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From Newspaper Boy through Engineering to Recruiter, with several stops on the journey to today! John Rose CPC [also known as Resourcefuljohn] has over many years embraced change, developed new skills and shared them with the passion and belief that ‘the world is not flat’ and ‘you can teach old dogs new tricks’. John Rose CPC is an exponent for everyone to apply 'Best Practices' and the effective and beneficial utilization of Social Media to connect, communicate and collaborate with people and businesses.   Even with the advancements in technology, John Rose CPC strongly believes "people make businesses succeed".  John's passion is about people and business people re-engineering. John does train others and talk about recruiters | recruitment | careers | job search | social media as a tool. Being an early adopter of new tools and process in the recruitment and careers market, John Rose CPC  believes in learning through communication and collaboration. Presently on the Board of Advisers to AIESEC LAURIER - a graduate student led business that facilitates international student internships.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Who Owns your Resume / Curriculum Vitae?

In the ever changing world of the Job Search the need to change and maintain your resume/CV is paramount. So the question I ask all to consider is: Who owns your Resume / Curriculum Vitae?

It is a simple answer - YOU - not a career councillor, recruiter, next door neighbour, Microsoft or any other entity who provides input, guidance or advise. It is YOU!!! Remember, the resume/CV is one of YOUR marketing tools, and is used to position you against other 'products' competing for selection by the customer.

Yesterday I was reminded by a recent university graduate of the level of influence seasoned people have on job seekers, when it comes to helping prepare their resume/CV. As any professional, we must be very careful when providing advise and guidance to not loose sight that the resume/CV we are helping the individual prepare is not our property, but theirs. Also, recruiters must not take liberty with resumes/CV submitted and them 'modify' the contents to better present to the client...Ermmm! wonder how many recruiters still do this, I suspect quite a few.

If you are the owner of the resume/CV, make sure that those representing you don't put words into your proverbial mouth. Yes! all those who are openly or secretly seeking other job opportunities should seek input/guidance/advise from professionals to ensure that their market face is the best possible. One caveat, always challenge the person/organisation who is providing assistance by asking a couple of simple questions:
  1. When did you last successfully write and present your own resume/CV?
  2. What final outcome do you expect? once you have finished assisting in my resume/CV preparation!
There are others you can ask, and if you think of them ask away! these show that you are completing your due diligence when it comes to your preparation and determination to WIN with YOUR resume/CV.

Finally, your resume/CV has achieved its marketing purpose - once you get an interview...from then on it is up to you. Your resume is then a written document that can be used to 'hang you' if the contents are found to be untruthful.