Stupid Resume Mistakes: Focusing on Responsibilities |

Periodically, I do a video about something stupid job hunters do–Stupid interview mistakes, stupid LinkedIn mistakes, stupid branding mistakes. Today, it is stupid resume mistakes!

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, a career and leadership coach, the head
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Stupid resume mistakes. I do this periodically just like I do stupid
interview mistakes, stupid branding mistakes, stupid LinkedIn
mistakes. This one is really dumb and it's the notion of focusing on
responsibilities rather than what you got from doing what you did-- focusing on
the results that you got for the organization. You see, when you focus on
responsibilities, like back in the Stone. Ages when I began in recruiting, back
in the early 1970s, (yeah, tell us what it was like grandpa. Oh it was really
primitive back then. You actually used a typewriter) and you would talk about
the role, responsibilities, and "I was responsible for" and you didn't really
talk about what the outcomes were that someone got. You might talk about
technology because that mattered and I did a lot of IT recruiting, so role,
responsibilities . . . accomplishments wasn't in the lexicon back in the Stone Ages.
These days, if someone's not including it, it really speaks to a more
junior individual because they don't know how to measure it. When you talk about
your successes, when you talk about the outcomes that you got from your work--
money saved, money earned, think in terms of, if you don't know that
answer, what you're able to do is talk in terms of percentage improvement over
what existed before. So remember, everything is about some sort of outcome,
some sort of thing that you helped someone achieve because, otherwise, just another
jerk, you're just another nothing.
and the result winds up being they don't know how to evaluate you. So
guess what they do with your resume?. DELETE. I'm Jeff Altman and I hope you find
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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