Please read the reference information provided below before sending your resume, as these documents should accompany each other. We cannot possibly call everyone that forwards their information, but we will be happy to start a file and contact you once your skills are aligned with a client’s need.
Creating Your Resume
Your resume is the best tool to represent your skills, so take the time to do it right. It needs to have certain elements to be attractive to prospective employers. Be sure you make a good impression by having a complete resume. Never use a “virtual resume” with only an email address and phone as your contact information. This type of resume is simply not a good selling tool.
Resumes need a proper heading with personal email address, physical address and phone, followed by:
- An Objective,
- A Summary of Skills,
- Work History (including Month/Year)
- Selected Accomplishments.
Your resume should express all of the above information in two pages, no more!
For some additional helpful tips, see the menu tab for Six Critical Rules of Resume Writing. Save the document as: your first name, last name, title, and month/yr.
Example: Mary LaSalle Vice President Sales Resume May 2012
Building Your Reference List
Your professional reference list should have the same heading appearance as your resume. It should include information on how to contact each reference, as well as your relationship with that person and the duration of that relationship.
Do not use vendors, neighbors, your attorney, politicians, etc., as these types of references are seen as a sign of weakness and may raise problematic questions.
Your most current past employers are your most valuable references. Select individuals (direct superiors) who have carefully observed your job performance. If you are in a key sales role, including a few well-known clients is acceptable under the Peer Section.
Give as much information to your recruiter as possible and be honest. Your references will testify to your technical skills, ability to be a leader, to mentor and work with others as well as the successes you’ve achieved. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your prior bosses will not be candid with their references, they will. So when you start to work with a recruiter, be completely honest if you want them to work with you. Think you have a bad reference in the mix? Don’t try to avoid it, but rather bring it to your recruiter’s attention. Prior bosses often temper their feelings over time.
Listing three to six bosses that you had solid reporting lines to as a superior (adding in others if you like that you had dotted reported lines to) and three to four peers is a good start. If you can’t find current contact information use social media resources: Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
Save the document as: your first name, last name, title, and month/yr. Example: Mary LaSalle Vice President Sales References May 2012
Here is a sample format to follow:
Professional Reference List
3152 Glendora Circle • Miami, FL 34109
(xxx) xx-xxxx, mobile
(xxx) xxx-xxxx, home or work
Mr. Thomas Jones
Vice President Four Season Northeast Region
(xxx) xxx-xxxx Direct Office Line
He was the General Manager and my direct boss at The Four Seasons Miami.
We worked together there for 4 years at the Four Seasons Chicago.
Mrs. June Carter
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Coast, CA 30330
(xxx) xxx-xxxx Resort
She was the General Manager -Vice President who I reported to at Ritz-Carlton Maui when I was Director of Sales and Marketing. We worked together for 18 months.
Mr. Jerry Rush
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Best Resort in the USA
(xxx) xxx-xxx Cell
Was my boss when I was DOS at The Canyons Resort, Utah. We worked together for 2 years.
Mr. Jimmy So
Former Regional DOS for Four Seasons
The Four Season Paris
(xxx) xxx-xxx Cell
We worked together for 6 years at the Four Seasons where we were both Regional DOS.
Mrs. Anita Cando
Director of Food and Beverage
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
(xxx) xxx-xxx Direct Line
We worked together at the Hotel DuPont as peers on the executive committee for 3 years