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Resume Mistake: Too Much Information

Superman Say you're a recruiter, and you've just received a resume that includes a paragraph like this:

In my spare time, I am physically active. I run, mountain bike, play tennis, and I teach yoga on weekends. Physical activity keeps my body and mind in shape, and promotes balance and clarity in my life. I belong to a community theater and am active in productions, and I play bass in a band. I am an avid reader. I am a mother of two and gave birth to my second daughter between degrees; taking only 3 months off and continuing to work while taking classes, which shows my drive and tenacity to succeed!

What would you do?

This applicant is trying really hard to impress, and does seem to have a pretty impressive energy level and variety of interests. In spite of that, she's not going to go on a recruiter's or hiring manager's short list. (Not to mention that description of hers makes me think: when are you going to have time to do your job?)

There are many mistakes people make when resume writing, and Too Much Information is a definite mistake. Personal information is usually unnecessary and can even raise discrimination issues.

What you do in your spare time is a lot less important than what you can do for the company. What are your skills? What are your work accomplishments? What have you done that will demonstrate you'll be a great hire?

Remember your resume's audience: Who's reading your resume? What will show them that you'll be an asset to the company? Don't annoy employers with irrelevant resume information they have to sift through to find what's important to them. Because chances are, they won't.

What will grab an employer's attention in a positive way?  Quantification.

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Get That Sales Job Interview with a Keyword-Packed Resume

Resume-KeywordsTo get a recruiter's or a hiring manager's attention for a sales job, you need to pack your resume with keywords relevant to the sales arena you want. Recruiters, hiring managers, and Human Resource departments use computer searches and applicant tracking systems, searching with keywords to find resumes worth looking at further.

If you have experience, this should be relatively easy--but it would be a good idea to go ahead and check out job descriptions and listings to make sure you have the keywords they will use.

If you're new to the area and don't have much experience, you'll have to be a little more creative. (That does NOT mean you should lie on your resume. That's always a bad idea, and you're sure to be found out eventually.) You'll have to look outside of traditional job histories to get the keywords you need for a sales resume.

Potential sources for sales resume keywords:

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Please throw away my resume

“Please

Here are a few recycling activities I hope you're not participating in:

- Mailing your resume to an un-named person
- Asking your friends to take your resume to the office
- Handing out copies of your resume at job fairs
- Leaving copies of your resume at the front desk of local businesses

Yes, I agree these activities may periodically result in a job, however more often than not, they don’t result in value.

Here are a few activities that work better:

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Resume Power Boost – Get Keywords by Job Shadowing

JobShadowAre you trying to break into a new field or get a new job?  One way to give your resume a boost (and have a better chance of getting interviews) is to complete a job shadow of someone in your new field.

Job shadowing allows you to tag along with someone for the day, to learn what a typical day is like in their job.  It's also known as a field preceptorship, or a ride-along (especially accurate for going with sales reps on their routes).  It gives you a chance to see what it takes to work in and be successful in this new environment and ask questions throughout the day that will give you better insight into the work.

When you put your job shadowing experience on your resume, it gives you keywords that get your resume noticed.

For instance, if you were interested in learning how to get into medical sales, you would write about which doctors you called on, what the products involved were, and what kind of medical sales accounts they are.  The words you'll use are the kinds of keywords that will get your resume noticed by computerized tracking systems, and then read by recruiters and hiring managers.  The process is the same for whatever area you'd like to go into.

Read more about job shadowing here.

Being Relevant is How You Get Hired

Relevant

 

Put relevant information on your resume, and you’ll have a chance at getting hired. Ignore this point, and you’re wasting your time.

Too often job seekers email copies of their resumes to anyone and everyone with no true, honest concern for how their skills, experiences and expertise compare to the job requirements. This is such a waste of energy and, in part, the reason so many people get frustrated applying for jobs.

If your resume does not show recruiters how your skills, experiences, expertise and accomplishments are relevant to their needs, there is no chance in the world you’ll get that job. You need to show RELEVANCE.

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Stay at Home Moms: How to Hide the Glaring Employment Gap in Your Resume

resumeAs a stay-at-home mom, updating your resume is perhaps the most overwhelming task you’ll need to do after deciding to rejoin the workforce.

I know it’s a bit overwhelming and ironic to some extent, considering you’ve done well raising your kids – updating your resume should be a piece of cake, right?

It’s trickier than it seems. Sure, it’s easy to list your education and previous work before the kids came – but what comes next? How do you explain the huge gap from then ’til now?

That’s exactly what I’m going to help you do…
 
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Resume Review Pro App Is Now Available for Android!

Resume writing video app for iPhone and iPadWant a better, stronger resume that gets interviews?

This is the app that will help you get it.  It's super-easy, it's free, and it's available for Android!

Learn more on our website here:  Resume Review Pro App

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Resume Writing LIVE Webinar

 

If You Aren't Getting Interviews, You Need a Resume Review.

See How To Improve Your Resume To Get Interviews!

LIVE Resume Review
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Thursday, 31 Jul 2014
1:00 pm (GMT-4) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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In this in-depth resume training webinar, you will go through actual resumes with an expert to learn:

  • How to Write a Resume That Gets Interviews
  • The Correct Format, Length, and Style
  • What To Do With Your Objective Statement
  • How to Make Your Job History 'Sell' You
  • What To Do With Too Much (or NO) Experience
  • What To Do With Your References

You can even send in your own resume as a possible choice for live evaluation during the webinar.

This Interview-Getting Training is Absolutely Free…

AND you get 2 Bonus Gifts, too!

Gift #1... Just for registering

When you register, you’ll receive my Podcast – 10 Deadly Resume Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs. If you find (and correct) these common resume mistakes, it will dramatically improve your chances of getting interviews immediately.

 

Gift #2... Just for attending

At the webinar, you’ll receive my exclusive Podcast: How to Write an Attention-Getting Cover LetterThis podcast is filled with easy tips for writing a cover letter that compels them to read your resume and think positively about you.

 

Don’t Wait! Register Now.

Bragging on your Resume is OK (and Expected!)

file000546089304Are you bragging about yourself enough on your resume? I don't mean being fictitious or acting as an expert for something you’ve only done once, but more in a way of, ‘I excel at this and THAT is why you should hire me’.

One of the main things I notice with my clients and their existing resumes is that they don't BRAG enough about their accomplishments. They don't talk enough about what they've done above and beyond their daily responsibilities.

My data-mining system is C.A.R.-oriented. The C.A.R. methodology is this: Challenge, Action, Results. What Challenge did you face? What Action did you take to rectify it? And lastly, what were the Results? It is a very accomplishment-focused method and works very well in pulling you’re your accomplishments in an open-ended way. When I discuss this methodology with clients and ask them to sit down and write out their C.A.R. stories, I am amazed at the achievements that come pouring out. Many of us were raised to be humble about our accomplishments, not to be boastful. Remember, though, if you don’t let the reader know of what you’ve done, then why would they hire you? How do you stand out from the pile of candidates? You have to SELL YOURSELF.

Here are a few tips about bragging in a non-obnoxious way to get yourself noticed:
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Is It Your Age, or Is It Your Resume?

Account manager resume. Blue tint.Job seekers over 50 (and over 40) can run into real trouble getting job interviews. Before you assume it's age holding you back, make a few improvements to your resume.

With the right resume know-how, your age and experience will be a huge positive for you in the job search.

Try these tips below to redo your resume, then download my free Guide to Getting a Job Over 50 (pdf).

  • Keep Your Resume to 2 Pages or Less

One of the hardest things for older job seekers to do is edit your work history, but you absolutely must.  No resume should be longer than 2 pages, unless you are at the C-level.  A too-long resume says (1) "I don't know how to tailor my resume to highlight what's important for this job" and (2) "I am at least over 40 and probably over 50, which you can see from my long list of jobs."  The good news is that you have a wealth of experience to create a true marketing document for yourself.  That leaves you with no resume fluff--only impressive, attention-getting accomplishments tailored for each job you apply for.

Experience doesn't matter nearly as much as what you've accomplished.  How have you helped the companies you worked for make money or save money?  Describe those accomplishments using numbers, dollars, and percentages on your resume and you will have hiring managers (potential bosses) racing to interview you.

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Resume, Interview, and Job Search Apps on Amazon

 

Career Confidential now has 3 of our popular apps for your resume, interview, job search and medical sales job search available on Amazon!

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(Includes tips and examples for resumes and CVs.)

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Improve Your Resume – Free Resume Writing LIVE Webinar

 

If You Aren't Getting Interviews, You Need a Resume Review.

See How To Improve Your Resume To Get Interviews!

Resume Review
Resume Review
July
Thursday, 31 Jul 2014
1:00 pm (GMT-4) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
31

In this in-depth resume training webinar, you will go through actual resumes with an expert to learn:

  • How to Write a Resume That Gets Interviews
  • The Correct Format, Length, and Style
  • What To Do With Your Objective Statement
  • How to Make Your Job History 'Sell' You
  • What To Do With Too Much (or NO) Experience
  • What To Do With Your References

You can even send in your own resume as a possible choice for live evaluation during the webinar.

This Interview-Getting Training is Absolutely Free…

AND you get 2 Bonus Gifts, too!

Gift #1... Just for registering

When you register, you’ll receive my Podcast – 10 Deadly Resume Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs. If you find (and correct) these common resume mistakes, it will dramatically improve your chances of getting interviews immediately.

 

Gift #2... Just for attending

At the webinar, you’ll receive my exclusive Podcast: How to Write an Attention-Getting Cover LetterThis podcast is filled with easy tips for writing a cover letter that compels them to read your resume and think positively about you.

 

Don’t Wait! Register Now.

Your Resume: Save or Trash?

If your resume is not winning quality interviews, then consider that what you are sending out is ineffective.

Your resume has approximately 6 seconds to make a lasting impression. 5-4-3-2-1. That’s it! Then it’s either in the trash can or in the “save” folder to call for an interview.

Below are 3 quick questions to see if your resume can pass the 6-second “save or trash” test:

  1. Can your reader read it? If the font is too small and the reader needs reading glasses to see your phone number, do not expect a call.
  2. Did you define yourself? I recommend a header that makes it clear who you are, and how you want to be perceived. (Chief Marketing Officer, Director of Food and Beverage, Entry-Level Public Relations, etc.) If your reader needs to dig to see where you might fit into their organization, they will not bother and your resume is in the trash can.
  3. Have you immediately indicated the value that you have to offer? The profile is one of the most important components of a resume. If yours is filled with generic statements such as “Hard-working individual with 5 years of marketing experience…”, then you are headed for the “NO” pile. Employers want to know what you have to offer them and what you bring to the table. Your profile must be unique and quickly convince your reader that you are an exceptional candidate that brings value to the table.

In 6 seconds or less, can you convince a reader to keep reading? Re-read your resume and ask yourself if your document passes the “save or trash” test.

* Guest post by Michelle Riklan of Riklan Resources, Inc.

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 Write a Resume: How to Quantify Your Resume (e-Report)

 

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 Find a Job Fast: With This 7-Step Plan (e-Report)

 

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 LinkedIn: Use Your Profile To Attract Employers (e-Report)

 

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—That You Won’t Learn From LinkedIn

 

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 Cover Letters eReport: 17 Tips - How to Write Cover Letters

 

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 Brag Books: The Powerful "Reference" You Take With You To the Interview (e-Report)

 

“Wow” Them in the Interview with an
Impressive Portfolio of Accomplishments

 

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 "Sell Yourself" For the Job: What It Means To "Sell Yourself" for the Job (e-Report)

 

Stand Out and Get the Offer
When You Sell Yourself For the Job

 

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 Job Interview: Get The Job By Asking Two Critical Questions (e-Report)

 

Boost your chances of getting the job by 30%-40%
just by asking two simple, strategic questions in the interview.

 

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 Follow Up After The Interview: Beyond "Thank You" (e-Report)

 

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Interview Follow Up Plan

 

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 Salary Negotiations: How to Handle Questions About Salary (e-Report)

 

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guarantee you the best job offer possible.

 

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How Do I Get My Resume to Land on the Top of the Pile? (and to stay out of the trashcan) Tip #1 – Cut and Paste?

Can someone else cut and paste what you wrote and put it on their resume? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to re-write your resume.

A resume is a marketing tool. The #1 goal of a resume is to get an employer to call you and schedule an interview. Employers are looking at hundreds of resumes — so how do you get yours noticed?

If it has the same generic wording as everyone else, it will most likely go to the trashcan. Your resume should grab the reader’s attention and compel them to keep reading.

Showcase what you bring to the table and highlight your unique value. Employers want to know very specifically what you can do for them.

 * Guest post by Michelle Riklan of Riklan Resources, Inc., our newest Career Confidential Expert Partner!

 

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