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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.

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Wondering Why You Still Haven’t Found Full-time Work?

My first question might be – have you even considered a part-time job? I know unemployment benefits, if you are fortunate to still be getting them – eventually run out. They are to serve as a cushion of support, and I’ve had to rely on them myself at least once in my career. So, when they run out or even before – are you only prospecting full-time work? Did you ever think that part-time work can lead to that, if you truly apply yourself? And if for nothing else, for the hands-on experience you can gain and refresh your resume with: from new computer software to a new industry environment. It can all be good.

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When I ask someone about how recent interviews have gone – and they reply they’ve had none, that is telling me one of two things. They’re not really trying and haven’t even put a decent resume together. Or, their resume is not gaining the attention or being sent accordingly to select jobs/companies.

Truth be told, and for the sake of this post – let’s consider you’ve had plenty of interviews with multiple organizations but still not had a reasonable offer.

Some reasons that are out of your control.

  • They hired someone or promoted from within.
  • Budget issues caused cancellation or revision of the job. (I’ve personally seen this on several occasions over the years.)
  • Organizational issues ended the need to fill the position.
  • The chemistry didn’t work.
Other reasons that you can have more control or influence over:
  • Someone else was a better networker.
  • The chemistry didn’t work.
  • You were obviously unprepared for the interview.
  • You didn’t project that you were truly interested in the job.
  • Your references didn’t support you.
  • You expected to fail!

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