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The Easiest Stupid Résumé Mistake to Fix | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the stupidest resume mistake people make and how easy it is to fix it.

Summary

I want to talk with you about 1 of those stupid resume mistakes that people make time and time again.  It is incredibly frustrating. It is so avoidable.  It's ridiculous that people don't avoid doing it more often.

Here's how to fix it. Ready?  Spell check your resume.

This should go without saying, but it is not done.  You think your resume is perfectly typed. Sometimes you have "fat fingers."  Sometimes, you just don't know how to spell the word.  Just spellcheck your resume.

I saw a statistic recently. One spelling error can cause a resume to to be rejected.  Personally, I wouldn't do that; I would investigate the person more thoroughly but I'm wondering where else this person got sloppy.

I know clients to think the same way that I do. They're not necessarily going to reject someone, but they will put that person through a bigger meatgrinder of an interview because they want to make sure that sloppiness is not part of the pattern.

After all, this is where you are trying to create a great impression. If you're consciously trying to do that and you are not spell checking your resume, what's going to happen when you are not consciously trying to create a great impression?

Again, take a minute.  It isn't hard.  All word processing software has.

Spellcheck your resume. It's a stupid resume mistake. If you don't.

Last week, there was not a day they went by where I didn't have 5 to 10 resumes that had spelling errors in them.

By the way, if there is unique language in your field (for example, in information technology or engineering) and our products and services that are unique to your field, visually check the spelling just to make sure.  Sometimes in misspelling the term, the misspelling is a correct word but not the word that you want to use.

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Your Resume Is Not a Tattoo | JobSearchTV.com


With credit to Jenny Foss of TheMuse.com for coining this phrase, I think people make this mistake, way too often and cost themselves opportunities.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about your resume.  There are a lot of people I know to create these beautiful documents and hire people who do great work for them. Then, they send the same resume out over and over again, blaming the resume for the problem.  The resume is the problem, but. The resume is not the cause of the problem.

I want to give Jenny Foss at TheMuse.com credit for this title. She used the article that she did called, "Six Job Search Tips That Are So Basic That People Forget Them."  It is a good article. And, she is right in saying that it is basic stuff.

The basic stuff I want to remind you about is (this was one of her headings) your resume is not a tattoo.

What Do I Mean, "Your Resume Is Not a Tattoo?"
It is not something that is in ink that can never be changed (by the way, you can change a tattoo, but that's a different conversation).  We tend to think of a resume as being a document -- period.  The same is true of your LinkedIn profile, too.  But there are times to change a resume because you want to emphasize one component of your experience or another. This will be true of your LinkedIn profile, too, if you want to draw in certain types of work.

Don't just treated it as A DOCUMENT. If anything, what you should be doing is uploading this enormous one onto job boards and, in the more recent years, emphasize things that you have done into greater length

and minimize the older work. After all, how interested are you going to be in doing work that you did in the Stone Ages? You want to be doing work like your more current work.

Focusing on the current stuff. Make it very long and detailed. Uploaded it to a job board. Then, when you are submitting a resume for a job, when you are a hunter applying for positions or networking with individuals, you want to tailor your resume to what that firm or hiring manager is looking for. Turn your resume into a living breathing document, rather than having it become a "one-size-fits-all" document – – because one size doesn't fit all in resumes.

You may have heard me say many times that, like the broken watch that is right twice a day, you will get some interviews from that one resume but miss out on far more. That's because you know what you've done and your resume doesn't say clearly enough for anyone else to know it.

After all, the reader doesn't know you and if you have done X for that firm, you have probably done Y too, unless you tell them, unless you put it in your resume.  Unless they can find that doing keyword searching in your resume or on your LinkedIn profile, they are not going to believe you have that experience.

Make the fit obvious.  Adapt your resume to particular needsand then send it out.

Do you 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.

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

Headers on Your #Resume

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I received  a resume from a job hunter who used embedded headers on his resume.

Using headers is an anachronism. It stems from the days when paper resumes were mailed or faxed to apply for jobs.

Worse yet, too often, the hair doesn’t lay out properly. Like this one, he landed about a quarter of the way down on page 2 because he used an older version of Word than I did.

You never know what the receiver has and how one way out. It may look perfect on your screen and dopey on the recipients’.

Is that how you want to make your first impression with an employer?

I don’t think so.

Embedded headers made sense when people actually printed out a resume before interview. Who does that anymore?

Don’t use embedded headers!

 

 

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The Mistake Too Many People Make on Their Resume | JobSearchTV.com

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 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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You Make Me Crazy!!!

 

Another reminder of something job hunters do it makes me crazy!

 

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

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Playing Big: Being Congruent

When you look for a job, everything needs to be aligned correctly for you to be hired.

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

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

The Easiest Stupid Résumé Mistake to Fix

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the stupidest resume mistake people make and how easy it is to fix it.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me a question via email, chat or phone ? Reach me via PrestoExperts or Clarity.fm

3 Things to Never Put on Your Résumé

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses three things job hunters should never put on their resume yet commonly do.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me a question via email, chat or phone ? Reach me via PrestoExperts or Clarity.fm

Stupid Resume Mistakes– Objectives

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


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at the Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Pay what you want for his books and guides to job hunting.

Sign up for a complimentary subscription to No B.S. Job Search Advice at TheBigGameHunter.us.

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Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us.

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Listen to Job Search Radio, No B. S. Job Search Advice Radio and No B. S. Hiring Advice Radio in iTunes and other podcast directories and apps.

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

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