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9:30 AM     Resume Advice from Netscape

Here's a great article originally from Netscape that has a lot of truth to it. Read it. Take it seriously. Then fix your resume!

Have a great week,



More than half of job seekers make this major resume blunder: Filling the page with vague phrases that are meaningless fluff and mumbo jumbo. The No. 1 vague phrase is "communication skills"--found on 12.5 percent of resumes. Coming in right behind it rare "team player," "driven" and "detail-oriented," according to Mike Worthington of ResumeDoctor.com. You may think these buzz words make you sound professional, but in fact they reveal nothing about you. Worthington's advice? Excise the words from your resume.

Now that your resume has all those holes in it where "communication skills" and "detail-oriented" used to be, what do you put in there? Worthington advises
job-seekers to use language that really offers specific details that quantify your successes, such as "grew the sales department by 68 percent" or "produced the payroll for 2,000 employees."

Here's a stunner: Most recruiters spend only 10 seconds reading a resume, so you had better make yours attention-getting. Remember, the resume doesn't get you the job. What it does do is get a prospective employer interested enough to contact you for an
interview. Worthington notes that the resume is a marketing tool. It advertises who you are and what you can do.

ResumeDoctor.com recently conducted a survey of 2,500 recruiters in the United States and Canada to find out their resume pet peeves. The recruiters represented
numerous industries, including engineering, information technology, sales and marketing, executive, biotech, healthcare, administrative, finance, and more.

Top 10 resume pet peeves:

1) Burying important information in the resume
2) Gaps in employment
3) Resumes written in either the first or third person
4) Lacking an easy-to-follow summary
5) Pictures, graphics, or URL links that no recruiter will call up
6) Resumes sent in .pdf, .zip files, faxed resumes, Web page resumes, mailed resumes, and resumes not sent as a Microsoft Word attachment
7) Poor font choice or style
8) Meaningless objectives or introductions
9) Lying or providing misleading information, especially in terms of education, dates, and inflated titles
10) Employer information not included and/or not telling what industry or product the candidate worked in

Good hunting!

DAN'S NOTE: Regarding the note above about "faxed resumes", there isn't a headhunter (or HR person, for that matter) that uses FAXed resumes any more. In some cases, a FAX can get you attention with an HR person (since you're the only one doing it), but if anyone asks you to FAX your resume, chances are they are blowing you off.

The only exception is if they need a signature for something or a handwriting sample (seen it happen!)

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