Our very own Dave Banns was featured in a Steele On Your Side segment about how to get noticed by employers.
The segment which aired on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 on CTV featured resume advice for job seekers and tips to differentiate yourself from the rest.
Excerpt from CTV’s website:
Video resumes aside, recruiters at one Vancouver headhunting firm say job seekers still need to do some extra legwork.
The Headhunters recruiter Dave Banns says networking and meeting people for coffee is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.
Banns says in the end the good old paper resume is still going to be what seals the employment deal — so make it unique, specific, honest and to the point.
“Often people look at a resume for 15 or 20 seconds and it has to be that sort of elevator pitch, it has to be there, so that two-dimension piece of paper has to get you into the ‘yes’ pile,” he said.
The firm offers some resume tips to job candidates hoping to get noticed:
- Keep your resume to no more than two pages. Include a separate appendix if you have other related information you think might be interesting to an employer.
- Don’t forget to include contact information. Surprisingly, many job seekers forget to put a cell phone number on their resumes.
- Don’t “spray and pray.” Make sure your resume is tailored to the specific job you are applying for.
- Start with your most current position. When it comes to work experience, prospective employers want to know what you’re doing now, instead of two years ago.
- Include interests or hobbies. It tells the employer more about you as a person and you may even have a point of interest in common that helps you stand out.