by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, the “resume first impression” is key. Last week a colleague of mine requested that I take a glance at his, wait for it….. 6-page resume. Yes, 6 pages. My immediate impression was that it had great content, but it really felt like 10 pounds of potatoes were stuffed into a 5-pound bag. It felt, and looked, way overdone. Although it’s ok to have a lengthier cv, it’s probably not necessary to include everything. (Comments welcome on this of course.) You’ll have the opportunity to balance out your employment history and accomplishments via LinkedIn, with your network, and in-person during interviews. Please keep that balance in mind, have several of your closest colleagues glance at your resume, pull a few potatoes out if necessary, and always keep that thought of first impression at the top of your resume agenda.

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are NOT in transition, you might know someone that is. Being in transition can be an anxious, exciting journey. Lots of emotions for sure. Think about how you can pay-it-forward to someone in your network that could use a little extra support. Offer a job lead. Offer an introduction. Offer to review their resume. Be creative.

by Jason Nemoy

For anyone in transition, when you see a posted opportunity, try not to feel like it’s a race to get your resume submitted. Take a step back and make every attempt in a 24-hour period to find a common connection, and seek a potential introduction. LinkedIn can help with that. Going for the introduction betters (I would think?) your chances of having your resume placed at the top at the pile. Please…. don’t just hit the “send” button. Be creative.