So, a few weeks back, I wrote a post entitled “How To Stick Out in the Stack” about some observations I had while reviewing resumes at work.
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And in that post, I warned you that I may come up with some more “do’s and don’ts” in preparing your resume. Well, I’ve got some more. So here we go!
1. Email Address. I don’t care so much whether your email address is a “hotmail” address or a “yahoo” address, what I do care about is what comes before the little “@” symbol. A few weeks back, I kid you not, we had an application with the email address “grannyonthego”. The email addresses you think are sooo funny or sooo cute say a TON about you, whether you mean them to or not. addresses that reference your supposed prowess with the ladies, your questionable hobbies, or any body parts probably aren’t going to impress your prospective employer. Stick with your name if possible.
2. Spelling. I feel like this shouldn’t even have to be addressed, but believe me, it does. Spelling is imperative. It doesn’t matter if you are the absolute best candidate for the job you apply, if you can’t spell (or at least work ‘spell check’), you’re probably not going to get an interview. It’s also imperative that you know the difference between to, too, and two, as well as where, wear, and ware, and which and witch. I think you get the idea. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar matter. Use spell check, have a friend or family member proofread it, heck, email it to your old high school english teacher. Just make sure you don’t sabotage yourself over something so stupid.
3. Flowers. I hope you take pride in how your resume looks. I hope you care that it looks nice. But I also don’t want to get a resume that is so flowery, foofy and busy that I have a tougher time finding the information I am looking for than finding Waldo in a Where’s Waldo book! You’re selling yourself, your personality and your skill set, not an art project. So don’t get so caught up in making your resume an art piece that your prospective employer can’t ascertain what your skills and abilities are!
As Dan Miller teaches, your resume’s only purpose is to sell you enough to get an interview. So make sure that your resume not only makes you look like a million bucks, but that it doesn’t create roadblocks to your getting an interview.
Question: How important is the impression that your resume gives to an employer?
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