Make sure you can confirm what your resume says about you

What is the “job” of a resume? To show people how much you know….to make yourself irresistible to an employer? Think again.

Your resume is your “foot in the door” of an opportunity to interview. Think of your resume as an appetiser. Your resume should “whet the appetite” of a potential employer, making them want to see the main course (you).

Now, what if your resume went overboard in describing your qualities, training and experience? Have you ever read a description of a dish on a menu and picked it just because it sounded great? What was your reaction when the meal arrived and it did not live up to expectations?

I’m guessing you complained, sent it back or re-ordered. If you accepted it and said nothing, chances are you were resentful, maybe left a miserable tip and decided that you would never go to that restaurant again. Am I close?

Do you see how a potential employer may feel if you come across as something you are not? We regularly receive resumes from security personnel looking to work for us and claiming to have E.P. experience. Yet when we look at the resume, we often see that their experience involved Bail Bonds, Bounty Hunting or Repossessing vehicles, but not E.P.

SEXTON is currently advertising their Executive Protection/ Personal Protection Specialist training program to be held in Las Vegas at the beginning of October. We have received several resumes from people who have seen the announcement and then decided to send us their resumes for work.

If you can identify yourself in this, stop this practice immediately. Firstly it shows us that you have poor powers of observation. If you had read the announcement properly, you would have seen that we were not looking for resumes. Secondly, if you have no formal training, why would we want to hire you?

It would be much better if you asked about the training, then you would see that you would be taught a world of new information, techniques and team building skills, the likes of which you probably never experienced previously.

Companies are receiving thousands of resumes for only a handful of jobs these days. It is said that there are approx. 33 million resumes in circulation today. Hiring personnel are getting battlefield experience like a M.A.S.H. unit and as such, can spot fluff and rubbish a mile away.

If you don’t have what you say you have, don’t say it or write it. Go find it and do it. Then later tell a prospective employer what you can do for them today.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

I have spoken in the past about the art of resume writing and submittal. Here is an example of what to “never do”…..

I received a resume from a person who was looking to join our company as…..something. Bodyguard….Private Investigator…Corporate Consultant…I don’t know.

His resume was not accompanied by a cover letter. Usually, I do not have the time to respond to such a request, but I was headed over to Ireland and wanted to clear out my current e-mail before I left. Also, he stated that if we hired him, we would soon realize that he was our best asset. I was intrigued.

I called our “future best asset” and asked about his training. It was minimal at best. I then asked where he was currently working. He was unemployed. I asked what registrations he possessed. He informed me that whatever he did have, had expired.
He was what you might call – a “legend in his own mind”.

In real estate they say; “location, location, location”. In security we say; “training, training, training”. Professionals do not allow licenses and registrations to lapse and expire. They also never claim to be something they are not.

That other person’s name is now prominently displayed on our; “never-call-in-a-million-years” list…and we won’t.