Make Job Requirements Relevant to the Job

I’ve ranted about certifications before. But I recently encountered another job description with a certification that I just don’t understand. For a Quality Manager (not a Director or VP), the description asked for PMP. (The PMP is the PMI’s certification for project managers.) Here’s why I think requiring any certification is nuts: all the certification …

“Where Do You Want to Be in Five Years?”

It’s common for candidates to be experts in some technical area that the manager knows little about. Sometimes managers don’t realize how to ask questions about the qualities, preferences, non-technical, or technical skills, so the manager asks, “Where do you want to be in five years?” Managers, if you want to know about ambition, ask …

Resume Tip #3: Summarize experience on a resume cover page

You know you’re supposed to keep your resume to two pages. But you’ve been working for 20+ years, and you have lots of great experience. Instead of pages and pages of the chronological resume, think about the kinds of things you’ve done in your work. Have you rescued projects? Have you facilitated strategic planning? Have …