The "Document" Test
The "Document" Test
  • Young-Chan Choi
  • 승인 2007.06.12 10:37
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 "I was born in Daegu in 1980 and raised there in a God-blessed family surrounded by my parents' love. The eldest of three children, I am always positive, sociable, and reliable........................blah, blah, blah."
 Why, do I fail the document test over and over again? I hand over my resume and C.V. to many different companies; why can't I get any response from them? …Why? Why? Why? This is the question frequently asked on the Freeboard of Yeungnam University's homepage.
 During the recruiting season, every senior is applying to his or her chosen companies, but they often fail to pass the document test. Then, they think that they need a better TOEIC-score, better grades, or they even believe that they are being discriminated against for having attended a local university and not a university in Seoul. Is it true that all of the people who passed the document test have a high TOEIC-score, high grades, and have graduated from a university in Seoul? - I don't think so!
  I'm ashamed to show my resume and C.V to people I know. Although we show our resumes and C.V.s to interviewers who don't know us, we can't show our friends because our documents contain our TOEIC-scores, grades, and other private information.

  It is difficult to get sincere feedback from others after you have failed the document test. Therefore, for applicants like me, I wanted to ask the specialists for advice about the ways to pass the test. The following are some of the opinions I found:

  The right photo.
  The most important thing in the resume is the photo. Don't use a photo which, because of a lack of make-up, dyed hair, or too much Photoshop-processing, will not match your present appearance. A photo of yourself wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt or a sweater is not good because it may not fit the season in which you are applying for the job. A suit, which can be worn during all seasons, is probably the best costume to wear for a photo.

  Don't leave blanks.
 Even though you don't have any specific experience, don't leave the experience section, in your resume or C.V. blank. Do your best to fill in all of the form, even if you duplicate some information. Your hobbies and interests should be exotic. Don't write, "reading," "watching movies," or "football;" these are too common.

  Your C.V. is not your biography.
 If a human resource manager reads more than three lines in your C.V., you have succeeded! Make a headline which represents you clearly and make a point in each category. Short words and sentences can help. An abstract or subjective C.V. with expressions such as, 'I am sociable and I have plenty of friends.......' can give a bad impression to an HR- manager. You should show clearly what you can do, what you will do, and how you will doit.

  Don't bore the HR-manager.
  Guess what the most frequently used word in any C.V. is - it's "I'm". If you have used "I'm" more than five times, write your C.V again. Though some of your points have the same meaning, please express them through a variety of words and sentences. Park Jung-min, chief of the MEDCS, said, "It is wrong to think the interviewers will not read your resume or C.V. A good resume and C.V. are the most important factors in getting a job."
   Kim Jung-min of CJ Media's HRM-department said, "There isn't a formula for resumes and C.V.s but there are such things as good resumes and C.V.s. According to special recruiting consultants, when the market-condition is good, companies will choose exotic C.V.s, but when the market-condition is not so good, companies will choose stereotypical C.V.s. Furthermore, all HR-managers like a C.V. which is strong and short; where the impression is made within the first ten lines. They judge the C.V. within 30 seconds."

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