By Gary Markell.
Which addendum will help my job hunting cause? What is too much?
When it comes to resume length, keep in mind: The longer your resume, the least likely it will be read. For your initial outreach, keep your resume to one to three pages. (three pages at most) You may have many projects, but summarize the data if need be. One way to keep your resume more viable and shorter, would be to segment your profile using addenda. This way you can introduce your resume with more style and enunciate it with the pertinent data. It makes it more palatable for the hiring authority. Often your Accomplishment Addendum will be read first, ahead of your resume.
Here are some addenda you can consider using
Cover Letters: Should be brief and customized. It’s best to have a short introduction; state your purpose, and a short paragraph of why you are a good choice for this position. By the way, be sure to tailor your cover letter mentioning the name of the company you are approaching. Also if you know the name of the person receiving your cover letter/resume, certainly put it in your salutation instead of “To Whom It May Concern”
Accomplishment Addendum: You can also call it, “Professional Credentials” or “Career Achievements”( keep your Accomplishment Addendum to maximum of 1 page)
- Job related Accomplishments*
- Non-Job related Accomplishments**
- Professional Training Courses
- Special Projects
- Professional Memberships, Boards and Associations
- User Group Affiliations
- Publications Links
- White Papers Links
- Volunteer and Community Work
*Job Related Accomplishments. Have a very short two-part statement; 1) What you did – maximum 1 line, 2) How it impacted your client, department, project, etc. – maximum 1 line. Example: At ABC Manufacturing, “I wrote a Financial Reporting Interface. It saved 50 man-hours per week and my manager was delighted about it.”
**Non Job Related Accomplishments: (anything that indicates leadership, organizational skills, personal work ethic, multi-tasking, etc.)
Reference Letters & Testimonials: It is a good plan to be proactive and always ask for reference letters when a project has finished, or when leaving a company. Organize them in a file where you can get to them as you need them.
Job Performance Reviews: You might be surprised how impactful these can be to your cause.
Reference List: Use professional references and not your next door neighbor or your best buddy. People you have reported to directly or indirectly would be primary references. People that know your work such as project leads, team members, clients, etc, could be secondary. For recent grads, you can use professors where projects have been completed under their tutelage. Do not give out your reference list until you are at the offer stage, or when you have been asked to provide it. Add to your resume, “References provided upon request.” Provide four references minimum.
Include with your reference name:
- Their Job Title
- Name of Current Company
- How they have related to you in the workplace
- Daytime phone number
Technical/Functional Skills List Addendum: This can include functional skills such as, Team Leadership, Data Analysis, Budgeting, etc. Technical skills for example could include your list of Languages, Databases, Systems, Applications, Tools, etc. It can even be enhanced by charting your skills. Example:
Industry/Domain List Addendum: For a robust list only. Include the Industry/Domain, Years experience in that Industry, name of the company(s) worked in each Industry, and website address for each company. (If you only have 1 or 2 industries, just keep them listed on your resume itself. See Wikipedia list)
Addenda help to get your skills and highlights noticed quicker by hiring authorities. Once you have added any addenda to your profile you can bring them into play as you need to.
*** This posting solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of IBM or IBM Recruitment. ***
Gary Markell is a senior recruiter with IBM working within GBS, Global Business Services division. With over 20 years experience starting his recruiting career in 1993, Gary Markell has been a full life cycle recruiter, Account Manager, Director of financial Services Recruiting, and in past owned his own recruiting agency for over 6 years. Gary Markell has served as trainer, mentor many times. Father of eight, he resides in Southeast Michigan with his wife Cristita and three youngest children, C.J., Anna and Timothy. He is active in church, as part of the choir and worship team, and has served in mission work in his past. Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.