In this informative article in Mr. Snyder’s continuing series, Jeff
advises you on how to make your resume leap out over the piles of
others in hopes of catching an employer’s eyes to land yourself the job
that you desire.

Today, resumes flow into corporate and third party recruiter’s
inboxes at a higher volume than in any time in past history. Just two
decades ago, resumes were delivered through fax machines and via
US Mail. Today, resume delivery can and does happen with literally
one mouse click. If everybody can and does deliver a resume with one mouse click, you, the job seeker, must do something to make you resume stand out from the hundreds of resumes employers receive when they post a job on-line.

A Human Resources Vice President compared most resumes he
has read over the years to a job description turned inside-out. Most
resumes are written in long drawn-out paragraphs that busy resume
readers don’t have time to read or they’re presented in short, choppy,incomplete bulleted sentences that don’t deliver value.

Either approach will not cause your resume to stand out from the

The person who reads your resume, whether they are a hiring manager, a corporate recruiter or a third party external recruiter is a busy person who is likely overwhelmed with data on a daily basis.

Their job when reviewing resumes is to separate the short list of
candidates from the overwhelming long list of prospective candidates.The decision that places one resume in the short list pile and others in the discard pile happens in a matter of seconds.

The key is to write your resume knowing that the reader on the otherend is likely overwhelmed and they don’t have a significant amount of time to read. In fact, they very likely don’t read at all. Your resume willbe scanned to determine whether it should be read. Not just scanned by technology but scanned by human eyeballs.

Can Eyeballs Scan Your Resume?

  • The beginning of your story should describe what you were hired to do for your current and past employers.
  • The middle part of your story should describe what you actually
    did for your current and past employers. This is where you
    describe accomplishments and value.
  • The end of your story is the quantifiable piece. This is where
    you tie the story together with evidence that you’ve made money for your employer, you’ve saved your employer money, you’ve created automated processes to make manual work more efficient, etc.

In all three parts of this story, build in keywords and buzzwords. Your resume may not even make it to the human eyeball review if it doesn’t technically score high points for carrying the right choice of words.

Employers Hire Producers
In the wake of layoffs and cutbacks, those who still have jobs are
frequently asked to do more with less. Fewer employees are expected to produce more output. Write your resume in a way that delivers value, accomplishment and production in bite-sized stories. If a future employer can’t tell that you’re a producer and they only have room for producers on their staff, your resume will not open an interview door.

A resume is one part of a professional’s personal branding and marketing strategy. A resume that contains too much information won’t be read by a busy resume reader. A resume that contains too little information won’t cause the busy resume reader to read the entire document. Resume writing is both art and science. Finding the right balance between art and science is the key to producing a resume that floats to the top, catches the reader’s attention and produces interview opportunities.

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is the President of , a search firm highly specialized in information security recruiting. Jeff’s recruiting career started in 1990 in the general IT recruiting space.
His first information security recruiting assignment landed on his desk in the 1995 - 1996 timeframe. provides full-time and contract recruiting services, job placement services and and is a gateway to various kinds of security education, security certifications and security training opportunities.

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