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Diplocon was founded to provide resources for people seeking jobs providing construction services to the Diplomatic Community. While continuing to do so, it has also evolved into a nexus for employment professionals and consultants, job seekers interested in employment OCONUS (Outside CONtinental United States) in any field, and people already OCONUS whether working in the diplomatic realm, construction, maintenance, and support of diplomatic facilities, or in other professions and roles.

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Jun
20

Do you really know what a resume is?

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A resume is a sales pitch, an advertisement. As a job seeker, you are peddling a product – you, the answer to the employer’s needs. The sole purpose of producing and submitting a resume is to get you an interview for your targeted position. As a good sales letter, your resume must tell the truth, and in a way that highlights you as the best product/candidate.  

Convention and necessity require that a resume for a domestic job is short, usually only one page. For overseas jobs, based largely on what they see initially in your resume, their company may be paying expenses to fly you to their office for an interview so the hiring manager may want to know more about you before initiating return contact. Keep in mind that the company will be investing thousands of dollars and many hours of work in you before you begin your first day on the job. They may want more information up front than a domestic employer might so don’t be afraid to let your resume be two or so pages long. Just be sure to get all the critical information on the first page, and in a way that attracts the reader’s eye. 

Never think of a resume as just a short version of your life story. Keep it pertinent. However, if you have interests or a hobby that might keep you entertained during an assignment in a harsh environment and therefore be good for your morale, it is worth mentioning toward the end of the resume. 

If you have a security clearance, and are applying for a cleared job, state it near the top of the first page, and prominently in your cover letter. 

Don’t state your work objective to be something like “seeking a challenge” or “seeking to better myself” or any other such nonsense. You are seeking a job that you are already qualified to perform. The employer doesn’t want to have to provide you with brain teasers, or, teach you to do your job. They want someone that is ready to make them money (remember the part where they will be investing thousands to get your boots or sneakers on the ground overseas?). Tell them how you will help them as soon as your feet hit the ground. 

Use as many action words as you can in describing your past job performance. Use quantities when possible. For example; “At XXX Corporation, helped improve production” becomes “At XXX Corporation, provided process improvements to accomplish 30% better production”. 

Don’t include references unless specified in a job announcement. These are usually hand carried to the interview. Make sure your references are valid and verifiable. The hiring manager will check. Use references that are in your line of work if feasible- remember, keep it pertinent. 

When you have completed your resume, check it thoroughly for spelling and grammatical accuracy. Have someone else proofread it. Read it out loud to ascertain impact. Submit it only after you are sure it is the best it can be. 

Diplocon consultants will produce an effective resume for you to send to your target employers for $79 ($99 with a cover letter). To get us started helping you to find your dream job traveling the world (or working in the USA if you need a custom resume for work there), email mailto:customerservice@diplocon.com and we will reply with an intake questionnaire for you to complete and return. 

We have complete job search packages available for all needs and budgets. 

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May
16

Resume Blasters

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With the Internet, anyone can surf around online and look for overseas jobs – and a lot of people are. There are even resume “blasters” that will be glad to take your money to send your resume out to “hundreds” of “employers”. In fact, before I became established in overseas work, I tried a resume blasting “service”. I did not receive a single viable response, but did receive resumes from other job seekers. The blaster simply sent the resumes of each submitter to other submitters via an autoresponder! That cost me $750 and a good chunk of wasted time. It was a big mistake on several levels, and one you should avoid. (Tip – learn about the company you want to work for, and subtly work that knowledge into your cover letter and the Objectives paragraph of your resume. Always tailor your resume to the specific position, employer and, if feasible, specific recipient. Having your resume put in front of the wrong person and/or wrong employer can be a waste of your time and hers and could even be counter-productive in the long run). I would hope that modern resume blasters are more ethical and effective than the one that ripped me off years ago. If you decide to try one, ensure you get the important info about you and the position you are seeking in the first few sentences of your cover letter/resume so that electronic reader/sorters can separate your submission from the thousands of others that are being randomly blasted around cyberspace. Really, the best bet is to know who to and where to send your job search packet – especially since a resume, by design, has some personal information you may not want to have fall into the wrong hands.