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Ep 1185 I speak about a mistake almost everyone makes, particularly if they use page headers.

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I want to speak with you about another 1 of those stupid resume mistakes way too many people make so I can try to hate you all from doing it anymore. Now, on your screen, when you type the resume, particularly if you use the page header where you have your contact information on page 1 in an embedded header that’s going to wrap; the same header is going to appear on page 2, 3 etc., or if you use tables or frames or templates that use frames, often, when you send your resume to someone, it doesn’t lay out the same way on their screen as it does on yours.

Why? Different monitor. Different software. Different versions of the software. There are many reasons for it. At the end of the day, your job is to make your resume look good for everyone, not just simply for yourself.

Also, embedded headers (that area where you put your name, address, phone number, email address, stuff like that) when you use embedded headers, sometimes software that used to recontact you in the future (I don’t want to call it an applicant tracking system. Let’s call it a CRM) A CRM may have trouble parsing the information from your resume into their system so that they find it difficult to contact you in the future.

So, my advice, very simply, is to stop using embedded headers. Stop using tables in your resume. Don't use frames. Don't use templates that use frames. Instead, you are so better off, for example, instead of using the template, following the model of the template but just in it freestyle, instead of embedding a header. Just type in on the top of page 1. You don't need to put it on every page because, it's not like the old days, where people actually printed resumes out and they could lose a page. They had to staple the resume immediately or they could lose the page. Then they wouldn't know “where is page to of his resume!”

So, just, very simply, remember, other people use different monitors, different versions of the software that can figure your resume differently. Then, it looks awful and they take it out on you because, suddenly, they’ve got work to do on the resume and often say, “screw it. I’m just going to delete it.”


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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