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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
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The Missing Ingredient in Most Resumes | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the missing ingredient in too many resumes.

Summary

Today, I want to offer to you a job interview tip that I see time and again, no matter how much I tell people they forget to do. The reminder is that when you are an interview and you're being asked about something that you done, most people talk about the situation or off our answer to the question without offering an example.

Examples (please excuse example. I'm going to give) are like mayonnaise to tuna in a sandwich. It's the thing that blends everything together to give it all a great flavor.

When you are interviewing, don't neglect great examples because they really give sustenance and texture and flavor to the story, different than simply reciting facts.

For example, if I were to talk about my background what I did recruiting, if I talk about the tasks of the day, it would certainly cause your eyes to glaze over within 5 minutes. However, if I talked about some of the difficult interviews I've conducted, some of the difficult situations of have to contend with involving job applicants who are just acting irrationally or institutional customers who are acting irrationally, how I handle the situations to bring both parties together so they might live happily ever after for many many years with one another would give you a better idea of what I used to do.

Don't neglect examples. Always use them in interviewing. Practice them in advance so that you are comfortable with them. Time and again, you will find that your interviews will thrive as a result.

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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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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What’s The Best Way to Get Your Résumé Noticed? | JobSearchTV.com


That’s an interesting question… But the wrong one.

Summary

The question I was asked is, "What's the best way to get your resume noticed?" I want to preface my answer, which will be directed to the point like they always are, by saying that if you are submitting your resume, you are swimming in the pond with everyone else. It's hard to be caught as a fish if you're in there with millions of other fish., What you're telling me is that you are attempting to approach this through traditional channels by submitting your resume through an applicant tracking system or some other form of direct communication, rather than working at networking through the hiring manager, developing a relationship with that person, and trying to gain entrée that way.

Be that is it me, I just given a summary of the preferred way to do things -- you would not submit a resume; you have an introduction to someone by someone who knows them will vouch for you and give you the opportunity to present yourself to the manager.

If you really want to submit your resume, the best way, if you are determined to send it through an applicant tracking system, is to DEMONSTRATE THAT YOUR BACKGROUND ACTUALLY FITS THE JOB. Make it obvious as though the reader is 6 years old reading the resume that you fit this.

How do you do that?

If you have a job description (after all, you question tells me that you want to submit your resume against the particular job), make sure that all the criteria of the job description are your resume. Make it so it is obvious!

In doing this, you want to use their language. For example, there was someone I was coaching, who is in a sales role. He would normally talk about how he it helped increase sales by a certain percentage. However, the firm he was interviewing with spoke in terms of 4X or 10X. Language along those lines. You want to use their language because you want to be understood by them. It's like speaking French and interviewing in Germany. If you don't speak the same language, it is harder to connect.

Take the time to speak their language. Use their phrasing in your resume. Make the fit obvious even if you're going to use a summary at the very top of your resume that takes care of the requirements of the position, the functionality of the job, and lays out each of them.

For example, this is always an easy one. when I use IT as an example, you list the skill and next to it you might write, "3 years/current." Then you would list the next skill and say, "2 years/until one year ago." Item by item into columns so that the fit is obvious to the reader and you're not making them struggle to find the information.

(2) As you proceed, the rest of your resume needs to confirm what you've just written and use their language.

(3) Finally (this is one the people sometimes forget), make sure your LinkedIn profile is congruent with what you say your resume. If the profile isn't congruent (it doesn't have to use the same language because I'm assuming that you're not submitting your resume to just one company), you want to make sure that your profile is as all-inclusive as possible, telling the story of what your background is so that, as I said, a 6-year-old knows that you can do this job.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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 leadershipJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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

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.

Should I Include My LinkedIn URL on a CV or Resume? | TheBigGameHunterTV


As usual, “Yes,” but . . .

Summary

The question for today is, "Should I include my LinkedIn URL on my resume or CV?" Every time of answering the question, it seems like I'm answering, "yes, but…" If it fits, I'm going to say it. Yes, but… Here's the but.

1st of all, let me explain the yes. Firms are going to check your background, regardless. They are looking for congruence between what you say on your resume and what is on your LinkedIn profile. Why do they do this? They do it because people lie. They exaggerate one component of your background and minimize others. Suddenly, you discover this programmer (I will use the programmers the example) who is applying for a job doing Java development has been doing C# or, worse, C programming for most of their career and the last 6 months they have been working in job and that shows on their LinkedIn profile. Again, this is an exaggerated example, but it is among the things that you find out.

You find dates that are different on LinkedIn profile than what is on the resume. How stupid can you be??? Understand, if you are going to put a URL, as you should, because it makes it more convenient for people because are look for you anyway and is better that they find you easily and someone else who looks or acts like you were has a similar background to you, and rejects the resume because there background just seems weird to them and they become confused. After all, I only did this for about 40 some odd years. There are people with identical names who are working for the same large firm and suddenly discovered something in congruent with the wrong person's background.

Just make it easy for them. You don't have to put the full link on but underneath your name, city, State, ZIP Code, phone number where you want to be called (but your mobile number there, please; don't put a phone number there were you are going to wait until you get home there that night, forget to check messages, wait another day, and then get angry at the recruiters who are in your inbox and they have call once, maybe, twice because you haven't gotten back to them... And that is your mistake that you are pistol off at them)

Just put the LinkedIn profile in the resume. LinkedIn profile and then embed it. Make it a live link. Embed the URL in whatever text you write on your resume so people can find you quickly. If the role, the things that you do to inspire confidence but being smart about your presentation seem small but they build on themselves like blocks or bricks in the building. Suddenly, you have a very firm structure there. Firms love to see things, they love to talk to people who inspire confidence. They don't like to hesitate. When they hesitate, they pause for a second and normally go on to something else.

Just make it easy. Just put your LinkedIn URL underneath your name, city, State, ZIP Code (ZIP Code, in particular, is important), phone number that you want to be called at. Check your phone messages if it is on your mobile twice a day, before lunch and before the end of your workday respond to messages when you get them. Don't wait until you get home to write a message back with your time and availability. Just call. It will take you 15 to 20 minutes tops to have a quick chat with someone about your background,

I will simply say, "Just do it." It will serve you well and doesn't take a lot of effort.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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

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.

 

What Resume Template Should I Use? I Have a Scattered Job History | TheBigGameHunterTV


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What resume template should I use if I have a bad job history? I think you’re asking the wrong question, but I offer advice here regardless.

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and welcome. The question is, "What resume template should I use. I have a scanner job history." I think it begs the question, "Why use a resume template?"

Templates cause problems for applicant tracking systems And you are probably sufficiently junior that you going to make the mistake of Applying to jobs through an applicant tracking systems..The template can cause problems with its frames And make it harder for the system to parse the resume..You don't want to be using applicant tracking system to apply for jobs and, if you do, you don't want to be using a template because it can you problems to the applicant tracking system and headaches to the recipient.

Do you think they're going to manually input information about your background? No. They are not going to do that. There going to delete your resume. I'm simply going to say. Don't use a template. Let me repeat. Don't use a template.

You can copy the format of the template and, what I would suggest doing, Is copying the format of the template..What I would suggest doing is that if you have been a consultant for an organization, You want to aggregate all those dates under the umbrella of(I'm or pick something) "CONSULTING 2015 to present" and then have all the assignments underneath that.

If this is about a bad job histories, hey! Firms are going to find out. There is no hiding it. Seriously, there is no hiding it.You can play the game of, "I'm going to have a title there and The firms I consulted to and the dates off to the side" But a decent interview is going to ask, "So, review consulting that is firms?" When you tell them, "No," they're going to realize that you have been job history. There is really no hiding it.

That's good be your one way to try to get in the door. Have a title that's pretty similar for all those firms, The individual company and date off to the side and then use that from there. But, I want to repeat, do not use a template and do not apply for job through an applicant tracking system.

I hope you found this helpful and if you are interested my coaching you, which includes preparing you for an interview, helping you with your networking, critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, helping you with the salary negotiation at the end of the process, visit my website, www.thebiggamehunter.us. Check the tabs along the top and you get information about how to hire me for particular functions.

From there, I'll simply say that I have great information available on the site but, at times, it almost seems like too much. The best of my stuff is available at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. You will find it curated there with the best of my material plus, you can ask me about your job search as part of your membership through the site.

Have a great day! Take care!

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon 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

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.

Avoid Creating “a Franken-Resume” (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discourages you from creating “a Franken-resume.”

Summary

What is a "Franken-resume?"

It is a hodgepodge from an old resume to something that you it into updated... And the old stuff doesn't matter anymore. As a result, it is like a Frankenstein resume.

Think about it. If you look back at your resume at the things you did 5 years ago, 10 years ago, does it even matter? What matters about it to people? I guess the
on this show, Marcus Ronaldi,commented that some old resumes master email. 20 years ago, that mattered. Do you think anyone cares today that you mastered email?

Your resume may have some of that old, legacy kind of comments in it and you haven't looked at in the neck context. All you have been doing for years is probably one update on top of another, haven't changed the tenses on the old information to the past tense, and now today you have a Franken-resume.

Before you send a resume out to people, if you have updated it with new information, start at the very end of your resume and work your way forward. You will be more patient with yourself. If you do it that way that if you work from the top and work your way back in time. Trust me. I've seen so many people do this and it works much better.

Again, make sure your resume isn't a hodgepodge of antiquated stuff that makes you look obsolete anyway. Pay attention to what is written. Change the tenses and update it well.

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

 

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Naming Your Resume File (VIDEO)

Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how you should name your resume before you start to email it to people.

Summary

I get tons of resumes. You save them. You have to rename them. That's because all of you take no time and name your resume, "resume.doc." That's a big help in finding your resume. Your is a very simple convention for naming your resume.

Ready?

1st name.last name.resume.doc

Really simple, isn't it? 1st name. Last name.resume.doc or put – 's between each of them.

Your resume needs to be found easily. Naming it resume.doc does nothing to help people find you in the morass of her applicant tracking systems, and the morass of our Outlook files. Just change the naming.

If you are sending a cover letter, I'm not good tell you to do the same thing. there. Only put the cover letter as the body of your email instead of as a separate file.

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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The Companion Mistakes People Make with Their Resume | Job Search Radio


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses mirrors mistakes people make with your resume.

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me? Email me at [email protected]
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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and then forward your question to the same address.

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4 Steps to Getting Better Resume Results (Lose 25 Pounds, Grow Hair and Lose 3 Inches Of Belly Fat)

Before it closed last year in anticipation of a move to its new home, I took my son to The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York for lunch. One of the owners, Alex, is an old friend and my son and I hadn’t been back to New York for a few years since moving to North Carolina. Everything came together beautifully.

We sat at the bar with Alex and ordered lunch. The appetizer arrived for each of us. My son looked at it.

“It’s beautiful!”

We ate it, an entrée and dessert and each time he exclaimed how wonderful each item looked and tasted.

Each dish was beautifully prepared, plated and presented with a discerning eye to how a guest would receive it.

When an employer asks for a menu to order a new hire, s/he is not looking for a Quarter Pounder or Big Mac. They want something aesthetically beautiful that delights just like my son was delighted by each dish.

They want something special.

Is every job description you read the same? No.

Is every job you submit your resume to the same? Of course, they aren’t. 

If all these job descriptions are different, why do you submit the same resume as though you are flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant? 

Every day, people send the same generic resume out as though each position was identical and each employer was attempting to hire identical skills and attributes. Too often, the results they receive are like the broken watch that is right twice a day—hit or miss success.

They list their name, phone numbers and email address, list an objective, education, and chronology of experience with dates of employment. The resume includes some successes or accomplishments. This is their resume.

In the days prior to computers when changing a resume required you to re-type different versions, this made sense. Today, when computers allow you to customize, spell and grammar check documents so easily, you are missing out on opportunities and costing yourself money by being lazy and not tailoring your resume for each opportunity you are interested in. You are not serving a beautiful meal. You are preparing a Quarter Pounder!

Here are several steps that you can do to improve your resume and get better results.

 1.    Each employer will be interested in different attributes of your experience. They often indicate it by the items they describe in their job ad or the recruiter described to you. Emphasize the experiences that you have that relate to the skills being sought and the functions you will perform in the job they will ask you to perform. If you are applying for a staff position, emphasize your staff experience and minimize your management experience. If you are being hired to be a leader, write about your recent leadership.

2.    Employers are more interested in recent work, rather than work you did many years ago. Use more space in your resume to highlight recent experience, rather than things you did before Barack Obama became President.

3.    Like setting a goal where you make them specific, measurable, achievable within a specific period of time, describe your successes or achievements concretely. Reducing costs is a nice start but it is more powerful to describe something as reducing operational costs globally by 2%. Increased departmental sales by 27% resulting in . . . You get the idea. Use action verbs wherever possible

4.    Ask someone you trust to critique what you’ve written. Too often, people believe that they can do everything by themselves without asking for help. Ask a friend in your industry to critique what you’ve written to insure you’re on target and aren’t missing the mark.

If you were buying a sports car and the car salesman started showing you a minivan, you would probably scratch your head and ask, “Uh, excuse me but I want to see a sports car.

“But this is a great car!”

“And I want a sports car..”

Every day, job hunters try to sell minivans to sports car owners. Their resume in no way, shape or form fits the requirement and they become indignant at not hearing anything from the employer or recruiter.

You’ve served them a Quarter Pounder when they wanted something special.

One more thing. If you follow these instructions, you will feel better about yourself, lose 25 pounds instantly and take 3 inches off your waist. The growing hair stuff is wishful thinking on my part.

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2017

 

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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Naming Your Resume File | Job Search Radio


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Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how you should name your resume before you start to email it to people.

Summary

I get tons of resumes. You save them. You have to rename them. That's because all of you take no time and name your resume, "resume.doc." That's a big help in finding your resume. Your is a very simple convention for naming your resume.

Ready?

1st name.last name.resume.doc

Really simple, isn't it? 1st name. Last name.resume.doc or put – 's between each of them.

Your resume needs to be found easily. Naming it resume.doc does nothing to help people find you in the morass of her applicant tracking systems, and the morass of our Outlook files. Just change the naming.

If you are sending a cover letter, I'm not good tell you to do the same thing. there. Only put the cover letter as the body of your email instead of as a separate file.

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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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