Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Is a resume a greatest hits compilation?

I encourage clients to think of a resume as a "greatest hits" compilation. 

Can you include only the best examples of each type of achievement? 

Can you highlight the breadth and depth of your technical, analytical and interpersonal skills?

  • 3 core skills spell TAI
    • Technical (languages, including computer code, accounting: certificates, testable)
    • Analytical (curriculum development, decision making)
    • Interpersonal (dealing with students, parents, politics, public speaking, leadership)

If music metaphors fail to move you, I encourage you to analyze your resume using the MECE principle.

  • Mutually
  • Exclusive
  • Collectively
  • Exhaustive

(ME) Mutually Exclusive - "must ensure that a list of items is mutually exclusive, or that every item is separate and distinct"
(CE) Collectively Exhaustive - "it must also be collectively exhaustive, that it includes every issue relevant to the problem"

an example of MECE

The MECE principle, pronounced 'meesee', mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive, is a grouping principle. It says that when data from a category is desired to be broken into subcategories, the choice of subcategories should be
  1. collectively exhaustive -- i.e., the set of all subcategories, taken together, should fully characterize the larger category of which the data are part ("no gaps"),
  2. mutually exclusive -- i.e., no subcategory should represent any other subcategory ("no overlaps")
This is desirable for the purpose of analysis: mutual exclusivity avoids the risk of double counting information, and collective exhaustion avoids the risk of overlooking information.

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-Updated by Vince on 18 Feb 2013

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