Tuesday, September 22, 2009

why your resume gets tossed.

it hasnt yet. but i just read this online.
so why not post it here.
easy access also.

The average recruiter sees 5,000 resumes a year. Any legitimate reason she finds to make one disappear makes her life that much easier -- and yours that much harder. Here, top-level recruiters reveal how candidates blow their chances to get a foot in the door.

Numbers Don't Add Up

If accomplishments can be quantified, do it -- but use discretion. Brandishing borderline performance numbers signals a lack of experience and bad judgment. "Phrases like 'managed a budget of $500,000' or 'led a team of two' might catch my eye in a bad way," warns Olaf Weckesser, a former recruiter for McKinsey & Co. Better to spin it as "managed company's largest budget."

Adds Alexandra DeMarino, a Citigroup recruiter: "If a small number is impressive, you absolutely have to put it in context." Because you can't provide context for academic numbers, don't include GMAT scores below 650 if you're targeting a top firm. DeMarino suggests bragging about nothing less than a 3.7 GPA.

Formality Takes a Vacation

Don't succumb to the informality of email. "If you send a cover letter by email that starts with 'Hi,' it and your resume will probably end up in the trash," says Cynthia Shore, an assistant dean at the University at Buffalo School of Management and former director of its career-resource center. Treat an email as you would a proper letter: Instead of "Hi," write "Dear Mr. Case." Instead of "Thanks," conclude with "Sincerely."

Keywords Are Overused

It's true that recruiters sometimes use scanners to sort through resumes looking for certain keywords. But resumes appear contrived when candidates consciously try to include them. Describing a business-development position using such terms as "needs assessment" and "contract analysis" in order to squeeze in more keywords is a misguided strategy. Assume that a human being -- not a computer -- will be reading the resume. After all, these days fewer than 25 percent of all recruiters even use scanners.

Things Get Too Personal

"If you mention your age, we have to trash your resume," says Jeremy Eskenazi, vice president of talent acquisition at Idealab!, the California incubator firm. Since it's illegal for a company to solicit a candidate's age, race, or marital status during the hiring process, firms have adopted a "don't tell" policy to avoid potential bias suits. Many won't risk even having it handed to them.

It Looks Too Fancy

"A recruiter who receives resumes in pretty plastic folders will likely toss them," says Dave Opton, CEO and founder of ExecuNet, an online executive recruiting service. "I don't have time to take the damn things apart." Another faux pas: Folding a resume so that it fits into a standard business envelope. Heavy-stock paper that retains its crease can be a nuisance. Says Opton: "They're easier to store and photocopy if they're flat."

Also, don't try to differentiate your resume with boxes or ornate lettering. When recruiters see a resume that's designed differently, they think the person's trying to hide something. Instead, focus on content. Your resume will rise to the top of the pile.

Monday, September 21, 2009

the little girl who asked me where i bot the eggs made my day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

im tryin to personalize this blog little more.

Monday, September 14, 2009

6 things on the bus

  1. sleeping couple - drooling + eating stuff
  2. staring ppl
  3. girl staring out - with lady holdinghead
  4. man offers seat to lady when another man takes it.
  5. hot biker
  6. i cant remember

Sunday, September 13, 2009

How can she slap? How can she slap?


you have to watch this!
i think the girl deserved it! feel bad he starts crying almost in the end!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

our way

People always find their way through. the highest peak, the moon, the deep sea.
its funny.
A part of one road that leads to school had been dug up. But amidst all of that diggin, people still managed to make a lil narrow path to walk across.
i used it too and thot - people are real efficient when it comes to one's convenience.
lucky me =)

what i found.

going through old pictures and this is one of those rare times we all dressed up in black.
so i had to put it up - kala, nee and pree.
without them college wouldnt be the same.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Walk Man.

i dont know why i named it that.

anyway - i was walkin home and i was carrying alot of things.
my bag, my laptop, some shopping i had done.

and was complaining bout how heavy things were and wishing i had another bag or another hand.
when i noticed - the man walking infront of me - with headphones on - had only One arm.

he looked happy with no worries.

i felt like a jerk. what irony.
what a way to make me realize how fortunate i am.

(the illustration was taken from this site http://rogerestesdesign.com/ . i was in a hurry and didnt draw one myself)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


donny alex and i were talkin about childhood and family.

and remember WWF?? omg - the many many many characters n names.
i had always like hitman. hah.

il note down all those names we talked about. its so funny. thinking bout how crazy we were about them then.

my grandma still watches wwf btw. il post a picture soon.