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A recruiter speaks: Stop doing these things with your resume

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

I read this today on Mashable from a question posted on Quora. How’s YOUR resume?

 

Things I Wish People Would Stop Doing

by  Ambra Benjamin, engineering recruiter at Facebook, previously LivingSocial, Google and Expedia.

  • Using MS Word’s resume templates: Period.
  • Writing resumes in first person: Exceptions made for people who do it cleverly.
  • Allowing their resume to be a ridiculous number of pages: Unless you are a college professor with multiple published works, you do not need an 8+ page resume. That is not impressive; that is obnoxious. Condense that bad boy s’il vous plait. Also, I do not care that you worked at Burger King in 1988. I mean, good for you, but no; not relevant.
  • Mixing up first person and third person or present tense and past tense: Pick a voice, pick a tense, and then stick with it. I suggest third person and past tense.
  • Listing an objective at the top of the resume: Dude, seriously? This isn’t 1992.
  • Mailing, faxing or hand-delivering paper resumes: Immediate disqualification. Do not pass go.
  • Sending resumes addressed to the CEO end up on my desk unopened: This is a gross generalization here, and exceptions are made for smaller companies, but [generally speaking], CEOs don’t read resumes — not the first pass. Also see above re: paper resumes.

 

Resume Templates

Monday, August 17th, 2009

No, no, no no! A resume template is not all right. A template has little or no flexibility so will, most often, not properly highlight your value to a prospective employer.

But it’s the easy way, isn’t it? And that’s just what it says to the employer — “This guy takes the easy way out.  What will he do in the workplace?”

It only takes a little more time to construct a resume in Microsoft Word — Take that time!

I saw in Sunday’s Arizona Republic that Fountain Hills is hosting a resume workshop using Microsoft Word’s Resume Wizard. What a disservice to the public!

 


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