What is your take on qualifications briefs? Are they really better / more useful than resumes? Has anyone used a qualifications brief and gotten job offers?
In an answer to a work / jobs question posted here some time ago (couldn't find it after multiple searches), someone suggested that the OP write up a qualifications brief.
Research online has uncovered information on either dated websites or on websites with little / vague primary content, which makes me wonder how much this format is used.
I've looked at the example briefs provided in the book Don't Use a Resume
, and they all look tedious to read. They are rather similar to this one here
, except that under each heading follows a PARAGRAPH of info, not sentences / phrases listed out, and keywords / key phrases are not always in bold or underlined, so they probably requiring a lot of "digging" on the reader's part.
1) Has anyone used a qualifications brief instead of a resume recently
and with positive results (job offers)? One website in particular said a Q brief is very useful for people who want to transition into a new field -- has this been the case with you?
2) Headhunters / recruiters / HR people / people-with-power-to-hire: since you all are always short on time, wouldn't qualifications briefs be too tiresome for you?
3) Is this sort of style / document more favored in some fields / industries or even in some countries than others? I'm in the USA and never heard of this until I read aforementioned mefi post. Since it's apparently so rare to see one, I worry that were I to send one out to prospective companies and supervisors, they'd be turned off by the weird formatting and all the verbage.
Basically, I'd just like to know if it's advantageous / worth my time to write one.