Punk Rock HR FAQ: Resumes & Networking

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What are the most important attributes of a successful and impressive resume? It’s simple.

  • Clarity.
  • Grammar.
  • Punctuation and spelling.

None of it matters, though. You won’t find a job that pays more than $40K/year through the internet or the newspaper. There is no magical $100K/year job on the internet. If you’re lucky enough to find a job in 2009, you will be hired by someone you know who knows a guy — and that guy will recommend you for a position with his company.

The resume is just a formality, yo.

So let’s stop asking questions about the resume and start focusing on the important aspects in life: networking. I know, I know. There’s nothing worse than putting yourself out there and trying not to seem desperate and needy. I like this advice from eHow.

  • Learn to ask ‘What do you do?’ with comfort, sincerity and interest. Become a better listener. Ask a question and then be quiet until you hear the answer.

In other words, look beyond yourself for a minute and maybe you’ll get to know a great human being — and someone knows about a fantastic employment opportunity.

[I would also suggest that you get your butt on LinkedIn, Twitter, and start a blog. Join Facebook — but don’t spy on your kids. That’s a waste of time because your kids are actually on MySpace being propositioned by perverts and masochists.]

Any other advice that needs to be added to the Punk Rock HR FAQ? Let me know.

UPDATED: Cincy Recruiter (aka Jennifer) lists 25 Web Resources To Help You Get Your LinkedIn Game On — and she is awesome, so check it out. Jennifer is also an avid use of Twitter, so read her tweets — even if you don’t have a Twitter account — for insight and advice.

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