Q: I am completing applications for senior leadership positions in both Los Angeles and San Diego. I used to live in LA, and I went to graduate school there. But, I currently reside in Oklahoma City. Which address, California or Oklahoma, should I use on my resume?
Q: I now have 5 versions of my resume. A prospective employer has requested yet another version with a different format and emphasis. What should I do? Do I submit my application with the existing version, or do I accommodate the request?
Q: I just eliminated all of the dates from my resume because I fear “age-ism” is playing a role in the low response rate I’m receiving. What is your advice? Should I keep the dates on?
Q: I have been researching positions in the nonprofit field dealing with the growing economic and social concerns related to poverty, unemployment and hunger in the United States. Because these are particularly challenging times where both political parties are at odds with each other, Wall Street has begun to develop criminal elements to the financial industry and the public at large is in danger of falling off the social and economic cliff, it seems the focus of my application and candidacy should be on my leadership and organization skills as top priorities, and then I should develop other key areas of my background to create an effective search campaign in several industries.
Let me know if you share the same view points, or do I need to develop these ideas in a more simple and focused point of view?
Q: I am applying to an organization I know. Grant procurement is a big piece of my job, and the organization is an upstream grantor organization. Do you have any tips about how to approach the group?
Your immediate task is to have your peers and colleagues take a fresh look at you. They think they already “know” you. But, in all likelihood, there are many aspects of your leadership they have either forgotten or truly don’t know. Your work is to package yourself so they see all of your work, vision and potential in ways beneficial to the organization.
Because ethnicity/race/national origin raise sensitive issues, you do not need to open the door to unnecessary inquiry around topics of this nature.
Q: I am discouraged, upset and depressed about my job search. What should I work on next? My resume? Or …?
A: Without a doubt, work on yourself first. For now, set aside the resume, and stop typing the cover letter. No document will hide your frustration and upset feelings. They manifest themselves one way or another, so addressing what is bothering you takes priority above developing your documents.
These days, my sense is employers use the cover letter as a candidate development tool. In other words, once employers conduct initial screens for skill parity and interest, the cover becomes an additional tool to really get to know a candidate.
Q: Should I include graduation dates and dates for all of my diplomas on my resume? A recruiter told me to get rid of them because they “date” me. What do you think?
A: The sad truth is when dates are left off the resume, the reviewer is likely to draw one of two conclusions: (1) The candidate is, in fact, an experienced professional, or (2) The candidate is somehow trying to skew the truth.