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Students: Why You Should Use Google Docs for Your Resume | JobSearchTV.com


Students, graduates, here’s a great reason to use Google Docs to submit your resume.

Summary

Now, I want to talk with you . . . you are a student, you'll be looking for work, and there's one bind that you have. And the bind is when you send out a resume, if you send that as an attachment, well, you're going to be updating your resume pretty regularly. Like there are new things that are going to happen, you're going to think of making changes. you're not a resume writer for a living, right?
So, what's going to happen is, you're going to send that your resume, and then you're going to make a change. And I know you're not going to send out your resume to me when you sent it to before. You don't want to look like a pain in the butt, right? So here's what I want to suggest that you do.
If you're a student graduating, you're looking for work, I do want you to attach your resume. But at the top of the resume, I want you to put this phrase, right, for the most up to date resume, click this link. And what you do is you connect the link to a file on Google Docs, where your most up to date resume is.
This way, if a recruiter is coming back, and you know wants to see the most recent resume, he or she is waiting for you to send it to them, it's there automatically for them. And you're not having to do this repeatedly. It's a smart little tactic. It'll wind up helping you tremendously, because, again, you don't write resumes for a living; I critique them. I see where all the mistakes are. I fix them for people-- for beginners, for experienced people, all alike and, thus, by having that link at the top of your resume, (Put it underneath, name, address and that sort of thing. By the way, put your name, address, zip code there. Don't avoid the zip code thing and, minimally, put city state zip there). In this way, for recruiters searching in their database, what you'll be able to do is very simply, they do the search by where you are, not just simply the skill. So, you want to be able to do a search. They want to be able to do a search and they have to do by zip code.
So, normally city, state and zip and then, underneath it, a link to it with a note that says, "for my most up to date resume, click this link." It'll take them to the Google Doc for the most current resume.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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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 BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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How to Fix The Hole in Your Résumé | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman Identifies the hole in most people’s resume and how easy it is to fix it.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about the gap in your resume. That’s a term that someone used recently in an article I picked up. It is a wonderful description for the mistake that people making with their resumes.

Most of the time when I'm looking at resumes, I'm looking at a person their education, their skills, their role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if they are in IT, the technology that they used. That's great it. But, here’s the mistake people make.

What did all of this accomplish? That tends to be missing in the resume. As the article , presented it's kind of like you dig a 3 foot hole; you stand there admiring the hole. What was the point that hole? What to do for you?

I’m not trying to make fun of ditch diggers or people who dig holes in the ground, but, unless I know what the purpose was, all I know is that you dug a hole.

You have to always contextualize what you've done in your resume in terms that that the next firm, that next hiring manager, your next boss is going to be impressed with. So, the easiest way is to think is in terms of money saved, money earned, sales generated… things along those lines.

If what you did was part of a project that generated $1 billion in sales, do you think that's more impressive than talking about your small part of it?

So, contextualize everything you've done in terms of that will be understood by the next organization. Otherwise, all you're doing is talk about how you built a wonderful hole in the ground and not really telling anyone what the purpose of that hole.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 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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How Long Does It Take To Screen Resumes?

More Advice About Resumes That Get Results | TheBigGameHunterTV

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers more advice for creating resumes that get results.

Summary

Hi! This is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. Today, I'm going to give you some more no BS resume advice.

Let me start by asking, "Do you like receiving spam?" You know,, all that garbage that we receive in email, thousands of messages that only waste our time.It's ridiculous. I don't like receiving it anymore than you do, but most people are too lazy to tailor their resume to fit the position they are submitting it for. Instead, people flip their resumes as though they are burgers at a fast food restaurant over and over again. They are spamming the resumes and it is a colossal waste of time.

I don't know about you, but I am reading 300 resumes a day. .. I don't have a lot of time to waste. My clients are asking me to find people with specific backgrounds. If you think I'm going to call up 300 people in ask, "Hi! Have you done this? Have you done this? Have you done that,"I am not. I don't have the time.

Do the math on my schedule. On a light day, I'm reviewing 150 resumes plus emails, following up on job interviews from hiring managers trying to follow up on people that they have interviewed and trying to learn more about them. There is a lot of work that I do. I don't have time for this.

What I think you will find is that if you take the time to tailor your resume to demonstrate your fit for the job requirement that you are applying for, you are going to get a lot more results.

You may say, "I don't really know a lot about the job. I need to know more in order to tailor it."

Bull.

You have a job description that you submitted your resume for. You saw something on the web that prompted you to send your resume. You didn't just gratuitously send it, did you? Tailor your resume. Use the keywords that you saw in the job description in order to tailor it.

I'm telling you that you are going to get your results. You're not going to waste people's time. If you don't think your resume fits, you can politely send your resume and say, "I saw this job. I don't think I'm perfect for it. This is where my `fits the role. This is where I am not sure."

If you just want to send resumes to people who are in your area (Who are recruiting for positions that are like the work that you do--For example, if you are an engineer of a specific type. I can go through the 20 different types of engineering backgrounds that you might have) and you are seeing a job description and want to put your resume into a recruiters hands, send it but in the subject line, put the phrase, "on spec." Don't just simply submitted for the job And waste people's time. If you do that With most corporations, do you think you're going to get results?I don't.

If you do that with third-party recruiters, all that is going to happen is that they are going to hit the delete key or Import it into their database.

My advice for today is to tailor your resume. Make the fit obvious. Pretend that a 4-year-old is going to read the resume because, Frankly, there are a lot of recruiters who have the experience of 4-year-olds and not much more. Do that and you will get results.

ABOUT 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, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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Explaining Employment Gaps in Your Résumé (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to explain how to discuss the gap in your employment history.

Summary

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Today, let's talk about how to deal with that gap in your resume . . . You know, that time in your background were took you 5 months, 8 months, 7 months . . . whatever it is to find a new position 3 years ago. How do you deal with that interruption your experience?

Some people have this silly idea that they are supposed to lie and cover it up. I must in all honesty tell you it doesn't work anymore. Employers are cooperating with one another and do background checks post-employment (after you join their firm). They will send a note to your previous employer and say, "So, Jane told us in their application that you work for your firm for such and such period of time. Does that seem somewhat accurate?" If they find inconsistency in your job application, it is grounds for termination. They can't keep you on board because, frankly, lying can get them into trouble.

Imagine for a 2nd that you are employed by them and commit some sort of crime. For example, you work on Wall Street and trade grandma's life savings down to zero. Can you imagine what happens when a lawyer gets a hold of the firm and asks, "you knew he lied on his employment application and you still kept them on board!" How do you think that would play out in the courts?

Employers have a very simple policy. They will terminate you. They will terminate you without any warning whatsoever. What they will do is meet you at your desk with security and hand you a box with your personal things and send you on your way. You don't want that to happen. Here's how you deal with it.

When you have a gap in your background, you use the cover email that you send your resume in (these are like the old cover letteyrs people use to mail the resume with. Today, that is the message area of your email) to sell yourself.

You might write in the cover email, "I'm forwarding my resume to you because I was recommended by so-and-so, you told me that your position for such and such." Or, you might say, "I saw your ad on such and such site that told me that you trying to hire such and such type of person. "

The 2nd paragraph my talk about your qualifications and how your background fits the role. The 3rd 1 might say something like, "you may notice my job history that for years ago I was unemployed for 6 months. During that time, the on the economy was terrible and they found it difficult to find work. Ultimately, I was able to land a job with another organization. "

Or, you might just simply say, "I had an injury at that time. I was in a car accident and had surgery. It was impossible for me to work." Or you might talk about how you assisted your dying mom during the last 6 months of her life. These are pretty common stories that employer hears.

Another one that they here is, "I took a package to leave my organization. I decided that I had not had a lengthy vacation since I was in college and decide to take 4 months to travel in China before coming back and resuming my career." What ever it is, do that in the 3rd paragraph and then come back and sell yourself in the remainder of the cover email.

This is the easiest way to deal with the gap in your background. Then, you have to remember what you told them in your email. So when you meet with them in person and raise the subject, they are looking for consistency. Thus, if you talk about that vacation that you took, you say, "I know a lot of people would find it difficult to believe, it was 1 of the great 4 months of my life. I love my work, but it was an opportunity to travel. I had money in the bank and decide to take advantage of this time." You just speak to them in a way that sounds absolutely sincere.

This is the easiest way to deal with the gap in the background.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

More Advice About Resumes That Get Results (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers more advice for creating resumes that get results.

Summary

Today, I'm going to give you a little bit more, no BS resume advice.

Let me start by asking, "do you enjoy receiving spam?" You know, all that garbage will receive an email… Thousands and thousands of pieces of garbage that waste our time. It's ridiculous!

I don't like receiving it anymore than you do but most people are too lazy to tailor their resume to demonstrate how they fit the job that they are submitting their resume for. Instead, they flip their resumes like they are burgers at a fast food restaurant. Over and over again, they are spamming resumes that are a colossal waste of time. I don't know about you, but when I was doing recruiting, I was reading 300 resumes a day! I don't have a lot of time to waste..

My clients were asking me to find people with specific backgrounds. If you're thinking I'm going to call 300 people and asked them, "Have you done this? Have you done that?" I'm not. I don't have the time.

Do the math on my schedule. On a light day, I'm receiving 150 resumes plus lots of emails, following up on interviews from hiring managers trying to find out more about people that they have been interviewing. There's a lot of work that I do and I just don't have the time.

I think what you'll find is if you tell your resume to demonstrate the fit that your experience has with the job requirement, you are going to get a lot more results.

You may say, "I don't really know a lot about the job. I need to know more in order to tailor it."

Bull. What you have is a job description, you saw something on the web that prompted you to send your resume, you just didn't gratuitously send it, right? Tailor your resume. Use the keywords to tailor your resume. I'm telling you, you're going to get results. You are not going to waste people's time.

If you are not sure if your background fits, you can politely send your resume, saying, "I saw this job. I'm not sure if my background is perfect for it. This is what my background has that fits it. This is where I am not sure."

If you just want to send resumes to people who are in your area (by that I mean, people who are recruiting for positions in the field that you work in), you seen a job description and want to put a resume in a recruiter's hands, in the subject line, put the phrase "On Spec." Don't just simply submitted as though your background fits the particular job. If you do, all you're doing is wasting people's time.

If you do that with corporations, do you think you are going to get results? I don't. If you do that with third-party recruiters, all that, they will probably do is hit the delete key or imported into their database. Come on! Save us all some time.

My advice for today is to tailor your resume. Make the fit obvious. Pretend that a 4-year-old is going to read your resume (Frankly, there are a lot of recruiters who have the experience of 4-year-olds). Do that and you're going to get more results.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Avoid Submitting Your Résumé Directly to an Employer (VIDEO)

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter examines why you should be very very VERY reluctant to submit your résumé directly to an employer.

Summary

Today I want to talk with you about why you should be very, very, very reticent . . . Very careful about submitting your resume directly to an employer.

Let me be blunt with you and just say that some employers are excellent and their HR departments are fabulous. I used to work with a number of clients where the HR people were phenomenal. They really knew what they were doing and were quite competent and capable. They were the exceptions. So let's get through the meat grinder of submitting a resume for a second.

1st of all understand that most employers, certainly at the major firms are required to track your resume from beginning to end. That sounds good but they are really tracking it for the US government in order to ensure that they are not biased in some way or discriminating in some way. It is not really about you, your resume or your skills. It's about checking a box off for the US federal government.

So when you submit a resume and apply for jobs through an applicant tracking system, what often happens is you need to do repetitive data entry, you'll upload a resume and then ask yourself, "Who's gonna be looking at this resume?" Initially, do you think it's the manager? Do you think it's really 1 of these capable recruiters? Sometimes it is but most of the time it isn't.

What often happens is the most junior individual the department, sometimes administrative assistant is visually scanning resumes that come through the systems. Often, this person does really know what they're looking for. The result is that unless you have every single keyword in your resume, unless you are doing the exact work that is being looked for, this individual is reluctant to pass your resume on.

Why? Frankly, is because they don't want to get into trouble. In addition, some of the systems try to parse resumes and use formulas to identify whether the experience than are looking for is high enough up in your resume to demonstrate the probability that you fit what they're trying to hire. Thus, algorithms are causing people to be rejected. 1 of the great sins of the technology right now is that software is being used to shoot people down, rather than to screen people in.

If you get stuck in the factory that is the HR technology system, most of the time you're going to get rejected. What you want to be doing is finding your way to a recruiter like I used to be who is quite capable and actually has a relationship with the client who can actually get you in the door with their client IF YOU HAVE THE SKILLS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR and has a resume that can demonstrate it OR you want to work with some of your contacts in order to ensure that they provide an introduction for you.

You don't want to get caught up in the "factory." The factory is there, not to find people, but to reject them.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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Resumes When You Have Little or No Experience | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to write a resume when you have little experience or no experience.

Summary

It's not like your job experience is going to sell you. What is going to sell you is going to be your education. That assumes that you have a college degree. Let me kind of walk you through it.

The heading of your resume. Your name in 14 point boldface type. Skip a line. But your address (Street address, city state, ZIP Code), email address. Don't have a stupid email address. There have a professional one. If you have a stupid one, get a new one. But then Ford all your messages from that address to your dumb address.

Skip a line. I don't believe in objectives. I would rather have you use a cover letter instead. Instead of using a cover letter is an attachment, just put it into the body of an email. What would've been a cover letter, when you send that out, just use that cover email.

Education. Again, 14 point bold. Flush left. Underneath that, when you go to school? Where is it located? What year did you graduate. That takes up 2 lines. Boldface. Figure you using 12 point type along the way.. Underneath it you want to have relevant coursework. What you're trying to do is to fill up the page with as much information as possible so that there is information that an employer might care about.

Understand, there are probably going to ask questions about the courses and you're going to need to be able to talk about that. But at the end of the day, then you need to be able to talk about your coursework. Because your jobs are going to be able to sell you.

If you have good internships,, following your education, you talk about your internships. In this way, there is information about them. Where did you intern? What did you do? It could be the name of the company,, where it is located. Off to the side, dates that you work there. From there you put down what you did as part of your internships.

Did you work for a well-known company? Terrific! That's a great internship. Work for well-known company and did something really interesting? Describe that interesting stuff underneath. You'll need to be prepared in your interviews to answer the question, "Why did that firm offer you a job after you graduated?" It could just be something as simple as business turned sour and they didn't take on the interns from my class. Or, they only chose two of the 22. I wasn't 1 of the 2. I was number 4. Recognize that that will be 1 of the follow-up questions that they will ask.

Then, if you have actual jobs underneath their. You put the word, "EMPLOYMENT" off to the side. INTERNSHIPS. Just like you did with EDUCATION. From there, you talk about the jobs that you had.

I'll be blunt with you. Most of the jobs that you have had, most of the jobs I see entry-level people have are awful. No one cares about what you did?

You worked in a bowling alley. Who cares? It's not likely to be getting a job at a bowling alley the next time through. You worked as a cashier at a pool place. Who cares? As a result, you might just simply say, "While attending school, I worked for so-and-so and so-and-so doing such and such type of work." If you want you can walk them through what you did. It is not confined to potentially relevant to what I am doing professionally.

I'm at the point in my career were think you can be that one in writing it because it is true. No one cares. All they do is roll their eyes up and think to themselves, "Oh! Another cashier." "Oh. Another person worked in a bowling alley." Whatever it is, no one cares. What they really care about is what you learned in school and the internships that you had that are relevant. If you are in your final year and playing catch-up,, the fact of the matter is, you blew it. Now you really have to go out there and hustle. This is the best format of resume. You have to play up your education very heavily. Even go so far as the talk about some of the course material that was covered in your resume in order to be attractive.

Again, if you think you are going to be hired because you work that that bowling alley, pool place or fast food restaurant, unless you will be going to work another bowling alley, pool place or fast food restaurant, you are WRONG.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Resume Pet Peeves

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers effective resume advice that will keep you from annoying the people screening your resume. No jokes. No B.S..

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about 2 of my resume pet peeves. The 1st 1 is embedding your contact information into the header of your resume. I'm not speaking about not having it there; I'm talking about using the embedding feature in Microsoft Word to place your contact information. The 2nd peeve is separating your phone number from your resume. It's all part of the same thing.

As someone who was a recruiter for many years, whether I speak as a third-party recruiter or as a corporate recruiter, we are all using parsing software. After all, did you really think we were really typing your resume to get them into our database? Of course not. 1 of the things that embedding your contact information into your resume may do is cause someone to need to manually parse that information. That is, open up the embedded header, , close it, paste, select all, copy, paste… Come on! Be considerate! You may think it looks good but it is a pain in the rear!

Same thing with separating the phone number. I just saw a resume a few minutes ago. The person puts the name and email address on the resume. I then have to go find where they put their phone number and if they provide me with the phone number. I found in the message area of, their email. Okay. They provided it. By then have to copy it into the resume or copied into my database. It doesn't sound like much but I'm reading 300 resumes a day! HELP ME HELP YOU!

I'm selling for 11. I'm trying to help a lot of people who are out of work find work. I'm trying out my clients find people to hire. It's a pain in the rear! Make it easy it easy for all of us and stop doing the stupid little things that waste people's time.

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What Makes A Great Resume? (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers concise advice about what goes into a great resume.

Advice about writing a great resume

Summary

Today, I want to tell you story about something that happened to me at a barbecue recently. Someone walked over and asked me a question that, I think, is pretty common for people to ask. The question was, "What should we resume look like? What kind of fun. Should I have? What sort of layout should it have designed to get maximum results?"

I looked at the person and said, "Instead of worrying about the fonts and the layout, try actually sending a resume that fits the job, instead of sending out the same resume to every ad that you see. "

The person pause for a second and asked quizzically, "What do you mean?"

I said, "People tend to send out the same resume over and over again, time after time, as though it is the same job that they are applying to when, in point of fact, position descriptions can be a little bit different. As such, is like the broken watch that is right twice a day. Twice a day gives you the right time with the rest of the time it's wrong. It is the same thing if you send out a standard resume. Infrequently, it will give you responses and interviews. What about all those other times when you think you're qualified and the standard resume that you send out doesn't make a strong enough case? "

"What you need to do is tailor the resume. Taylor and so it is obvious to the reader how you fit the job. Otherwise, you're going to miss out on opportunities that you are qualified for and interested in. Opportunities were you do have the skills, really do have the experience, but, unfortunately, your resume doesn't make a strong enough case."

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”