Armageddon Resume & Bio-Flyer
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The Armageddon Resumeand The Bio-Flyer
Donald BurnsResume Writer and Executive Career Coach
Thursday, 17 October, 2013
DISCLAIMER: Some of the tactics and styles presented here are not acceptable for “normal” careers. These examples apply to people who are so far “off the charts” they’ve got nothing to lose by creatively breaking the rules
The Armageddon Resume and theBio-Flyer – Signs of the Times!
People who retired before the 2008 crash – now they’re running out $ and want their old jobs back
People who succeeded so well in boom years that a resume can’t capture their busy careers
People who dropped out of workforce for personal health or family problems
People with marketable skills – pushed into early retirement – looking for consulting gigs
Part 1: The Armageddon Resume
Ar·ma·ged·don [ahr-muh-ged-n] noun:
1.The place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil (probably so called in reference to the battlefield of Megiddo. Rev. 16:16).
2.The end of the world
For some people, the post-2008 economy feels likeArmageddon – the end of the world for their careers
Client Story: A Near Death Experience
Story: An extremely successful financier. Whiz-kid investment banker & bond trader. Working around the clock. Apparently in great physical shape; but starts losing energy and, one day, just collapses …
• No bites and nothing seems to be working.
Resume overview – an extreme situation:
• Out of work 6 years
• Nothing to lose by trying a bold approach
Headline – attacks the problem head-on:
Personal Story: Direct, Slightly Humorous, and Upbeat
Prerequisite for an Armageddon Story: It must Have a Happy Ending!
Sample resume, second page: Business as usual
We’ll revisit Armageddon Resume In a few minutes– we’ll do one together, starting from scratch
Part 2: The Bio-Flyer
Last example was an extreme case.It starts off dark, but has a happy ending
Bio-flyer also addresses unusual cases – similar idea as Armageddon – but
without the drama and the dire circumstances.
Headline & Subheads Compelling Story Bio / Resume Style Photo or graphic Uses: Severe hiring
issues – returning to work after a long gap
Headline & Subheads Compelling Story Bio / Resume Style Photo or graphic Uses: Board appts.,
multiple career paths, corporate jobs, consulting gigs,marketable skills, 60+
Bio-Flyer, Sample #1,– Several Careers:
• Navy fighter pilot• Options trader• CNBC commentator• Mgmt Consultant• Author• “Informal” layout• Use it for intros like
a big business card
Bio-Flyer, Sample #1 – Great Personal Story
Bio-Flyer, Sample #2,– Sales & Marketing
• Expert on car washes and auto appearance
• 23 years with one firm
• Loves the business – he’s pitching consulting gigs while pursuing fulltime corporate job
• Created his own info product (consulting package) to sell on calls – well received – a galvanizing effect on his job search)
Bio-Flyer Converts Easily to a Resume
First page is the standalone, networking Bio-Flyer page
Second and third pages are the usual “professional experience” section of a standard resume
Bio-Flyer, Sample #3,Convert BF to Resume
Back to the Armageddon Resume.Let’s design one, starting from scratch
Graduated from prestigious schools: Duke B.A. and Georgetown Law
Lifelong involvement: minority-focused non-profits. Honorary leadership role in NAACP. Very politically connected – close connections with Congressional Black Caucus..
Corporate attorney, 20+ years for Nynex/Verizon – managed employee, labor, and, civil rights, and EEO cases. After Verizon, worked for a big D.C. lobbying firm for 10 years.
Signed a 5-year non-compete agreement as part of her separation package from lobbying firm. Now that agreement has expired, she can return to a highly paid lobbyist job. Running out of $$ and needs a job!
PROBLEM: She’s nearly 60 and has not officially “worked” in six years. ACTIVITY: Suggest the “top half” of an Armageddon resume: Give a
possible graphic and a headline for “return to work” after 6-year absence
Client Story – Elinor Lee Jones – Key points
Headline & Graphic
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