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About the Book

Resume Psychology: Resume Hacks & Traps Revealed – Beat the Machine. Be Seen. Get Hired! Resume Psychology provides ethical resume hacks to leverage the performance and behavioral norms of the recruiting process, the people behind the scenes and the technology while avoid the pitfalls and traps of out-of-date advice. Learn what people expect of you during the recruiting process to make your resume more visible. How removing marketing language from your resume can improve your chances of being seen. How to justify text in your resume to make it more inviting to read. Avoiding the Kiss of Death on your resume. The keyword hack that applicant tracking software is watching for and how to leverage it. Discover how to give keywords meaning to improve how your resume is scored by technology. Why underlining words hurts your resume. Why random bolding is a bad idea on the resume. Find out which font is the most readable and why. The best length for your company bio and what to do with it to help increase your resume ranking. Avoid this move when adding information to your resume’s education section. How to list college degrees to avoid appearing as if you do not have one. Why brevity is crucial when a human reads your resume. Why you must include your contact details on your resume, even when it is on a job board. What to leave off your resume to avoid being rejected, even if you are the perfect candidate.

About the Author

Former computer analysts turned corporate recruiter and career transition volunteer turned author. He can be found on twitter @DirkInDallas. His on-line resources can be found at WWW.SlideShare.Net/DirkSpencer. His professional profile can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/dirkindallas. He is the creator of Resume Psychology©

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Resume Psychology Resume Hacks & Traps Revealed: Beat the Machine. Be Seen. Get Hired!

Question Time

Tell us more about your book “Resume Psychology Resume Hacks & Traps Revealed: Beat the Machine. Be Seen. Get Hired!” what do you cover in it?

The book reviews 3-key areas affecting the resume: the people, the processes and the technology. If there are 500 things you can do to a resume, Resume Psychology is the “trip-wire” stuff, the things that can render the resume useless if not avoided. It’s the stuff that if you get it right, your resume gets to a human reader.

Who would find this book useful?

Anyone in need of a modern resume wanting an edge over their present or future competition. The book explains what to do to counter-act the effects of advanced-technology and people behaviours behind the scenes.

Obviously different countries and businesses look for very different attributes when recruiting.  What is the most important point to consider when writing your resume/CV?

Perhaps the most important point would be to ensure resume-keywords are used in a context and not laid out in a paragraph word pile or list. With ever cheaper technology, the resume-world has becoming less and less different.

Candidates often forget to update their resume/CV each time that they apply for a job.  Each job will have different criteria, so it’s always important to read the job description carefully, update and check your cv, and then finally submit.  What is the best way to keep all the information about you recorded?  So that every time you apply for a job, you don’t have to keep rewriting.

People need to create a “master” resume. Think of this as your career anthropology. This master-file is in its own folder on the computer. When submitting to new jobs, you create a folder by company and job-title; copy the master into this folder, saving it, opening it again and delete content which is not directly related to the job in question. You use this modified resume for the new submission. As your experience expands, update the master-version.

What guidance would you offer someone who hasn’t applied for a job in a number of years?  Or perhaps have been in the same role for a long period of time and now want to try something different?

There are 2-strategies for the first question:  1) get started on a resume and or 2) start people-networking at professional meetings in your profession. Networking with people is still the most effective way to land a new job or to be top of mind with your peers if you ever need a job. For the second question, the bad news is this: the resume is not a job-transition tool. People wanting to try something different (or new), need to leverage their current situation and move about the organization. If they are not working, they want to find a job similar to their last, land and then network aggressively within the new company for different opportunities.  

What will you be working on next, do you have any more plans to write guides to help others.  Or do you have plans to help others in different ways?

The second book was released a few days ago: The Candy Maker Resume – Resume Writing Hacks. The Candy Maker Resume is the “how-to” aspects for creating consistent and relevant resume content from scratch. I am currently editing Interview Psychology to round out the RP series.

How can our readers find out more about you and your work?  Is there any way to contact you?

Yes! People can Google Dirk Spencer LinkedIn Recruiter and pull up my public profile and connect to me directly. I accept all invitations. I probably have a few hundred recruiter contacts that people can leverage, too. They can use this link if they prefer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dirkindallas .

My online help for resumes, interviews and social media can be found on SlideShare.Net (http://www.slideshare.net/dirkspencer).

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