Stupid Resume Mistakes: The Resume That Is Too Long |

EP 1255 I discuss one of the stupid resume mistakes too many job hunters make – – the resume that is too long.

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Let's look today atanother one of those stupid resume mistakes job hunters make. that mistake-- the resume that is way long.
Resumes get way too long for two reasons. Number one is you're an old guy like me. You may be just someone who's been in their career for way too long and you're putting everything you've ever done in your resume. Now, I'll give myself as an example.
I'm in my mid 60s. I started in my field in 1972. Now, I imagine for a second I started putting stuff in from 1972 that when I was a beginner recruiter. Do you think anyone really cares? Even the searches were different. And I spent a lot of time in technology, too. Do you think anyone cares that I did searches for Autocoder professionals in 1972? Of course, not. You've got your version of that, too, and no one cares about stuff that you did when Richard Nixon was President of the United States. So that's one reason it gets to long.
Another reason is you've been a consultant or a temp and you put every assignment that you've ever done from the beginning of all time to today and you think people are going to hire you based upon stuff that you did 15 or 20 years ago. It doesn't work that way,does it? When was the last time you got an invitation for an assignment based upon stuff you did 20 years ago?
So you can start dropping this stuff off your resume. You can mention it in passing. For example, for someone like me who' was in search for as long asI was in search, you know, you can start putting things like "Prior experience was with . . . Where I did . . . " then,you list the names of the firms where you did and you describe briefly, one sentence, two tops, what you did back in The Stone Ages. The Stone Ages are exactly that – –primitive experience that you had early in your career that no one cares about inany detail and, if they do, they'll raise it as a subject.But if someone wants to interview you for stuff that you did 40 years ago, why would you want that job anyway?


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