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Here are the top 10 mistakes people make with their resume +1 bonus mistake they came to mind as I was recorded.

 

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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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EP 1465. Here are a few of the dumb things that people do with their resumes where people hurt themselves.  All the corrections are easily avoidable 

Summary

Today, I have some of those stupid resume mistakes that way too many people make that I want to intercept you about.

Don't write this enormous 10 page or 5 page resume. No one is going to read it. No one cares about what you did in The Stone Ages. Get concise. Think about what the hiring manager is looking for; focusing on that.

2. There are instructions about how to submit your resume. If they want a PDF, send them a PDF. If they want a Word file, send them one.It's really that simple. Make sure your resume demonstrates a fit for the requirements. So often, the standard generic resume that you are going to be submitting does a poor job of doing that. Laser in. Focus in on what they are looking for. Make sure your resume actually demonstrates the fit. Do this, ideally, within the 1st half to three quarters of the 1st page of the resume.

3. . You have an email address that shows you are a mass murderer. I'm looking to give examples; I'm just going to say that some people's email addresses are insane! Don't have a stupid email address.

4. Another thing people do is write that "References are available upon request." Everyone knows that you are filling space when you put that in the resume and that you are trying to Balance it out. It is better to put 3 lines of information instead of using that stupid statement.

5. The opposite problem is that you actually put references on your resume! Way too often, unfortunately, what you are doing, Especially if you're sending it to a third party recruiter, You are giving them people that they going to try to call and recruit Or trying to get referrals to fill their position. Yes, you may be a potential candidate, but they are trying to fill the job and will feel better if They have 4 candidates to submit. 1 of them may or may not be you and you are giving them leads a people who they might be able to contact.

6. You decided to design your resume in order to make it look HOT! If you are not a designer, you don't really know what you are doing. Don't put a resume in that has different fonts and designs, titles and colors. Stick to a pretty traditional approach with great information in the 1st half to three quarters of the 1st page of your resume. When you're doing design and don't know what you're doing, most of you think you have an artistic quality about you, but you don't. The result is that you look like you are sending a ransom note people. Don't do that. Conversely, I am not a big fan of templates. I know most readers aren't either.There are a lot of things that get embedded in templates, particularly in Word that make a resume look ordinary.Templates are also difficult to parse if the company is in putting it into their applicant tracking system. Resume templates are not ideal because most of them use frames that they could make it difficult to parse and annoying to input into their systems.

7. In addition, if you're not using a template (which I don't want you to do), don't use embedded headers in the resume.

That could include your name, address and phone number or page 2 of 2. Things along those lines. There are a few reasons why. Sometimes, the systems have trouble reading it and when they parse resumes into their ATS, sometimes, the systems have parsing what is in the embedded headers. They are not going to go back manually to rekey it. In other words, you are causing a problem for them for government reporting and for a few other things. If they can't get your resume into their system, they have no way of finding you at a later date if another position opens up. You want to make that part of it easy.

In addition, sometimes when you use embedded headers, things don't line up properly. Suddenly you have page 2 of 2 on the bottom of page 1 because different versions of word lineup differently.
Also, that page 2 of 2 or page 2 of 3, that was a necessity when you are sending paper documents. These days, you are sending everything through email and thus the need to tell them what page it is or that you have a three-page resume isn't necessary anymore. Get rid of that and don't do that silly thing about what page they are on.

The next thing is that sometimes (and this is mostly true for less experienced workers), you feel compelled to list every job that you had and you taken something temporarily at the drycleaner in your neighborhood or at Starbucks and drew his attention away from the last relevant job that you had which is really what they care about. No one cares that during the last 4 months you been working at the drycleaner if you're trying to fill in IT, position or engineering job or something like that. Better than not have it there. Better to have a simple line that says or*next to the date of your most recent relevant work that draws them to words that say, "during the time I've not been working in IT, I've been working a non-IT related function.” Don't list your position at the drycleaner or at the Starbucks.

8. Too much information, particularly personal information. Why would someone put into their resume (I saw this last week) that they are single, married or divorced. I'm going to expand this to include gender, age, race… What have you. Personal statistics like this are difficult for an employer to handle because it puts them at risk for discrimination accusations. Don't put picture on your resume although I know that in some parts of the world that is ideal because you want to show yourself to be a professional looking individual, on a US centric resume, don't have a picture. Don't have intensely personal information there.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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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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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you the biggest mistake job hunters make with their résumé.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about the biggest mistake job hunters make with their resume. There are two versions of it.
The biggest mistake is lying on their resume about their dates of employment. The two variations on this or by omission or commission. Let me start with commission.
Commission. Lying in that way is, shall we say, intentionally being deceptive about dates. Now, this is a huge mistake. I'm going to tell you point blank, firms cooperate with one another. And it's very common for a firm to send a note to your previous employers (And I want to say "employers" because it's not just the most recent one, but the several of them) saying, "We are considering hiring so and so for a position with our firm. He indicated that he worked for your firm from such and such date to such and such date. Does that seem accurate?"
Now, firms these days are telling the truth and I will tell you a point blank, that if a firm finds an inconsistency in your dates of employment, they fire people post-employment. Years ago, there was a person that I was representing who's up for a position with a bank. It was an IT job and I told him point blank, not to lie on his application. That the firm would find out. But did that stop him? No.
He lied on his application. The first Friday after he started work, he's met by security at his desk, handed a box with his personal possessions, then escorted out the door. Do you really want to risk that happening to you?
Now, omission is the situation where you neglect to mention something. So, for example, it's the job that doesn't appear on your resume. It's omitting months on your resume, thinking that if they see, for example, 2009 to 2013 (I'm doing this video in September 2013), their first reaction is to think, "well, maybe s/he lost their job early in the year and doesn't want us to know it."
So, they think January even though you may have actually left your position in August. So, just put the month in there and make it easy on them, so that their minds don't run crazy, and start thinking the worst of you, because frankly, we've all been trained, not just me as a third party recruiter. Corporate recruiters, as well, have been trained to think the worst of job applicants.
Why?
Because, so often, we run into the worst human nature. So make it easy. Don't put yourself in the position of being rejected because someone's screening your resume and thinking the worst of you from their previous experiences. Just lay out the dates include the month.
Now, here's here's one thing to remember. If you're not sure of the month that you joined or left an organization, put the phrase "approx" next to it. In this way, they know you're not absolutely sure.
Now, obviously don't do that with your most recent employer. But I think if someone who has a 20 year career and doesn't remember the exact month they joined 18 years ago some company, you put the phrase "approx" next to the date, particularly if you're doing this on an employment application.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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Ep. 224 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another stupid resume mistake that too many job hunters commit.

Summary

This is 1 of my favorite mistakes people make-- including an objective.

Objectives are a residue from 40 some odd years ago when it was too complicated to type a cover letter.. Why? Because back then, you type in a typewriter, if you made a mistake you used white out (a product that many of you will think, "Huh?? What's that? .. It was a liquid that was designed to allow you to cover up mistakes she could type over them again). It looked real good. When you send a resume (please note losing sarcasm). Copying was not as ubiquitous as it is now. It was expensive to have your cover letter copied. As a result, people opted for an objective on the resume to talk about what they wanted to do for the next organization.

Let's fast-forward to today. The outcome of an objective is to accomplish the same thing. However, when you read them, they say 1 of 2 things – – they are bland and boring. They will say something like, "I want to work for a progressive organization where I can use my talents and grow... On and on and on. The 2nd way they are used makes them very limited. "I am looking for (they describe something very limiting and very specific). As a result, they really had and toss your resume out or deleted because you disqualified yourself because what you described tells them that you would not be interested in the role that they have.

Ditch the objective. Just don't use it. It is a waste of time. It will only hurt you. And accomplishes nothing positive.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Your Resume Interferes with the ATS | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1189 Many people have resume that create conflicts with a company’s applicant tracking system. And you are causing your own problems.

Summary

The long and the short of it is many times a resume winds up in the legendary blackhole and it is your fault. There's a tendency to job hunters have to blame the ATS... And don't get me wrong, there are many instances where it has been program definitely and winds up screaming at people who would be qualified for a role.

Often, the issue is the resume. Here are a few things that people do that interfere with the ATS:

1. Embedded headers. I said that one before, but I'm still getting embedded headers very regularly. They look lovely and that they show up on each successive page is completely irrelevant an unnecessary. That was something that was done in the day when people were printing resumes and they didn't want to lose the order of the resume. They staple them together. No one does that anymore. They are reading them off of the screen. Forget the embedded headers. Just put it on the top of page

2. Another thing that people do that interferes with the applicant tracking system is that they use shading in their resume. The shading looks lovely but the ATS will not be able to read what is within the shading. Not only that, it may outright "cough it up." If you think that anyone will then manually enter your information from the resume, you are sadly mistaken. Your resume is that.

3. If you think lines of the solution, you are also mistaken. Lines are not a solution. If anything, and ATS cannot read the words or lines in proximity to a line unless you've skipped the space. If you do want to use a line, skip a space before and skip a space after. That's also true. If you are using a slash mark (/). You need to put a space before and in the space after which is grammatically incorrect, but it has been submitted to an ATS, he needs to be there. Otherwise, they don't read those characters correctly. If you have a particular skill that is being sought, and you have 5 of the 6 letters to the ATS, you don't have that skill. Avoid slashes, avoid lines, avoid embedded headers, avoid shading.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

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Kill Blocky Resumes! | JobSearchTV.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter gives you some No BS Resume Advice by encouraging you to think of the reader when you write your resume.

Summary

I'm back today with more no BS resume advice to help you develop a better resume, one that is going to get you more results.

I'm sorry I have to do this podcast because some of you just don't get the point. Most of you get right, but a large number of you make a huge mistake that is incredibly annoying.

You write your resume and share it in small print, in ugly fonts, and enormous blocks that are completely unreadable. Understand, all of us who read resumes are reading lots of them. The statistics are that we make decisions, and 6 seconds. Do you know what I do when I get a blocky resume? I hit the delete key. I know a lot of other people do as well.

The reason is that you haven't made it easy for me to find the experience that you have that is relevant to my clients. Do you think I'm going to sit there and read every word that you have written in that 6 or 8 point font in F-15 wine paragraph that you have written to find what I'm looking for?

No. You are supposed to accommodate me. You are supposed to accommodate the HR people in an organization, the hiring managers in an organization and make it easy.

What you should be doing your resume and is a comfortable sized font. I personally like 12; some people like 10. Take a look at it.

I have preference for certain phones but I get surprised sometimes by other fonts. I'm not going to make a font recommendation. I am again going to recommend a font that is sized at 10 or 12; I also recommend judicious use of white space. You don't want to have your text go all the way out to the left side or all the way out to the right side. You want to be able to keep your text so that it has adequate whitespace so that it is easily viewable.

What is the easiest way to know whether it has adequate white space? After you have written a resume and have printed it out,, folded in thirds. Hand it to someone and say, "tell me the 1st thing your high lands on when you look at this."

Time then for 6 seconds. Then, from there, turn it over to the next 3rd. Do the same thing.

Then, ask yourself, are these the points that you want the reader to really notice about? If not, you need to rework the resume so that the things that are really of value in the background that you want to be recognized for our easily visible to the reader. Without that, all you doing is throwing a bunch of stuff out there without consideration for the reader.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 1300 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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the one mistake too many job hunters make on their résumé.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you back a huge mistake that people make when they do their resumes. It's really very simple to correct. And I'll just simply say that, for years, there was a stigma attached to having gaps in your resume. People hid their gaps by avoiding putting the months on their resume. As a result, firms invariably inquired, "so, what month did you leave that firm, approximately?"
You say, "till 2013." And then the next one, it says, 2013."
"Is there a gap in there somewhere?" It becomes annoying, because it's not . . . today, we don't have that same concern about gaps in the background. Unless we're talking about years, people understand that from the time someone gets laid off until they're hired, it's not like it's going to happen within a week. It's not like it's going to happen in two weeks. Veteran professionals do have gaps in their background.
Firms prefer not to see them but they're not attached to that idea that there be no gaps in a person's background and they don't judge people as being defective if they exists there. Understand, what's worse than having the gap is insulting the reader and pretending like one doesn't exist. The other mistake that people make is when there is no gap not including the months.
So, I would just simply say to you, put the months in where you know them and years past you can put the phrase approx next to the dates so that people know that you're not trying to cheat them or deceive them in some way.
So, for example, if 10 years ago, you don't remember exactly what month you left the particular firm, no one cares. Again, you could put the phrase approx there, but it's the more recent stuff that firms are concerned about.
If you put only the year there, you know, there's a difference between being laid off in January and applying for a job in November and not including a year there. For example, being laid off in September and looking for something in November.
Finally, leaving the year their firms can't tell the difference unless they ask. If you're one of the September people looking for a job in November, there's no excuse for you not putting a month there. If you're in January, put the month there. They're just going to ask you any way. Make it easy for them. If they're going to disqualify you based upon the months, no amount of Hocus Pocus on your part, or attempting to hypnotize them into believing that you're sensational, even though you've been out of work for 10 months is going to convince them to the contrary.
So, just put the months on your resume. Make it easy for the reader. Again, if they're going to reject you because you've been out of work too long, hiding it isn't going to change that fact. They're still going to reject you because you've been out of work too long. All that will happen is you're wasting your time and there's

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Being Vague


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses and other stupid resume mistake people make way too often.

Summary

I'm back with an almost stupid resume mistakes people make way too often. Now, understand, I read a couple of hundred resumes a day. I have to do the quick and even if I did them slowly it wouldn't matter with regard to this mistake.

What's that mistake? Easy. You are being vague in your resume and not being clear about what you've done that relates the position that you applying for.

I had a situation yesterday. The guys sent me his resume. It was okay. As I'm talking to the guy, he tells me he interviewed with my client the year ago for job completely unrelated to what I'm looking for now.

There is a message in that.

Where is his real strength? This resume suggests one thing; his previous resume suggested something different. This goes back to that sort of thing where, yeah, bots every firm has an applicant tracking system where they’re reviewing whether or not you've applied to them before what happened.

And that's what happened with this firm. They said, “He only has about 2 years of experience. According to his resume, but we saw him a year ago for this type of role. How strong you really be?”

So, recognize that your vagueness is no longer an asset for you. Your vagueness is going to cost you. The fact that you tailor resume . . . If you don't take into consideration the fact that you applied to the firm previously is good to cause you to get rejected anyway.

Wherever you are in your career, you have to be crystal clear about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Money saved; money earned. Without covering that, basically you are throwing out a vague resume. It is going to get you rejected or worse, ignored.

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

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

Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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premium member and get 2 months free.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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

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schedule time with me.

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: The Resume That Is Too Long | JobSearchTV.com

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

Summary

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?

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

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

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

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6 Second Job Search Tips: Your Resume


A six second video about your resume.

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

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

episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

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

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.