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On my soapbox today…as I am spending a small part of this holiday weekend reviewing resumes received in response to a recent posting.

Candidates, there are a few golden rules to submitting your resumes online. Please consider the following so you don’t fall into that ‘black hole’ or get ‘lost in the shuffle’:

  1. ALWAYS name and save your document with your name or at least your initials. At least 1/3 of resumes just received are named as resume.doc or myupdatedresume.doc or similar. This makes it much easier for us hiring authorities to look through a long list of applicants and sort them by name, maybe alpha, in order to review them. Resumes that don’t have an identifier as their saved document name can indeed get lost in a shuffle of dozens if not hundreds more that do have some identifier.
  2. When you decide to use the template of someone else’s resume in order to copy and paste your own information – don’t forget to RENAME the resume and document to your own. Nothing raises the  red flag at the hiring company like two different names associated with one resume. Most likely, that is all the company will then read.
  3. Don’t associate your resume with a glaring or inappropriate email address for response. Just another Triancular_red_flagto the company about one’s professionalism.
  4. When submitting your resume, seriously, for a job, be sure that you meet some if not most of the qualifications listed. When you don’t, that sends yet another Triancular_red_flag that you probably didn’t even read the posting in full. And, if you take such shortcuts in your own career search endeavors, then what might you do on the job if hired?
  5. Always, email a copy of your resume as both your document as well as a .PDF version. Occasionally, employers will get resumes that have notes entered all over, or have some form of code or template lines on top of the content that was intended. This may say to an employer – he/she doesn’t proofread their own personal work, so we probably can’t trust them to be responsible for any workplace documentation that would be tasked with.
  6. Triancular_red_flag There are often red flags when resumes are submitted through various recruitment websites and aggregators and the intended targets (being the company) may not actually see what you intended them to see.
  7. Consider the level of the position you are applying to. Have you shown, through your own resume format, content, grammar and spelling, that you even meet the qualities required for the job?

And then some…

8.  Always be sure to place your name on each page of your resume.

9. It’s helpful to insert page numbers when your resume is more than one page.

10. There is no need to waste space on your resume with ‘references upon request’ as that is a given. If you don’t provide them ‘when asked’ you probably won’t go further in the process.

10+. Don’t even place the names and numbers of your references on your resume. Most people don’t want their contact information out there on the global resume/job search market – and wouldn’t be comfortable if this got in the wrong hands. On the other hand, have that list available to share (in person) when and if they are requested, most likely during an interview.

When you take the job offer…

You are accepting the status quo – the current pay structure, expected work schedule, benefits, work environment and more. And as most offers go, subject to change.

Companies change – they evolve. They grow or they shrink or they change direction. Their rent goes up, insurance and workers compensation costs increase. Their licensing fees and salaries promised go up. That is expected when one runs a business. But if their own sales aren’t going UP as hoped and planned for, then the ability to keep up with the status quo may diminish.

When accepting a job offer in a small organization, one that is doing well nonetheless, keep in mind the growing pains. Working in a small company can have so many benefits that one might not have planned for. Surprise ones – disguised as hard work, extra work, the wearing of many hats.

But oh, those benefits can bring wonderful bonds with colleagues; can bring about a sense of ownership and loyalty not always experienced in a larger organization (though I certainly did while working for the original Midway Airlines). We were a fortunate group of 4500 who lost our beloved jobs in 1991 due to economic crisis and other factors, beyond our control. But we were loyal. We were dedicated. We ‘owned’ our jobs!

So consider that job offer that is coming your way – weigh out all the benefits you will gain beyond a paycheck and beyond health care coverage. Consider being a part of an industry as it grows or even as it struggles. Oh, the things you will learn. They are priceless and can’t be spelled out in an offer letter.

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