Resume Writing 101

In the fast-paced world of recruiting, a ten-second glance at your resume can either make or break your chances of landing an interview. Fair? No. Realistic? Absolutely.

Because of the sheer number of resumes that recruiters have to sift through each day, it’s virtually impossible to read every single one from start to finish. As the job seeker, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your resume stands out. This is not to say that you should be using crazy fonts or color schemes in an attempt to get noticed – rather, you should strive to craft a document that is professional, concise, and accurate. This enables recruiters to get a good sense for your skills and experience without getting bogged down with wordy paragraphs or irrelevant information.

 

Here are some of the key things to consider when putting together your resume.

First impressions are everything! Your resume should appear polished, well organized, and professional. Make sure your name and contact information are clearly visible.

Select an appropriate font and use line breaks, bullets, and bolding to draw attention to content you’d like to highlight. Use headings to distinguish between the different sections of your resume. This allows recruiters to jump directly to the criteria they’re most interested in (some are more interested in skills, while others will jump right to job experience, for example).

Not sure exactly what should go in your resume? Generally, the most important things to cover are: skills, work experience, accomplishments, and education. You can also include major projects that you’ve worked on (or relevant courses, if you’re a recent grad).

For skills, list both hard and soft skills. Most companies, unless they state otherwise, are looking for a balance of technical abilities and people skills that will enable you to work well with other employees in the workplace.

When listing your work history, make sure that you go in reverse chronological order. This means that your most recent job goes at the top and previous places of employment are listed below.

In terms of accomplishments, the more concrete proof you can provide, the better. Have your Google Analytics Qualification? Certified Scrum Master? Graduated with honors? Put it down!

Ensure that the formatting is uniform throughout. Double-check your margins, font size, and line spacing. Try to keep the overall length reasonable – a twenty-page document is much more daunting for recruiters than a neat, three-page overview.

A quick note on grammar – try to avoid using first person or colloquialisms, as it will most likely come across as unprofessional. Always proofread and edit your resume for typos and spelling errors. Get a friend to look it over for anything you might have missed.

 

Once you’ve put all of this together, you should have a document that you can really be proud of. After all, it is a summary of all your hard-earned skills, experience, and successes up to this point in time.

Throw in a reference or two and you’ve got yourself a solid basic resume.  From here, you can tailor it as necessary for specific job opportunities or positions (more on that here).

And now, it’s time to get out there – happy job hunting!

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Talking Business with BBG

We sit down with BBG’s CEO John Gabriel to get the fast facts about this burgeoning business firm.

My name’s John Gabriel, and I’m the president, chairman, and CEO of BBG Management Corporation. BBG is a global business process and technology services organization. We have clients across the United States, Canada, Latin America, and we’re currently growing in EMEA and MENA. Through both direct and indirect channels, BBG has access to over a trillion-dollar market. The global staff augmentation market is a four hundred billion-dollar segment and the global systems integration, application, modernization and call center markets approximate six hundred billion. Our immediate focus and direct marketing efforts are the United States and Canada in the staff augmentation segment, which is approximately a hundred billion dollars.

BBG’s core competency and the skillset that we look to leverage in the delivery of systems integration, application, modernization and call center management is our staffing and recruiting services. BBG has recently been appointed as the fastest growing Canadian company in the HR segment, and the 39th fastest growing Canadian company. Our success to date has been primarily attributed to our culture and our commitment to our strategy.

BBG’s management team is very strong from an operational perspective. We have Kate Macdonald as our chief operating officer – she has a solid understanding of every aspect of the business, whether it’s sales or recruiting. VP of Inside Sales David Williams is excellent at getting clients to commit to BBG. We have Trang Tran who is our VP of HR – Trang is responsible for understanding all of the payroll and tax remittances across multiple global jurisdictions. It’s a very difficult job, but she’s been fantastic at it. On the finance side we’ve got David Metcalfe, our Executive VP Finance. David is a CGA who brings international experience to BBG. Supporting Dave is Aline Hanna, who is our VP Finance. We’ve got Keith Wilson, who is our President of Government of Canada Sales – Keith has an extensive background within the Government of Canada segment and has been doing a great job at uncovering plenty of opportunities. Another new addition to the team is Robert Parsons, who is our VP of Professional Services for the National Capital Region. Robert has got an extensive background in recruiting in the NCR, and we’re looking for him and Keith to grow that market significantly for us.

BBG’s revenue over the past 5 years has grown significantly – we’ve achieved a 100% CAGR in the last 5 years, with a 2000% growth rate from 2010. In 2010, BBG’s revenue was approximately 320,000 dollars and in 2015 our revenue was about 6.8 million. BBG’s estimated revenues in 2016 are 8.5 million, and our targets over the next 5 years are fairly aggressive, with estimated revenues in 2020 of over 30 million dollars.

BBG’s growth strategy is based on an integrated business model whereby we leverage our core competency in staffing and recruiting services to support our delivery of application, modernization, call center services and systems integration. It’s the involvement or the integration of the staffing and recruiting services that will drive higher margins within the segment. The challenge for several IT firms out there, system integrators, is that they do not have the ability to deliver staffing and recruiting services. They outsource these services and as such erode a significant margin. Having these services internally will allow BBG to grow significantly through acquisition and organically, and drive a 20-30% margin on any one of these acquisitions by reducing the outsource requirement for staffing and recruiting services.

BBG maintains significant business operations experience, both in public and private sectors. I’ve run a public company and BBG’s strategy is to go public at around 2020, between 2020 and 2023. BBG is run like a public company, we have an advisory board, we have monthly reporting, status and earnings calls, and we operate on a model that’s based on openness and transparency.

Again, my name’s John Gabriel, I’m the president, chairman, and CEO of BBG Management Corporation. I’d like to thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about BBG Management. I’d like to thank BBG’s team – our culture is fairly strong, I think we’ve got a team of professionals supporting the business and helping grow the business, and helping us achieve our goals and objectives. Thank you.

 

 

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