Reverse engineering Resume


I was helping one of my master students with his resume preparation and felt that I should write a blog on how job candidates should make their resume appealing from an employer’s perspective.

Before you start your resume you should put your imagination to work. You should think you are the recruiter and interviewing a candidate. What answer are you expecting from the candidate. As recruiter you will ask questions to the candidate as follows

Why are your skills right for this position?

Tell us more about your last job?

How are you going to add value?

What is your work ethic?

Tell us three adjectives that would describe your attitude?

What about your weaknesses?

Why should you matter to us?

Where do you want to eventually live and settle?

Where else are you looking and why do we stand out in your set of choices?

Are there any reasons why you would not take this job if it were offered?

I have written a book “Interview questions with answers” which have 80 more questions with answers so that all branches of engineering and MBA candidates can use it to prepare their Resume.

When you are reading the questions your mind also thinks of what answer you expect from a candidate.

Now let’s take one question from the above Why are your skills right for this position? “

Depending on job requirements you can have variety of answers for the above questions. 

Let’s assume the position is a Software engineer and expected skills are soft skills , Java, web and mobile technologies. …

One answer is : “My skills of java code will enable a process and quality improvement,  if implemented in a manufacturing firm production facilities”

 

If a Mechanical engineer has to answer the above question he/she can  consider this sample answer: “my deep understanding of engine technologies (let’s say hyrdolics )  made me to come up with new engine improvement ideas that would be helpful to the company and my knowledge of software coupled with Domain knowledge makes me productive right away “

Look at the answers I wrote. These answers enables you to understand whether your skills and subject knowledge is enough to meet the expectations of the recruiter. In your skills and abilities section of resume you can put exactly what kind of end results you can provide by using your java or whatever you learnt. . By clearly reverse engineering the end results of your training’s and skills you can put the same in your resume and your resume stands out from other candidates very well.

By answering other questions that matches your skills and abilities you can make a resume with end results in mind to clearly mention the benefits you can provide for a recruiter.

If you want more advice you can contact me.. Happy job hunting…

 

 

 

 

Are you on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and other social sites? Then read this.


According to a study we spent lot’s of time on Facebook and other social sites to drive away boredom, for interpersonal communication and self expression. Most of the content on Facebook does not add any value because we are not seeking information but just trying to express ourselves. Facebook or any social website is bad for students or many of the working employees. Our brain is built to think of  ourselves (our goals, studies, career etc) and work hard towards achieving success but the brain is also wired to seek recognition , pleasure and fun. When the Brain is free(most of the time when you are doing routine work)  it looks for pleasure and fun. The brain’s favorite past time is thinking of friends, movies, celebrity’s,  fun or other people. The craving to interact with people, get recognized  made Facebook and other social websites successful.   Facebook and other social websites are built to cater to our inner feelings of wanting to get recognized (seeking friends, building our online reputation and our desire for  people to click LIKE button on our posts) .  Social media has become so rewarding and addictive and makes our brain weak and we forget to focus on building our career’s or preparing for the crucial exams.  It is very hard to control our impulse and this pleasure seeking brain makes it more hard for people to focus on what is important for life and waste many hours online seeking pleasure or recognition.  The following is a extract from  Forbes magazine article

““Facebook has had a huge impact on the social, emotional and cognitive development of young people,” says Steyer, an expert on media and children’s issues, who is concerned about how social networking affects children and teens’ brain development. “It’s time to have a serious discussion about this.” Steyer founded and runs non-profit educational group Common Sense Media and is working to kick that discussion into higher gear with his new book “Talking Back To Facebook: The Common Sense Guide To Raising Kids In The Digital Age.”  http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2012/05/17/heres-a-completely-different-reason-to-be-skeptical-about-facebook/

The above facts are confirmed by a study conducted on students who are failing in studies. Here is the link for more details on the facts http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/oct/08/poor-grades-linked-too-much-socializing/?print

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101022093715.htm

So now you know the danger of too much time spent on Facebook or any other social media.  It is time that you look at the other blog I wrote on how to become smart again https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/simple-ways-to-become-smarter/  with simple steps and get back to success in your studies or career.

For improving your knowledge here are links to some great websites

http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

http://www.edxonline.org/

For learning how to repair anything in the house or learn some new trade

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide

http://www.dozuki.com/

For learning software code for free http://code.google.com/edu/

for students to participate in Microsoft talent competition  http://www.imaginecup.com/

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