Top of the Stack Resumes: 5 Ways to Break Through a Noisy Job Market

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Published on July 8, 2009

Author: JCSI



Job boards and social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter have collapsed candidate search time giving managers quick access to the industry’s best, brightest. A high unemployment rate, off-shoring, company down-sizing and cost-cutting is making competition fierce for the available jobs. With a candidate surplus and technological and cultural advances, hiring managers are now riddled with hundreds or thousands of resumes for even one position.

Crisp, compelling, “at-the-ready” resumes are essential for every professional in this competitive job market. Will your target hiring manager find you among thousands in the stack?

Take a look at the research on these resume stats:
- 10-200 resumes are generated per want-ad
- 80% of candidates are screened solely with the resume
- 1 in 245 resumes result in an interview
- 3 seconds make-or-break a positive 1st impression
- 10-30 seconds are spent to review 1 resume
- Less than 1% of the managers keep or respond to unsolicited resumes

Join us for a free online workshop to discuss “Top of the Stack Resumes: 5 Ways to Break Through a Noisy Job Market.” We'll discuss methods for building high-impact resumes including personal branding, self-assessment, resume messaging strategies, and a step-by-step approach to upgrade your resume for immediate impact.

Christine Farmer, Founder/Principal Consultant

Since 1999, our expert, Christine Farmer, has professionally coached executives and professionals on career strategies, resume messaging, interviewing and job search skills. With fifteen years in high-tech marketing, finance & product management, she offers her clients a business-minded, numbers-based approach to resume development. She holds degrees in Finance and an MBA from Boston University.

Top of the Stack Resumes Webinar Presentation July 8, 2009 Presenter: Christine Farmer, Resumes for Results

About JCSI JCSI is a recruitment consulting firm working with emerging companies and Fortune 1000 organizations CareerAssist initiative to offer guidance and information to the candidates we work with Twitter Facebook Page Blog

Top of the Stack Resumes 5 Ways to Break Through a Noisy Job Market Christine Farmer Founder/Principal Consultant

Agenda Break Through the Noise Job Search Challenges Branding YOU, Inc. 5 Ways to the Top Resume Components Resume Goal and Purpose Content and Format Market & Self-Assessment Writing for Impact Ready for Hire!

Job Search Challenges Economics of supply & demand Stand-out in a noisy job market Avoid the “black hole” Employers seek best-of-the-best The most important document in your career

Interesting Facts… 3 seconds to make a positive impression 10-30 seconds to review a resume 1-in-245 resumes result in an interview 80% are screened solely with the resume < 1% keep or respond to unsolicited resumes 84% say <5years experience for 1 page 80% say a cover letter is important 100% expect Thank-You notes 80% of jobs landed through networking Source: Association for Job Search Trainers., Charlotte Community College

8 Laws of Personal Branding Specialization Leadership Personality Distinctiveness Visibility Unity Persistence Goodwill Source: Peter Montoya -

Branding YOU, Inc. Self-Assessment Know yourself, your competition and your value-propositionCreate a compelling story about YOUExperiences, talents, attributes, skillsPassions, values, work ethicsYour message communicated consistentlyAcross multiple venues, vehicles and mediaResume – hard copy, on-line, modified versionsSocial networking – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc..Elevator pitch – personal/professional networkingSuccess is achieved when it…Invokes a positive reaction and action is taken!


Know yourself, your competition and your value-proposition

Create a compelling story about YOU

Experiences, talents, attributes, skills

Passions, values, work ethics

Your message communicated consistently

Across multiple venues, vehicles and media

Resume – hard copy, on-line, modified versions

Social networking – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc..

Elevator pitch – personal/professional networking

Success is achieved when it…

Invokes a positive reaction and action is taken!

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