that this happens perhaps once a year, I know how to ease my client's uncertainty.

Don't look for advice from a kayaker if you're a surfer is a great way to look at this situation.

One client showed his resume, a new document that clearly defined his strengths in delivering security to municipal properties, to colleagues. They immediately pounced upon it, denouncing its value with vehemence. Honestly, I think they were jealous! He went on to land the job he wanted.

Another client, a recent grad, pronounced the resume as not following the typical new grad formats. Given that my new grad clients are successful in landing actual career-launching jobs, perhaps this is a good thing! Sometimes status quo must be challenged. Having won two awards for Best New Graduate resumes, I think my approach has some merit!

I will go on results rather than impressions. My clients, from new grads to senior professionals and executives, successfullly land interviews and job offers. Confidence built with a resume that spells out, with clarity and influence, how their employment benefited their employers' bottom lines, or how their employment is likely to contribute to their employer's ongoing success, and supported with many exclusive client resources, my clients are prepared for their job hunt!

Those who know little, if anything, about recruitment, should not provide advice. I promise not to give security related advice!