Hello all, I've been a faithful follower for quite a while and have applied many of the MT techniques with good success. Today, however, I've got a question that I'd like to get the collective wisdom of the group.
I'm currently interviewing for a senior position in our municipality (upward move with my current employer). Today I had the long list interview with the Recruiter doing the search, and prepared using the techniques from the Podcasts and the Kellogg video. All went well, except that during the interview, the recruiter asked me: "and what's with this resume?"
I've known this person for about 5 years, and she actually recruited me into my current position in 2002. I was kind of taken aback, as I'd worked hard to get my resume to the one page format, ensuring that the bulllets are action oriented, leading with results, and quantifiable. The content is much superior to my previous version. She didn't like the format of my MT resume, and her comments were along the lines of:
- "How do we find out about the 'you'?"
- "Who's the customer here?"
- "Where's the Professional Association / Personal side?"
- "Looks like you didn't take the time to worry about presentation"
She also mentioned that my potential boss wasn't that enamoured with the format, which concerned me somewhat too.
Now, being an internal candidate, I'm wondering if they didn't just skim over the guts of my resume, and not really look as hard at the content as they would with an external candidate. Looking instead at the presentation vs. substance. I resisted the urge to say something like "what part about being a results focused, high achieving and forward thinking leader didn't you see in there".
Any advise or experiences that anyone can share with me on their use of the MT resume? I'm a little concerned that if a typical recruiter won't/can't see the good content crammed in there, that a typical HR type may not either.
Thanks in advance for your help!