Your Resume Sucks. Now What?
Times have changed, and so should your approach to getting a job. With the recession causing a flood of resumes coming into businesses, bosses have many to choose from so yours better stand out. I have been reviewing resumes and hiring staff for more than 25 years, so I can tell you that many resumes I receive have some irritating turnoffs. My least favorite are:
- Misspelled words – no excuse
- More than one page – we live in a 140 character world, remember?
- Listing jobs like waitress, barista and other non-relevant employment for a current job (seriously?)
- Bad formatting – send the darn thing to yourself (see what it looks like via email)
- Tiny typeface (most bosses are older and many have failing eyesight)
- Big date spaces between jobs with no explanation (if you took time off to be a stay-at-home mom or dad, say so)
- Sending a resume that has no relevance to my business, i.e., you are a cloud computing engineer. Great – we do PR.
My preference is no resume at all. A resume really does not offer insight into the real capability or experience that might work for a certain job. Much of what I read is not even relevant. I now request two or three examples of work (case studies) that the person applying has done that is relevant to the opening we have. And I do check references from previous employers, so those examples should be your own work or at least you had a lot to do with its success.