Three weeks ago, my blackberry buzzed with a new e-mail entitled "Strong Recommendation." It was from an old Navy friend and recently retired post-command O-6. "Chris, I rarely recommend anyone, but this guy was one of my top JOs and a superstar. Could you please take a look at his resume?" With nearly 20 open positions at my company, I was delighted to receive the captain's e-mail and, potentially, find a great new candidate. Double-clicking on the attached word document from my desktop, I strained to read the no-white space, compressed-margin, 7-point font, curriculum vitae of this apparent rock-star. The captain was right, he had been a top performer in his squadron and then had gone on to fly for the airlines. His entire resume was filled with numerous accomplishments in the field of aviation. Although impressed with all he had done in the 15 years since he graduated from college, I was hard-pressed to find a match with any of our 20 diverse job openings (we are still a bit small to need a corporate pilot). As I put down his resume, it struck me how many people neglect to craft their resumes and cover letters to match the needs of prospective employers.
Charting Your Course: Match the Hatch
By Christopher P. Michel