Representing You When You’re Not There. Bespoke Search Group’s Chris Myers Supplies The ABC’s Of A Successful Resume In A Three Part Interview Series
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By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager
Like a lot of other people in the recruiting industry, Chris Myers, Managing Partner at Bespoke Search Group, didn’t set out to work in the field.
“I graduated in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University and after school I was able to intern with Ernst & Young,” he said. “It gave me a shot at working with the auditors down in the Virginia office.”
He subsequently starting looking to recruiting firms for help in finding a position in accounting and finance where he could interact and problem solve directly with clients and was offered a job when they noticed his enthusiasm and skill set.
“Like most people in recruiting, I accidently fell into the industry.”
It’s an obvious good fit that becomes apparent soon after meeting him. Myers is energetic, personable and well-versed in the aspects that make up a great recruiter. His direct and knowledgeable approach is the perfect foundation for our in-depth conversation on what all candidates need to know about the resume.
Underscoring the importance
He started our conversation by underscoring the importance of the document that people often need some direction on.
“Your resume represents you when you’re not there,” he says. “When you go to an interview, you wear your best suit because it’s all about first impressions. That’s extremely consistent with your resume. It rolls out the red carpet for you.”
Myers goes on to say most candidates are competing with one to two hundred people for the same job and the HR/hiring manager may have between five to twenty seconds to look at each resume and decide which to move forward with.
“There are still a lot more candidates out there than there are jobs,” he says adding brevity needs to be an ingredient to a winning approach. To that point, he is adamant anyone with five or less years experience should not have any more than a one page resume. Any longer for a business/accounting/finance orientated job and the candidate isn’t organizing their experience properly according to Myers.
“Some of the best CFO resumes I’ve ever seen were not five or six pages. They were two.”
The trick is to highlight and articulate what’s important and leave out what isn’t.
“Where you fill in the blanks of what’s not on your resume is in the interview,” Myers says adding any bullet points need to be relevant to the job you’re applying to so having more than one resume allows you to put the best foot forward for any particular job.
Next week: Some thoughts on formatting and other important issues.