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Is It true? The Zero Page Resume

I’m in a perpetual argument with more than one person over the appropriate length of a resume. I’ve always believed in the 1-page resume. Most on the other side see 3-pages as a logical limit. They are wrong, of course. The 1-page resume is the perfect size. You never need more than one page explaining who you are. If you think you do, you are overthinking yourself. The resume is not supposed to be a novel about your life, it’s supposed to be a book report about the novel about your life. It gets the reader interested in the story, but it doesn’t tell you everything or give away the ending.

My favorite example is Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs has an amazing resume, and it’s only one page with plenty of white space. I won’t reprint it, but here’s the gist: I was a founder at Apple where I helped invent the Macintosh which revolutionized the computer industry. Then I worked at NeXT, where my ideas made programmers lives easier by (insert NeXT stuff here) . . . Then I worked at Apple where I invented the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. Also, Pixar, where I gave the thumbs-up to Toy Story and those other movies you and your kid can actually agree on. There are books written about Steve Jobs and his life and everything he did. Multiple books with competing movie adaptations and big name Twitter celebrities attached. Jobs’ resume is not a book. It gives you a few brief facts. It lays out key accomplishments. Most importantly, though, it makes you want to learn more. That’s the key to a resume. A resume has only one purpose, to get you in the door. You need to sell yourself in an interview, where you will truly land the job. A resume will not land you a job. It can only hurt you when executed poorly. When I was a hiring manager at a former company, I looked for 2 key elements in an applicant. I wanted a cover letter that was clearly unique, written by someone who had read my job posting clearly and was answering me directly. The worst thing you can do while looking for a job is to cut and paste your cover letter. Hiring managers can tell when you’ve done that, and this is the quickest way to lose their attention. I also looked for a 1-page resume. This wasn’t a sudden death decision. I interviewed and perhaps hired applicants with a multi-page resume, but multi-page resumes simply don’t make sense. “Did Leonardo need 3 sheets of canvas for the Mona Lisa?” A resume is both a piece of artwork and a sales pitch for your talents. You can certainly insert creativity into your resume, in which case the single page format becomes even more important. No matter how funky and outside-the-box you choose to think, the single sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch paper is the medium of choice. Did Leonardo need 3 sheets of canvas for the Mona Lisa? Of course not. Art fits onto a single page without breaks. This is why art museums are full of single canvases and not silly triptychs. There is something daring and defiant about the single page resume. It says at once “Here I am in my entirety” and also “A single sheet of paper cannot contain me!” A three-page resume is always too thorough. Every aspect of your job described in detail. Loose undergraduate associations and strange summers of volunteering meander through a page that should be high peaks of accomplishment and wide valleys that draw the reader. That’s how I feel about resumes, but I’m realizing that my thinking is outdated, or at least it will be very soon. After all, what is a single-page resume in the digital age? What is a three-pager? That’s an anachronism of paper. Certainly resumes are among the few documents left that most users feel compelled to print. That is mostly because there is not yet a better alternative, and that’s a shame and an opportunity. LinkedIn is my resume at this point. It shows what I did; who I know; what came before. All the resume essentials. It leaves out a lot of the stupidity that seems vital on a traditional resume. References. Software knowledge, especially Microsoft Office. That insipid objective statement. Would you rather call the references I suggest, or would you rather do a little social networking? When you find out I know Sarah, your Director of Marketing, from when we both worked together in Milwaukee, wouldn’t you rather ask her what she thinks? Even seeing the connections without reaching out paints a better picture than you’ll get from a coached reference call. LinkedIn also eliminates the unnecessary junk, while leaving limitless space for what’s important. What’s important? Jobs. What’s not important? Things nobody paid you to do. First, everyone knows Microsoft Office, and if you don’t, you should really start lying about that. My knowledge of Excel is literally the only lie on my resume. Why indicate you know Illustrator? Doesn’t your prior job experience indicate a necessity to know the tools of the trade? Most of all, it’s time to end the objective statement. Hi, I’m Philip, I work really hard, I like what I do, and you’ll be happy you hired me. That’s every objective statement in a nutshell. Anything else is gymnastics of verbiage and diction. Social networks undoubtedly play a major role in the job hunt, and it’s time to embrace that and bring your social connections to the forefront, at the expense of archaic means. The last time I interviewed a job applicant, the applicant had his twitter handle on his resume. I started following him. He started following me. By the time we sat down at our interview, he had read a column or two, and I had skimmed his feed for references to drug use and Nazi memorabilia. It wasn’t even a secret, we both admitted to this sort of research. Why not? I would much rather an employer see the collection of information publicly available about me than a single sheet of paper with a summary of my best days. Let me talk about the best days in an interview, as part of the story of my success. Instead of worrying or arguing over the single-page or multi-page resume, it’s time to find a better method altogether. The information is all readily available, we just need a concise way to package the story and get your foot in the door. IMAGE Joi Ito The Zero Page Resume is written by Philip Berne & originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 – 2013, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Is It true? Apple budget iPhone reportedly leaks (but keep the salt handy)

Could this be the much-rumored budget iPhone Apple aims to battle Android at the low-end with? That’s the claim by Techdy, which managed to grab some hands-on time with a plastic-shelled smartphone bearing Apple’s logo and a whole lot of speculation. According to the leak, you’re looking at the white version of the upcoming budget iPhone set to launch alongside the iPhone 5S later this year.

Exactly where the phone came from, is unclear. Techdy has links with M.I.C. Gadget, a site we’ve seen leak pre-announcement gadgets often from manufacturing sources in the past, though if the handset is legitimate then this is certainly one of the biggest to spill out prior to an OEM’s intentions. Suspending the usual disbelief, if only for a moment, the site claims that the handset as a whole feels far from cheap, despite how it has been billed. Made of polycarbonate – just as Nokia uses for its Lumia Windows Phones – it will have a 4-inch screen like the iPhone 5, going by the display assembly – but is thicker and blunter than the current Apple flagship. On the bottom there’s a Lightning port and four speaker holes, along with the headphone jack and a hole for a microphone. The display itself has narrower side bezels than we’ve seen on an iPhone so far. However, it’s also worth noting that Techdy has seized the opportunity to throw together an Android-powered clone (which looks quite a bit like HTC’s ill-fated First, in fact) of the supposed leaked iPhone, and will be selling it as the “Basic Bear”. That could well make this claimed preview of the new iPhone more like a thinly-veiled piece of rumor-mill marketing, but we’ll likely have to wait closer to the official budget iPhone reveal to find out for sure. VIA Engadget Story Timeline iPhone plastic shell leaks in China Plastic iPhones in neon tones: is this really Apple’s next generation? iPhone plastic model renderings appear radically bright [UPDATE] Apple budget iPhone reportedly leaks (but keep the salt handy) is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 – 2013, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Is It true? Samsung’s Q2 2013 shows investors value analysis over record profit

Though Samsung’s financial quarter announcements this week showed the company to be kicking up a storm (metaphorically, of course), with the Galaxy S 4 family of devices on the market today, shares fell internationally at word that analysis projections were not met. This sort of thing isn’t unheard of, but to the lay person, it’s not the easiest thing to make simple sense of. Why, if Samsung’s quarterly profits are up 47% compared to this quarter last year, are investors spooked enough to kick down shares 4% in the Seoul stock market?

You’ll find The Guardian quoting analyst CW Chung from Nomura Financial Investment in Seoul speaking on how “because of the marketing costs, the telecommunications business was probably weaker than expected.” Meanwhile Bloomberg quotes analyst Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics saying “Apple is suffering from iPhone fatigue, while Samsung is suffering from Galaxy fatigue.” The latter quote was issued before earnings were sent out publicly by Samsung while the same source has Byun Han Joon, a Seoul-based analyst at KB Investment & Securities Co., speaking after the fact: “It sharply missed the market expectation, and that worries me. The market was initially concerned about the third- and fourth-quarter results, but today’s news raises questions if the earnings are already in bad shape.” – Byun Han Joon This analyst speaks on the idea that what Bloomberg quotes as a “58.6 trillion-won average of 38 estimates” as concerning when compared to Samsung’s actual sales at 57 trillion won in this most recent quarterly results report. Estimates appear more important right this minute than the fact that sales ramped up from 47.6 trillion won this same quarter a year earlier – that’s no bump to scoff at. And know this – final results haven’t even been announced yet in full. Today’s report from Samsung is only a preliminary report on their full financial Q2 2013 results which will be announced on July 26th. It would seem instead that the company is only preparing the world for their full report which will appear on July 26th. You’ll find more information on what Samsung spent is money on this newest quarter in SlashGear’s first story on the company’s day, there speaking more on the stock drop when it was just 3% where here final numbers for the day set stock at 4% lower than at the beginning of the day. There is indeed a supposed “slow down” that could be attributed to smartphone fatigue. Samsung’s mobile business continues to grow, but down to 4-percent above the quarter before this one rather than the 8-percent of that quarter compared to the one before it. Samsung will be kicking out somewhere around 20 million Galaxy S 4 unit sales with 100 million units being eyed for the all-time unit sales record – eventually, that is. And it’s Jung Sang-jin, a fund manager at Dongbu Asset Management, (owner of Samsung shares) quoted by Reuters, that puts the situation in a rather clear light: “Is Samsung’s smartphone story now over? Not quite yet. It’s growth is indeed slowing due largely to disappointing sales of the S4. Yet I think Samsung has some exciting stuff up its sleeves. The problem is no one is sure whether these products can really wow investors and consumers.” – Jung Sang-jin Encouraging enough for you? We’ll see how the market reacts when Samsung actually truly does announce their real final numbers later this month. Samsung’s Q2 2013 shows investors value analysis over record profit is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 – 2013, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Is It true? Evernote for Windows Touch scores several new features, Business support

Evernote has announced an update to its Windows Touch app, something that brings users a variety of new features, as well as newly added Evernote Business support. The changes are immediately notable due to a new hub page, which is designed to offer users the “core navigation items” and various content from their account that is most commonly needed.

The new hub page features a variety of options, among them being new note options: the ability to create a new text note, kick things off via a file attachment, or create a new snapshot. The hub will also make it easier to get to shortcuts by listing them together under the “Shortcuts” category, which you can see in the screenshot above. These shortcuts first have to be made in Evernote, whether it is the Windows Touch app or a different variety. Recent activity is also displayed on the new hub page, which includes Business notebooks and updates that have been shared in recent times. Notes are displayed, with the order in which they show up depending on the users. Notes can be ordered so that the most recent appear, for example, allowing for customization based on personal needs and preferences. And finally, as far as the hub page goes, there’s the ability to choose a tag in order to see the notes associated with it, as well as notebooks, with some of them being listed on the hub and users being able to go directly to them by tapping. This applies to Evernote Business notebooks as well, which leads to the last feature addition: support for Evernote Business. With the new support, those who use Evernote Business can do so from the Windows Touch app, having access to their Business library. The content from the Business library is distinguished from regular notebooks using color codes. From there, the changes are more minor, such as the ability to convert a note into plain text by removing the formatting. Evernote doesn’t detail these smaller changes, but stresses that, overall, this update is a “major” one. SOURCE: Evernote Evernote for Windows Touch scores several new features, Business support is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 – 2013, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Is It true? Instagram for iOS app updated with landscape mode and more

Instagram is wildly popular, but has notably lacked a few features that users have been asking for. Today, the company updated its app for iOS, adding a couple of those much-requested features, perhaps the best being the addition of landscape mode, allowing users to flip their smartphone in a horizontal orientation when desired.

The new support for landscape mode works for both recording videos and taking images, being more relevant to the former, the launch of which had produced a fair bit of criticism and issues related to the lack of horizontal orientation support. As The Next Web notes, this feature had originally been intended to launch with it, but there was a problem with the recorded videos not being flipped along with the changed orientation. Beyond that, the second biggest change with this update is the Cinema stabilization feature being added for the front-facing camera, which we noted above. This feature aims to reduce the shakiness and wobbles that are so common with videos taken with a smartphone. As such, those who record videos of themselves the camera on the front of their phone will benefit from the feature. The video feature for Instagram was announced on June 20 at a Facebook product event, among some other features. The feature allows for 15-seconds of video recording, and offers 15 filters that can be applied in the same way effects are added to photographs. The change log doesn’t specify what the other changes are, aside from “many other improvements and bug fixes.” As such, iOS users might notice some other niggling issues they’ve had being corrected after updating. The app is available now for iOS users over at the App Store, weighing in at 14.5MB in size and being pegged at version 4.0.2. Users will need to be running iOS 5.0 or later. There’s no word on when Android users will also see the feature roll out, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you updated! SOURCE: The Next Web Instagram for iOS app updated with landscape mode and more is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 – 2013, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Is It true? State Department spent over half a million to boost Facebook page “likes”

According to an inspector general’s report, the government spent approximately $630,000 from 2011 through 2012 to increase the number of “likes” the State Department’s Facebook page received. While the initiative was successful, having increased the numbers on the page dramatically, many critics are speaking out against the action, calling it a waste of money.

Before the campaign was started, the total number of Facebook fans on four Bureau of International Information Program Facebook pages totaled about 100,000, a number the State Department considered too low for its intentions. In order to boost the number of likes, the bureau initiated an advertisement and social media program with the intention of increasing the number of likes its accounts collectively had. As a result, the numbers increased to over 2 million “likes” per Facebook page held by the bureau, with the total cost exceeding half a million over a two-year period. Beyond that, the effort also drew a smaller amount of attention to the company’s non-English Facebook pages, having increased the collective numbers from approximately 68,000 to in excess of 450,000. Such likes were achieved via advertising, which is where the funds were used, with the inspector general’s report also indicating the use of photos to garner additional followers. Said the report, which was released in May: “Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as “buying fans” who may have once clicked on an ad or “liked” a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further. Defenders of advertising point to the difficulty of finding a page on Facebook with a general search and the need to use ads to increase visibility.” While there are arguments on both sides, at the end of the day the numbers speak for themselves: the number of “fans” engaging with the four Facebook pages is reported as considerably lower than how many likes each page has. According to the report, the combination of numbers between fan commenting, sharing, and liking amounts to about 2-percent of the page’s total followers. The average status has less than 100 comments, and the average interaction with the pages come in the form of “likes”. SOURCE: The Atlantic State Department spent over half a million to boost Facebook page “likes” is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 – 2013, SlashGear. All right reserved.