Who do you work for and alphabet soup????
We live in a world of acronyms – take the innocent looking letters FSA. Any banker will tell you that the letters are for the Financial Services Authority but your local restaurateur will know that the letters are for the Food Standards Agency. Both would be right. In the USA there are no less than 4 Government agencies who use the letters FSA.
Outside Government these letters could stand for the Footbaall Supporters’ Association; Full Speed Ahead (a bike components manufacturer); The Fire and Security Association; The Foundation for Sports and the Arts; Findlay Steele Associates, and there are many more. That was just from Google’s first two pages. In fact Findlay Steele’s web page even helpfully explains first what they are not (swine flu advice) before having to explain what they actually do.
Unless you work for Microsoft or some similar well known company do not let your recruiter have to work hard to find out who you work or have worked for.
As I have written in an earlier post each job you have had must be put into context, i.e. against the nature – size, industry, markets etc – of your employer.
So here are the rules to follow:
- Do not assume the reader will know
- Give a short para about the employer – ABC (Alan Brown Corp) design, manufacture and sell widgets to the global aerospace (civil and defence) industry. Turnover last year was £3bn. This is only an example you can give detail about numbers of employees for example but it sets the scene. Most importantly though…..
- Put in a weblink www.abc-widgets.com