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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Using Objectives | JobSearchTV.com


I discuss why putting one one your resume is a mistake.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about a stupid resume mistakes way too many people make. That's the notion of putting an objective in your resume. Objectives were created back in the Stone Ages of submitting resumes, pre-computer, where people just mailed resumes into apply for positions. So, there was a time disconnect between the time that the ad was written until the time that someone received the resume because computers didn’t exist. Faxes didn't exist. You mailed the resume.

If you were a recruiter, sometimes you had a messenger deliver it but massaging data in a resume was hard. You had to re-type it constantly. Many offices didn't have copy machines; they used mimeograph to do it. I know it's crazy how it was like back then. Oh-yeah, they used carbon paper if you were an individual mailing out a resume and the carbon paper would get on people's hands. It was awful! So, objectives became a way of communicating the nature the job you were looking for and they were actually paid attention to.

Today, objectives are looked at as ways that people use to disqualify themselves from consideration. So, for example, I see objectives that have a disconnect between what someone says they're looking for and what we job is; thus, it doesn't mesh. Why would I call this person who's telling me in their resume that they want to do such and such and have responsibility for such and such and my client won’t give it to them.

I try to be clear my advertising, or you in the referral that I gave to someone or in the information I gave to someone so that they can refer someone to me and I get this resume that has a disconnect.

Get rid of the objectives! All they do is disqualify you.

Instead of having an objective on the resume, use your actual body of the email to communicate the things that you want to communicate. Frankly, what you consider an objective, what most people consider objectives are irrelevant. No one cares what you're looking for. I hate to be that blunt but employers, for most of you, don't care what you or looking for; they care what they are looking for.

You can find out at the first interview if there is a disconnect between your objectives and theirs but don’t be proactive about it you may write it in a way or change your mind after the time of submission and have talk yourself out of an opportunity.

Instead, like I said, use the body of your email to communicate what you are looking for.

“I am forwarding my resume to you because I understand looking for such and such.” Then, you go into the second paragraph that outlines your relevant experience. Maybe, you set up the equivalent of an Excel spreadsheet where, in one column, you have the skill sought and where, in the second column, you have your experience; in the third column numbers of years of experience with it and how recently you have done it.

Then, you conclude by saying, “I am looking for a role where I (if you really want you communicate it). Frankly, I don’t think you need to. The first thing that an employer’s looking for is whether they can figure out quickly and easily whether you or qualified. Your cover email is going to do that. Your resume has to support that information and then your LinkedIn profile as to do it, as well.

So, get rid of the objectives. There is nothing good that comes out of it. No one will ever read your objective and say, “Huh! That’s interesting. We can give this to that guy. That’s fabulous! I think this woman would be great because . . . “

No one ever does that. Statistically, 95 times out of 100, they are going, “Jerk,” when they read the objectives. So, just don’t use one.

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.

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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 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.

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


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EP 1255 I discuss one of the stupid resume mistakes too many job hunters make – – the resume that is too long.

Summary

Let's look today atanother one of those stupid resume mistakes job hunters make. that mistake-- the resume that is way long.
Resumes get way too long for two reasons. Number one is you're an old guy like me. You may be just someone who's been in their career for way too long and you're putting everything you've ever done in your resume. Now, I'll give myself as an example.
I'm in my mid 60s. I started in my field in 1972. Now, I imagine for a second I started putting stuff in from 1972 that when I was a beginner recruiter. Do you think anyone really cares? Even the searches were different. And I spent a lot of time in technology, too. Do you think anyone cares that I did searches for Autocoder professionals in 1972? Of course, not. You've got your version of that, too, and no one cares about stuff that you did when Richard Nixon was President of the United States. So that's one reason it gets to long.
Another reason is you've been a consultant or a temp and you put every assignment that you've ever done from the beginning of all time to today and you think people are going to hire you based upon stuff that you did 15 or 20 years ago. It doesn't work that way,does it? When was the last time you got an invitation for an assignment based upon stuff you did 20 years ago?
So you can start dropping this stuff off your resume. You can mention it in passing. For example, for someone like me who' was in search for as long asI was in search, you know, you can start putting things like "Prior experience was with . . . Where I did . . . " then,you list the names of the firms where you did and you describe briefly, one sentence, two tops, what you did back in The Stone Ages. The Stone Ages are exactly that – –primitive experience that you had early in your career that no one cares about inany detail and, if they do, they'll raise it as a subject.But if someone wants to interview you for stuff that you did 40 years ago, why would you want that job anyway?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

EP 1255 I discuss one of the stupid resume mistakes too many job hunters make – – the resume that is too long.

Summary

Let's look today atanother one of those stupid resume mistakes job hunters make. that mistake-- the resume that is way long.
Resumes get way too long for two reasons. Number one is you're an old guy like me. You may be just someone who's been in their career for way too long and you're putting everything you've ever done in your resume. Now, I'll give myself as an example.
I'm in my mid 60s. I started in my field in 1972. Now, I imagine for a second I started putting stuff in from 1972 that when I was a beginner recruiter. Do you think anyone really cares? Even the searches were different. And I spent a lot of time in technology, too. Do you think anyone cares that I did searches for Autocoder professionals in 1972? Of course, not. You've got your version of that, too, and no one cares about stuff that you did when Richard Nixon was President of the United States. So that's one reason it gets to long.
Another reason is you've been a consultant or a temp and you put every assignment that you've ever done from the beginning of all time to today and you think people are going to hire you based upon stuff that you did 15 or 20 years ago. It doesn't work that way,does it? When was the last time you got an invitation for an assignment based upon stuff you did 20 years ago?
So you can start dropping this stuff off your resume. You can mention it in passing. For example, for someone like me who' was in search for as long asI was in search, you know, you can start putting things like "Prior experience was with . . . Where I did . . . " then,you list the names of the firms where you did and you describe briefly, one sentence, two tops, what you did back in The Stone Ages. The Stone Ages are exactly that – –primitive experience that you had early in your career that no one cares about inany detail and, if they do, they'll raise it as a subject.But if someone wants to interview you for stuff that you did 40 years ago, why would you want that job anyway?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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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Stupid Résumé Mistakes– No Address | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Hunter starts a series on stupid résumé mistakes. This video points out a problem with excluding your address from your resume.

Summary

This was the first in a series of what I call stupid resume mistakes that highlight the things job hunters do all the time that are just a huge mistake and interfere with you getting interviews.

This is mistake number one and it was illustrated to me with a recent resume I received (NOTE: I recorded this is a time when I was still doing recruiting. I no longer do search. I coach people into new roles).

I was trying fill a job in New York. I get a resume from someone. It has a name and a mobile number that is a Florida mobile number an email address on the top.

No address.

So, I don't call the person because my ads always say “No relocation. My clients only want people with the legal right to work in the US without sponsorship. There's no relocation available and I don't want to get resumes from third-party recruiters. So, I don't call this person.

The individual tracks me down and calls me all indignant.

“Why didn't you call me? I fit this job to a T!”

I find their resume in my system. I said “because you're obviously in Florida. You sent your resume with Florida phone number on it and my client is not going to pay for relocation. I'm not going to waste my time calling someone to find out that this Florida person is in Florida and will interview and relocate at their own expense. My clients don’t want to be bothered with that. Frankly, I don't either because scheduling interviews for people who are out of the area who can fly themselves up is very inconvenient.”

So, he says, “But, I live in Queens!”

I asked, “How would I know that?” He was silent on the other than the other end of the phone and I said, “you know, you have to make it easy for people to know where you are. You can't expect that they're going to call you to find out where you live when you have already given them a clue with your phone number.”

So, the point I want to make to you is when you're applying for positions make the fit obvious and don't do anything that's going to cause you to be knocked out of consideration right out-of-the-box. You have to know that when you don't put an address and your phone number’s from out of state or out of region (or even, for that matter, out of the country) that people are not going to call you if they're looking for individuals who are local.

Make the fit apparent, okay?

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
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.

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Using Objectives | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/08/27/stupid-resume-mistakes-using-objectives-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1209 I discuss why putting one one your resume is a mistake.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about a stupid resume mistakes way too many people make. That's the notion of putting an objective in your resume. Objectives were created back in the Stone Ages of submitting resumes, pre-computer, where people just mailed resumes into apply for positions. So, there was a time disconnect between the time that the ad was written until the time that someone received the resume because computers didn’t exist. Faxes didn't exist. You mailed the resume.

If you were a recruiter, sometimes you had a messenger deliver it but massaging data in a resume was hard. You had to re-type it constantly. Many offices didn't have copy machines; they used mimeograph to do it. I know it's crazy how it was like back then. Oh-yeah, they used carbon paper if you were an individual mailing out a resume and the carbon paper would get on people's hands. It was awful! So, objectives became a way of communicating the nature the job you were looking for and they were actually paid attention to.

Today, objectives are looked at as ways that people use to disqualify themselves from consideration. So, for example, I see objectives that have a disconnect between what someone says they're looking for and what we job is; thus, it doesn't mesh. Why would I call this person who's telling me in their resume that they want to do such and such and have responsibility for such and such and my client won’t give it to them.

I try to be clear my advertising, or you in the referral that I gave to someone or in the information I gave to someone so that they can refer someone to me and I get this resume that has a disconnect.

Get rid of the objectives! All they do is disqualify you.

Instead of having an objective on the resume, use your actual body of the email to communicate the things that you want to communicate. Frankly, what you consider an objective, what most people consider objectives are irrelevant. No one cares what you're looking for. I hate to be that blunt but employers, for most of you, don't care what you or looking for; they care what they are looking for.

You can find out at the first interview if there is a disconnect between your objectives and theirs but don’t be proactive about it you may write it in a way or change your mind after the time of submission and have talk yourself out of an opportunity.

Instead, like I said, use the body of your email to communicate what you are looking for.

“I am forwarding my resume to you because I understand looking for such and such.” Then, you go into the second paragraph that outlines your relevant experience. Maybe, you set up the equivalent of an Excel spreadsheet where, in one column, you have the skill sought and where, in the second column, you have your experience; in the third column numbers of years of experience with it and how recently you have done it.

Then, you conclude by saying, “I am looking for a role where I (if you really want you communicate it). Frankly, I don’t think you need to. The first thing that an employer’s looking for is whether they can figure out quickly and easily whether you or qualified. Your cover email is going to do that. Your resume has to support that information and then your LinkedIn profile as to do it, as well.

So, get rid of the objectives. There is nothing good that comes out of it. No one will ever read your objective and say, “Huh! That’s interesting. We can give this to that guy. That’s fabulous! I think this woman would be great because . . . “

No one ever does that. Statistically, 95 times out of 100, they are going, “Jerk,” when they read the objectives. So, just don’t use one.

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 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

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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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Showing Markups | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/08/13/stupid-resume-mistakes-showing-markups-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1195 I speak about a stupid resume mistake that can embarrass you and cause you to be immediately rejected

Summary

This is 1 of those stupid resume mistakes; I suspect they'll have a playlist of them shortly. This was just so funny.

Someone sent a resume to me a few minutes ago applying for a fairly senior role. I opened the resume up and every correction to his resume that he is ever made is there. I'm staring at all the dates that he is changed to cover up a previous employer. I'm watching all the changes that he made 2 tenses and just makes them look stupid. I'm seeing all the things these crossed out to find certain experiences that he thinks about be interested in. He's right. I wasn't interested in. Had he not show me the markup, I never would've known.

I just want to remind you that there is a function in Microsoft Word . . . You can find it at VIEW==> SHOW MARKUPS. You don't want to send out a resume were person will receive it, open it and see all the changes that you made. It is just so embarrassing when they say to you, "we were interested in talking with you but so that you work with the company and crossed it out. What was that all about?"

How do you explain that one folks? How do you think you can explain that one?

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


Listen to the full episode here:
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EP 1189 Many people have resume that create conflicts with a company’s applicant tracking system. And you are causing your own problems.

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter 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 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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Misconfigured Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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Ep 1185 I speak about a mistake almost everyone makes, particularly if they use page headers.

Summary

I want to speak with you about another 1 of those stupid resume mistakes way too many people make so I can try to hate you all from doing it anymore. Now, on your screen, when you type the resume, particularly if you use the page header where you have your contact information on page 1 in an embedded header that’s going to wrap; the same header is going to appear on page 2, 3 etc., or if you use tables or frames or templates that use frames, often, when you send your resume to someone, it doesn’t lay out the same way on their screen as it does on yours.

Why? Different monitor. Different software. Different versions of the software. There are many reasons for it. At the end of the day, your job is to make your resume look good for everyone, not just simply for yourself.

Also, embedded headers (that area where you put your name, address, phone number, email address, stuff like that) when you use embedded headers, sometimes software that used to recontact you in the future (I don’t want to call it an applicant tracking system. Let’s call it a CRM) A CRM may have trouble parsing the information from your resume into their system so that they find it difficult to contact you in the future.

So, my advice, very simply, is to stop using embedded headers. Stop using tables in your resume. Don't use frames. Don't use templates that use frames. Instead, you are so better off, for example, instead of using the template, following the model of the template but just in it freestyle, instead of embedding a header. Just type in on the top of page 1. You don't need to put it on every page because, it's not like the old days, where people actually printed resumes out and they could lose a page. They had to staple the resume immediately or they could lose the page. Then they wouldn't know “where is page to of his resume!”

So, just, very simply, remember, other people use different monitors, different versions of the software that can figure your resume differently. Then, it looks awful and they take it out on you because, suddenly, they’ve got work to do on the resume and often say, “screw it. I’m just going to delete it.”

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 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.  

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.

Stupid Resume Mistakes: The Unreadable Unchangeable Font | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 994 It sometimes amazes me what people do.

Summary

I'm laughing because I just try to read resume that was completely unreadable. Why? I know how to change a font. The resume was delivered to me in 6 point font and it was unchangeable. The person the creator file that was in 6 point font record really with a magnifying glass on my screen, but the document was unchangeable. Are you kidding me?

I don't care what your ages, 6 point font is abusive. They created this lovely embellishment around it with the ability to email them… Why bother! The key thing is about what you do, not whether I can email you. I know how to hit reply; you don't have to put on a Gmail envelope at the top of you document so I can send from my personal Gmail account ... Which I'm never going to do just going to tell you, don't be a jerk. Make sure your resume is readable, not just by me but by machines. That's because if you are mailing out resumes, I am assuming you are sending them to applicant tracking systems, even though you shouldn't be doing that. In doing so, you want them to be as the size and font and format that is easily readable by the ATS.

Go for at least 10 point, preferably 12 point fonts. Stick with traditional funds like Arial, Calibri, verdana (I'm not a big fan of them personally, but, so be it), Times new Roman (bland and boring). Go for traditional fonts what you will find that you are going to get more responses because you know what I did with the resume?

Delete. And rightly so.. This person showed no consideration for the reader. I wanted to read her resume. I really did because if I help her find the job, I would or large commission. That this is impossible and I'm not going to waste my time.

I'm going to caution you folks, don't be abusive to recruiters. Don't be abusive to sorcerers or screeners. Give people something the size that they can read and allow people to adapt the font to their preferences as well.

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 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 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

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

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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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Using Objectives | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1209 I discuss why putting one one your resume is a mistake.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about a stupid resume mistakes way too many people make. That's the notion of putting an objective in your resume. Objectives were created back in the Stone Ages of submitting resumes, pre-computer, where people just mailed resumes into apply for positions. So, there was a time disconnect between the time that the ad was written until the time that someone received the resume because computers didn’t exist. Faxes didn't exist. You mailed the resume.

If you were a recruiter, sometimes you had a messenger deliver it but massaging data in a resume was hard. You had to re-type it constantly. Many offices didn't have copy machines; they used mimeograph to do it. I know it's crazy how it was like back then. Oh-yeah, they used carbon paper if you were an individual mailing out a resume and the carbon paper would get on people's hands. It was awful! So, objectives became a way of communicating the nature the job you were looking for and they were actually paid attention to.

Today, objectives are looked at as ways that people use to disqualify themselves from consideration. So, for example, I see objectives that have a disconnect between what someone says they're looking for and what we job is; thus, it doesn't mesh. Why would I call this person who's telling me in their resume that they want to do such and such and have responsibility for such and such and my client won’t give it to them.

I try to be clear my advertising, or you in the referral that I gave to someone or in the information I gave to someone so that they can refer someone to me and I get this resume that has a disconnect.

Get rid of the objectives! All they do is disqualify you.

Instead of having an objective on the resume, use your actual body of the email to communicate the things that you want to communicate. Frankly, what you consider an objective, what most people consider objectives are irrelevant. No one cares what you're looking for. I hate to be that blunt but employers, for most of you, don't care what you or looking for; they care what they are looking for.

You can find out at the first interview if there is a disconnect between your objectives and theirs but don’t be proactive about it you may write it in a way or change your mind after the time of submission and have talk yourself out of an opportunity.

Instead, like I said, use the body of your email to communicate what you are looking for.

“I am forwarding my resume to you because I understand looking for such and such.” Then, you go into the second paragraph that outlines your relevant experience. Maybe, you set up the equivalent of an Excel spreadsheet where, in one column, you have the skill sought and where, in the second column, you have your experience; in the third column numbers of years of experience with it and how recently you have done it.

Then, you conclude by saying, “I am looking for a role where I (if you really want you communicate it). Frankly, I don’t think you need to. The first thing that an employer’s looking for is whether they can figure out quickly and easily whether you or qualified. Your cover email is going to do that. Your resume has to support that information and then your LinkedIn profile as to do it, as well.

So, get rid of the objectives. There is nothing good that comes out of it. No one will ever read your objective and say, “Huh! That’s interesting. We can give this to that guy. That’s fabulous! I think this woman would be great because . . . “

No one ever does that. Statistically, 95 times out of 100, they are going, “Jerk,” when they read the objectives. So, just don’t use one.

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 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

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.