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

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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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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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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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

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

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

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.

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

6 Dumb Things People Do When Submitting Their Resume

There are a thousand and one dumb things people do to sabotage themselves and their job search. Here a few of the most egregious mistakes people make.

1. Stupid file names for their resume .  I received a resume this week from a technology executive who should have known better. He has a good background but named his resume file some like, “His Name cut and paste August 2009.”

Why would you ever include the expression, “cut and paste” as part of the file name for any document, even if it is true?  It just tells the reader that you threw something together quickly. Is that the message you want to convey to an employer or recruiter you want to be impressed by you?

2. Including a cover letter as a separate attachment. No one opens a cover letter file because it is a waste of time. Why? Because most people don’t know how to write a good cover letter so why bother?

It is far better to write what you might consider a cover letter in the message are of your email, instead of doing that. Don’t do the kind of addressing and salutation you might if you were writing a formal business letter. Use the space to make the case for how your experience fits what they are looking for.

3. Embedding your name, address and contact information as an embedded header at the top of your resume. This one is a subtle one and would require you to understand how corporations and recruiters work.

When organizations and recruiters import data about you into their systems, they don’t manually type your information into their systems, they use parsing software to read it and populate fields. With many types of this software, embedded headers will interfere with the software doing that and your information having to be manually imported.

Who has time for that? The result is you will miss out on opportunities.

4. Mass emailing your resume in the “TO:” field of your email. Why would you want to tell people that you’ve emailed your resume to 165 employers and recruiting firms?

5. Not spell checking your resume. I understand that certain words will go through a spelling checker even though they might be misused.

For example, for years, the words, “NOVEL” would pass through a spell checker even though the intended word was, “Novell.”in particular, visually check any professional term carefully to insure that your resume does not have misusages or misspellings.

6. Submitting the Same Resume Over and Over Again to Every Job as though your one resume will make the case for every job you apply for.   Everyone knows the expression, “The broken watch is right twice a day yet people violate that simple true statement by emailing the same resume over and over again to every job they apply for as though every job is identical.

Tailored resumes help people receive good results. Flipping the same resume over and over again like burgers at a fast food restaurant will give you poor results.

Isn’t showing care when you submit your resume worthwhile?

 

 

 

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