Stupid Resume Mistakes: Your Resume Looks Like a Diner Menu |

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

When you apply for a job, you don’t want your resume to look like a diner menu. Here’s what I mean.

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If you apply for a job, what you’re doing is responding to something that indicates that this is what they’re looking for. The mistake I want to call attention to is how many of you wind up having resumes that look like a diner menu. If you remember what a diner menu is, it’s 10 pages long, it has hundreds of things on every page. And a lot of you do that with your resume.

You talk about everything that you’ve done, including a lot of irrelevant stuff that you did in your last job, rather than demonstrating how your background can solve their problem. I’m not saying to take everything off, but I want you to minimize the irrelevant material, and emphasize what matters to them. After all, if you go to a French restaurant, what you care about is the escargot. You care about the entree, you care about different things about the menu. You don’t really care about the stuff that might be from Chinese cuisine, or Indonesian cuisine. You care about the the items that relate to what you came there to dine on. Same thing for them.

They want to see how you can solve their problem. Don’t create a diner menu, except for when you’re posting it on a job board. There, it’s fine. You want to draw people to you and let them ask you questions. But they’re not going to do that when you apply. Make the fit obvious in six seconds so it’s elevated in the resume, and they can see clearly how much you’ve done that relates to what they care about.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff 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, 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 over 2400 episodes.

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