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Resume Question

By TechnologyBrad ·
I have been completing my resume to begin a job search. I have a question though. I am working two jobs here at my present company. I have each job broken down with tasks performed under each. I need to show what percentage I work each job. What is the best way to do this?

Job 1 - X% (Year Started - Present)

Job 2 - Y% (Different Year Started - Present)

Something like that or should it be in the area where all tasks are listed?

Thank you in advance for any help.


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Too specific

by JamesRL In reply to Resume Question

As someone who read over a thousand resumes last year....

Job titles vary from company to company, as do duties and tasks. What you have done in terms of everyday tasks shouldn't limit what you are capable of, so don't spend a lot of valuable resume real estate telling us what a system admin does.

Instead tell me how you made a difference at your last employer. What improvements did you make, money did you save, initiatives did you lead? What did you learn? Why should I take a closer look?

Take a look at

I've attended a resume workshop from this guy, and he is very successful at writing resumes which get results.


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You won't end up with one resume

by gene.fellner In reply to Resume Question

The first resume you write is for broadcast. You'll post it on boards like Monster and Dice and Craigslist, give it to every headhunter who's ever pestered you, e-mail it to every company you can think of, and then start calling your friends. The single purpose of this resume is to get someone's attention so they'll read it. Break the rules, put stuff in there that WILL grab attention. Don't worry about the fine points of splitting job duties by percentage. At this point nobody cares.

When someone replies about a specific job, then you write an entire new resume that makes you look like the perfect candidate for that job. You also use whatever you know about the hiring manager to tweak it to make a favorable impression. And you'll follow whatever wacky rules the HR people at the hiring company have enacted.

I'll defer to James's judgment about this particular resume service, and it's certainly worth getting as much help as possible. However, in my experience the other 999,999 of the services are worthless. I see resumes with beautiful graphics that are full of bonehead errors that absolutely anyone could avoid by simply spending a couple of hours flipping through Strunk & White.

When I see a resume like that my first thought is, "This person spent a lot of money on this and he accepted the product without having anyone he regards as a mentor or guru review it. This person is WAY too trusting and has very bad judgment." In general I'm not comfortable having people like that work for me.

I'd be more forgiving of a home-made resume with spelling errors. At least the applicant didn't pay for it.

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What the expert teaches

by JamesRL In reply to You won't end up with one ...

In the workshop, Martin stresses having a number of resumes. The resume for sending to recruiters or posting on the online boards should have the maximum number of buzzwords. You should also have a text only resume for those servcies that import resumes into databases.

And yes you should modify the resume for each job you apply for, in order to highlight the most applicable skills and attributes to the potential employer. In Martin's project manager example, he would spend more time modifying the first section than the later cronological listing.

And Martin would also tell you there are different resumes for different jobs/industries. A professor is going to break the 2 page rule, and list out every article they have ever published. And engineer will doe something a little different because thats hte nature of engineering.

It would have to be an exceptional resume to get me to overlook obvious spelling mistakes. The resume should be the best you can do, and if the best you can do is flawed, what is your average output like?

I didn't pay for a resume, but I see no problem in having something professional looking. The way a good professional(and I know people who have paid for Martin's services) does is an interative back and forth that utilizes both the individuals desires and goals with Martin's knowledge of job hunting and resume writing - its not like handing someone a pile of cash and sitting back waiting for the result. If you pay Martin to do your resume, be prepared for a two hour initial interview, some follow ups, and some search coaching. Some very successful people use these services.


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