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3 Tips About Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1265 Here are a few reminders you can use when writing your resume.

Summary

Resumes. Can't live with them. Can't live without them. I have done a lot of videos about writing resumes but I want to offer a few basic points that would coalesce some of those ideas.

Never ever use a template. Templates make you look ordinary; it cheapens the look of the document. Follow the format but you don't actually want to use one. One reason not to use a template is because, if you're going to submit a resume through an applicant tracking system, some have trouble parsing fields in templates. It also becomes more difficult for third-party recruiters to do editing.

"What do you mean? Why can't they just do copy and paste?"

It's because the frames that certain fields are put into make it hard to do that. In addition, you're also asking people to waste time they don't really have.

So, ditch the templates.

Next, instead of listing, "Objectives," just know that no one really cares and if you want them to care, put it into your cover email (you don't send a cover letter as a separate attachment. You put it into the message area of an email). You use that to talk about some of the things you are looking for in a job.

If you are used to using objectives, replace it with, "Summary." Make sure the summary is keyword rich, specifically with the right keywords for the type of role that you perform and the kind of successes that you've had. Again, when people are looking for resumes on job boards, when they are searching for them in applicant tracking systems or on LinkedIn if they are trying to find you, they are searching by keywords. They are not simply scrolling through resumes.

When writing your resume, don't just simply focus on your responsibilities, focus on responsibilities AND results that you have gotten, quantified by money saved were money earned.

These are a few the small changes I want to encourage you to make to your resume. So, to summarize:

1. Get rid of templates

2. Replace objectives with keyword rich  summaries

3. Spent time on responsibilities and results, the impact of what you did, quantified by money saved and money earned.

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 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.

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.

What Do Recruiters Look For in a Resumé At First Glance? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1296 Resumes are only looked at for a few seconds. What do people look for?

Summary

The question for today is, "We have all heard the stories, how few seconds people take to look at a resume. What 2 people actually look for in those few seconds?"

The question is actually very easy to answer. When we're looking at a resume, we are not looking at a full document. After all, when you think about it, when you look at a document on your screen. How much of the page shows up? Two thirds? Three quarters? That is about it.

So we are looking at a document that within two thirds or three quarters of the page ideally should be able to demonstrate some version of fit for a role.

I want to backtrack because you have a message area of your email and most people open, or have displayed on the screen and are using Outlook and have an additional pain available to them.

In an email, you want to indicate the position you are applying for. Maybe there is a job code or a title in the position description. If it is just the title provide something more because there could be multiple positions for the same title.

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 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

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

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.

3 Tips About Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/10/24/3-tips-about-resumes-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1265 Here are a few reminders you can use when writing your resume.

Summary

Resumes. Can't live with them. Can't live without them. I have done a lot of videos about writing resumes but I want to offer a few basic points that would coalesce some of those ideas.

Never ever use a template. Templates make you look ordinary; it cheapens the look of the document. Follow the format but you don't actually want to use one. One reason not to use a template is because, if you're going to submit a resume through an applicant tracking system, some have trouble parsing fields in templates. It also becomes more difficult for third-party recruiters to do editing.

"What do you mean? Why can't they just do copy and paste?"

It's because the frames that certain fields are put into make it hard to do that. In addition, you're also asking people to waste time they don't really have.

So, ditch the templates.

Next, instead of listing, "Objectives," just know that no one really cares and if you want them to care, put it into your cover email (you don't send a cover letter as a separate attachment. You put it into the message area of an email). You use that to talk about some of the things you are looking for in a job.

If you are used to using objectives, replace it with, "Summary." Make sure the summary is keyword rich, specifically with the right keywords for the type of role that you perform and the kind of successes that you've had. Again, when people are looking for resumes on job boards, when they are searching for them in applicant tracking systems or on LinkedIn if they are trying to find you, they are searching by keywords. They are not simply scrolling through resumes.

When writing your resume, don't just simply focus on your responsibilities, focus on responsibilities AND results that you have gotten, quantified by money saved were money earned.

These are a few the small changes I want to encourage you to make to your resume. So, to summarize:

1. Get rid of templates

2. Replace objectives with keyword rich  summaries

3. Spent time on responsibilities and results, the impact of what you did, quantified by money saved and money earned.

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 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.

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.

One Page Resumes or Longer Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1232 Here’s my thinking.

Summary

I was speaking with a professional resume writer today who is going to appear on my podcast, “Job Search Radio” and the subject of resume length came up in our conversation. She is a big proponent of the one-page resume and her position is that, in her format, where she's got a two column resume, that (#1) is what the document should only one page and that (#2) is your address and such should be on the bottom.

Here’s my thinking. I’m not a big fan of this concept. I’m supposed to see a copy of her template later today. I may change my mind. If so, I will do another video on this, but my belief about resumes is, frankly, the resume should be as long as it needs to be. I'm not looking at a 10 page resume; they never need to be that long. After all, who needs to know what you did back in the Stone Ages?

What you need to think about is “what's going to make case for your candidacy with this employer? What's going to demonstrate that experience and that you faced a particular problem, the actions that you took, the results that you achieved and some measure of what the impact was of your work period” so problem-action-result-measurement / metrics. Something that demonstrates your work is of value to your organization in terms of money saved / money earned or comparing you with others to show that you are an extraordinary employee. Other than that, the length is irrelevant.

I do want to encourage the more relevant stuff to be on the top of page 1 or early on page 1 because, frankly, most people or never going to get further than page down one and maybe page down two. That's it. If they ever print that out, which is a minor miracle that happens, they are not going to see it.

The “however” is, if they are interviewing you, they are going to scroll your resume, looking for additional value and, as such, yes, they may find something more than two-page downs along the way. However, you need to keep the relevant data as early on page 1 as you possibly can for a couple of reasons. Number one is employers skim resumes. Recruiters skim resumes. You want them to be able to find the relevant information quickly on page 1.

Number two. Applicant tracking systems. Often, they try to figure out relevance by how early in the document you demonstrate the experience. So, if it's on page 3 , they think it's antique information, so you always want to get up is early on page one as possible to avoid rejection without human intervention by a system that's been trained to evaluate not just simply whether the skill appears in the document, but by how early it appears in the document in order to determine relevance.

At the end of the day, length isn’t that important. Demonstrating the fit really is. Demonstrating that you are qualified really is. That involves, as I've been saying, it may involve a longer resume. It certainly involves tailored resumes, not just simply sending the same generic resume over and over again to every job you apply for as though that one resumes is going to get you in the door. After all, has that been working for you guy? Sister, are you getting results? Probably not.

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.

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.

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

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

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

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

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An Easy Upgrade to Your Executive Resume | JobSearchTV.com


There is an easy upgrade to your executive resume that will help you get more interviews.

Summary

This is a tip can be used by anyone but I’m going to focus in on executives because it’s an easier implementation for you.

If you're working with a resume, most of you are sending out a pretty flat looking document. It's boring. Everyone says the same thing. But we’re living in a more visual age and, yes, I could be talking with you about fonts and how your fonts look on a page. It’s really a screen because no one is really working with paper anymore, right?

If you are asked to submit a resume, here is a small change I want you to make and that is graphics. It can be as simple as a chart demonstrating the impact of what you’ve done in the organization.

So, for example, you reduced costs. Have a chart that indicates a graph of previous costs and let them see the downward trajectory of costs. Increased revenue. Ideal for salespeople, C-level professionals. Show how would you increased revenue over a couple of years.

If you're not in a role where you are helping a firm make or save money but you can measure it in terms of improved performance, show the previous performance levels and metrics in a graphical format and then demonstrate the improvement that you afforded the organization.

The visual goes a long way toward helping people see your impact. It doesn't have to be a big thing period it doesn't have to be real elaborate. It just has to make it obvious to people by using a chart inserted into your resume to show the impact of what you’ve done.

Again, this can be used by anyone but clearly it's an ideal tool for a senior level professional who's trying to show that they affect change.

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.

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.

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

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

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Get to the Point | JobSearchTV.com


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

Summary

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

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.

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

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

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The Simplest Résumé Hack | JobSearchTV.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers simple advice for writing a great resume using this hack.

Summary

I will give you some no BS job search advice in the form of a resume hack. This is going to be a simple way to write resumes.

When most people write a resume, then write his master resume and they prune out everything that is not going to be relevant and then mail out the same resume to every job that they apply to. Like the broken watch that is right twice a day, it works sometimes but no where near often enough.

Here's the solution to the issue. It requires that you take the time to think of everything that you've done professionally.

What I want to do is to write this 1 grand master resume. It has everything in it that you have done – – role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if you are in IT, the technology that you have utilized. It also includes the revenue that is been generated by your work and/or the resume saved by your work.

Once you have that master, and it could be 10 pages long for all I care, but it's most important for you to start with your most recent job, work backward, and then create this master document.

Then, as you apply to things, as you submit your resume to friends who tell you about opportunities, I want you to prune out irrelevant things and call attention to the major things that you've done that relate to that specific job.

Some of you are going to say, "Gee! That sounds like a lot of work!" In fact, it isn't a lot of work. It is a lot more work to edit all the time than if you have a master document for which you are pruning each time into something useful for an employer.

After all, when you buy a personal computer (if you still buy them), it was a big deal when plug and play technology was introduced. What's that? All the devices could be plugged into any computer and you could create something customized based upon the need of the individual buyer.

If the manufacturer was deciding everything that you needed, you would wind up with a lot of unnecessary things and a lot of unnecessary cost in your device. By creating plug and play, you got a customized system based upon your unique needs.

The same is true with a resume. You need to, deliver a customized product for every single job that you apply to. If you think that's a lot of work. Let me ask you a question. Is a lot of work from your vantage point. To do this and "risk" getting a $15,000 or $20,000 raise or $25,000 or, for you veteran people, $50,000 or $75,000 increase? I don't think so. When all is said and done, it is not a big deal.

Write the master. Create this enormous document. Call attention to every little bit of substance that you have done. Then, each time that you are submitting your resume, take the relevant parts of it per employer, pull it into a separate resume and submitted to that firm. That's what you do. That's the simplest hack I can give you for resume writing because what you are doing up until this point isn't working, is it?

Try my way. It does work.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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.

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

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

JobSearchTV

Remember These Pointers When Writing Your New Resume | JobSearchTV.com


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When people write resumes, they often go to such extremes that are unnecessary. On this video, I walk through several things you need to pay attention to when putting it together.

Summary

I thought I would do a show about resumes because, frankly, I haven't done one long time and I'm not going to put up stuff on my screen that shows you what a good resume looks like. I just want to point out some things to you that I think you need to be aware of when constructing a resume in these times under these circumstances, different than back in The Stone Ages when I got into recruiting.

So, point number one is you were always taught name, address and phone number at the top of your resume . . . At least old-timers were. Even a lot of younger people like older millennials got that feedback. It’s not about your address now. It is about the city, state and ZIP Code. I know that there our people who tell you that you don't have to include a ZIP Code. That's a mistake. The mistake is, frankly, if you want someone to get back in touch with you, whether it's a corporation or a recruiter, they are going to go back into their database to look for people within a specific geographic area.

Imagine, for example, you live in the San Francisco and someone enters in San Francisco, California. You miss all the surrounding areas, right? That’s because it doesn’t match San Francisco, CA. They need a ZIP Code and a lot of the stuff like there's an article I read recently on one site where they didn't even mention ZIP Code as a variable. Yet, this is how firms key in the location. You’ve got to get your ZIP Code at the top of the resume.

Also, without getting excessive on the design elements, you want a lot of white space around it. Now, if you are in artistic fields, you may have a temptation to use a lot of graphic design formats and, if you are submitting it through an applicant tracking system, the system may choke on some of the things that you do because it's hard to parse it into the right fields. So, be aware that there's a choice that you make when you go for extensive design elements to create visually appealing document versus one that’s going to be useful to the system.

Why do I say “useful to the system?” Although I prefer you not to be submitting resumes through an applicant tracking system, I prefer that you to send them directly the hiring managers, the fact is that most of you are going to do it anyway. The issue comes down to if the keywords don't match up well and with sufficient frequency once parsed into the resume and parse them to the right fields, you are not going to get an interview . . . And that is going to be on you because you chose to make them a nice pretty resume with all sorts of colors and interesting fonts and visually appealing so you thought it just doesn't work with the system. Instead, a lot of these systems like pretty conventional fonts and a lot of white space. So, be aware of that as you construct your resume.

Also, I want to mention that frequency of use of a lot of terms becomes important. So, think in terms of the fact that there's a language that is specifically used in the job description and, unless your resume matches up with it, the system may not recognize other variables. So, understand, it may be looking for someone with a particular academic background and particular skills who has done a specific type of work previously. It's software. It is not a human being. As much as we hear about AI, they're not really all that good yet. Eventually, they’ll get there and data dictionaries will get built up. But, in the meantime, they are pretty stupid.

Since a lot of resumes are being scanned and decided on by the ever popular black hole, think about it from the system’ standpoint. What gets through the system? The answer comes down to the wording in the resume and the wording in the job description have to match, have to be used repeatedly, and has to be pretty high in sequence with how it’s presented in the resume.

If the role, if the language is used on the bottom of page 3, it suggests to the system that, frankly, you haven’t used them recently. So, one little trick you can do is to add the equivalent of a cover letter at the beginning of the resume that kind of says, “I want you to see how my background matches up with the job.” So, you have the keyword in the left-hand column and how long how recently you did the work in the right-hand column. That, in effect, becomes page 1 of the resume. So, what you're doing is starting off with how your background matches and then the resume follows right behind. That's one option. There are many variables about that.

You can use it is the cover email for your resume so it's in there. But, if you are submitting it through an applicant tracking system, this is a nice little trick that, shall we say, fools the systems quite a bit because it immediately gives the matches to your background and, then, page 2, goes further or the second half of page 1 goes further to illustrate how your background matches.

So, there's a couple of ideas. In days of old, we used to talk about customizing resumes for the job; now, we talk about “personalization.” It has to be personalized for the listener. Same crap. New language.

Remember, if you flip the resume like a burger at a fast food restaurant to someone and expect to get a different result, it is like the broken watch that's right twice a day. Most the time it doesn't work. You don't get the interview and twice a day (in the example of the broken watch) the time is right twice a day. All the rest of the time it's wrong.

So, personalize your resume. Make it fit. Make it obvious that it fits.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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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.

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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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EP 1232 Here’s my thinking.

Summary

I was speaking with a professional resume writer today who is going to appear on my podcast, “Job Search Radio” and the subject of resume length came up in our conversation. She is a big proponent of the one-page resume and her position is that, in her format, where she's got a two column resume, that (#1) is what the document should only one page and that (#2) is your address and such should be on the bottom.

Here’s my thinking. I’m not a big fan of this concept. I’m supposed to see a copy of her template later today. I may change my mind. If so, I will do another video on this, but my belief about resumes is, frankly, the resume should be as long as it needs to be. I'm not looking at a 10 page resume; they never need to be that long. After all, who needs to know what you did back in the Stone Ages?

What you need to think about is “what's going to make case for your candidacy with this employer? What's going to demonstrate that experience and that you faced a particular problem, the actions that you took, the results that you achieved and some measure of what the impact was of your work period” so problem-action-result-measurement / metrics. Something that demonstrates your work is of value to your organization in terms of money saved / money earned or comparing you with others to show that you are an extraordinary employee. Other than that, the length is irrelevant.

I do want to encourage the more relevant stuff to be on the top of page 1 or early on page 1 because, frankly, most people or never going to get further than page down one and maybe page down two. That's it. If they ever print that out, which is a minor miracle that happens, they are not going to see it.

The “however” is, if they are interviewing you, they are going to scroll your resume, looking for additional value and, as such, yes, they may find something more than two-page downs along the way. However, you need to keep the relevant data as early on page 1 as you possibly can for a couple of reasons. Number one is employers skim resumes. Recruiters skim resumes. You want them to be able to find the relevant information quickly on page 1.

Number two. Applicant tracking systems. Often, they try to figure out relevance by how early in the document you demonstrate the experience. So, if it's on page 3 , they think it's antique information, so you always want to get up is early on page one as possible to avoid rejection without human intervention by a system that's been trained to evaluate not just simply whether the skill appears in the document, but by how early it appears in the document in order to determine relevance.

At the end of the day, length isn’t that important. Demonstrating the fit really is. Demonstrating that you are qualified really is. That involves, as I've been saying, it may involve a longer resume. It certainly involves tailored resumes, not just simply sending the same generic resume over and over again to every job you apply for as though that one resumes is going to get you in the door. After all, has that been working for you guy? Sister, are you getting results? Probably not.

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.

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.

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.

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EP 1154 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why you shouldn’t use a page header on your resume and offers other advice to help you avoid making mistakes.

Summary

I just got a resume from someone who made such a dumb mistake and it's so unnecessary to make this mistake. I thought I would do a quick video for YouTube about it.

So back in the Stone ages when I first started recruiting people would indicate the page number for each page of their resume. So, it might, flush left, have their name; flush right it might say, page 2 of 3. The reason for that was people received resumes in the mail and you wanted to make sure that if the pages were separated from one another, you could easily compile them and puts them in right sequence. That's the reason for that from the Stone Ages.

Online, WHO CARES! Really, who cares now that I am now up to page 2 of 3? But here's why you should care and not do it any longer. And that is because everyone's system is formatted in a different way and, although on your screen, it may be page 2 of 3 or 1 of 2 as in this case, what unfortunately happens way too often is that the page break on my side shows that there are 10 lines of page 1 on page 2, that that I’ve got the guy’s name flush left and flush right page 2 of 2.

Why would you put yourself in the position of having some potential mistake occur.

I don't think embedding is going to help because embedding is one of the biggest annoyances recruiters have because, so often, what you've embedded can't be parsed and thus we can't get it into our systems to be able to find you in the future.

So, number 1, forget about the page numbering system. It's a throwback that's completely unnecessary. As a reminder, because I have done videos about this before, do not embed anything in your resume. It causes way too many inconveniences for the reader for their legal obligation to track your resume.

Understand, firms have tracking responsibility and if they don't comply, they can be in violation of federal law. Recruiters want to track everything however you think we can sit there and type in everyone's name, address and phone number and make sure (because this happened earlier today) that your ZIP Code is on the resume so we know where you are? That’s because if you want to search for you in the future, let’s say I have a search for and SAP person with experience with a particular module in a particular location, unless I have the ZIP Code I can’t find you.

That’s because the way the search runs is do I really want to talk to all the people in Dubuque with that background? No, I want to talk to the ones in Florida with that background and I use ZIP Code to be able to find you.

So those are come up a couple my pet peeves that got triggered by this mistake that someone made by numbering their pages.

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 what 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 1100 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 complementary session.

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.  

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

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.

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

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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