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Get to the Point |

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to get to the point in your resume and not make your reader waste a lot of time reading irrelevant information.


Today, I'm going to offer you should No BS resume advice to help you get better results when you send out your resume. There's a lot of pointers I offer about this but today's is something that I was reminded of with a resume. I was reviewing with someone yesterday. The point I want to make is get to the point .
Now, in days of old, when I started in recruiting, we actually read physical documents– – you know, a resume was sent to us on parchment paper with matching envelopes. We can look back at that historic stuff and laugh that it but that's the way it was done. We didn't have the technology we do now.
Now we receive emails of resumes though. No one actually looks at a document .We look at the screenshots. Yesterday, I got a resume from someone that ,as it turns out, fit the role. I was recruiting for. That was the good news. The bad news is I had to go through three or four page downs until I finally got the information. I needed.. Why ?Because this person decided that they want to give me a summary, a synopsis, you know a whole bunch of extraneous summary information that presented a terrible case for the candidacy, but fortunately I got down to the meat of the issue and that is what he had done over the last couple of years and was able to determine that was relevant.
Now if I took me time to read this nonsense, I would have deleted the resumebecause it was a five page resume with the first page and change being this enormous summary.
Why? Get to the point? Just demonstrates your fit for the role? That's your best sales tool if you know what the job is ,demonstrate your fit. Make sure your resume is keyword Laden, specific to the position that is being filled . Now, if you're posting a resume on a job board,it's very different. You want to have lots of keywords in your resume, and,maybe, a synopsis like this can be helpful… but not a page and quarter!
You want to make sure people are reading the meat of your resume in one page down at most so that this way you're not putting them through a bunch of work, and worse, a bunch of stuff that may get them annoyed or distracted tothe point where you cause yourself to be rejected.
I want to make sure you hear that.
You cause yourself to be rejected .
Just get to the information that's relevant,that's going to describe your background most effectively for the position that you're looking for and the role that's being filled this.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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

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