Tagged: Resume Mistakes
March 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm #299JeffAltmanCoachKeymaster
I’m back today with more no BS resume advice to help you develop a better resume, one that is going to get you more results.
I’m sorry I have to do this podcast because some of you just don’t get the point. Most of you get right, but a large number of you make a huge mistake that is incredibly annoying.
You write your resume and share it in small print, in ugly fonts, and enormous blocks that are completely unreadable. Understand, all of us who read resumes are reading lots of them. The statistics are that we make decisions, and 6 seconds. Do you know what I do when I get a blocky resume? I hit the delete key. I know a lot of other people do as well.
The reason is that you haven’t made it easy for me to find the experience that you have that is relevant to my clients. Do you think I’m going to sit there and read every word that you have written in that 6 or 8 point font in F-15 wine paragraph that you have written to find what I’m looking for?
No. You are supposed to accommodate me. You are supposed to accommodate the HR people in an organization, the hiring managers in an organization and make it easy.
What you should be doing your resume and is a comfortable sized font. I personally like 12; some people like 10. Take a look at it.
I have preference for certain phones but I get surprised sometimes by other fonts. I’m not going to make a font recommendation. I am again going to recommend a font that is sized at 10 or 12; I also recommend judicious use of white space. You don’t want to have your text go all the way out to the left side or all the way out to the right side. You want to be able to keep your text so that it has adequate whitespace so that it is easily viewable.
What is the easiest way to know whether it has adequate white space? After you have written a resume and have printed it out,, folded in thirds. Hand it to someone and say, “tell me the 1st thing your high lands on when you look at this.”
Time then for 6 seconds. Then, from there, turn it over to the next 3rd. Do the same thing.
Then, ask yourself, are these the points that you want the reader to really notice about? If not, you need to rework the resume so that the things that are really of value in the background that you want to be recognized for our easily visible to the reader. Without that, all you doing is throwing a bunch of stuff out there without consideration for the reader.
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