Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another stupid resume mistake. What would his Mother say?
Here's another 1 of those stupid resume mistakes that people make. They think they're fooling someone. But, as my mother used to say, "The only person you are fooling is yourself."
Here's the mistake.
You have a resume that says 2010 - 2013 and where you work. Then it says 2014 to present or 2013 to present.
Right off the bat, both corporate and third-party recruiters believe that you are trying to pull the wool over their eyes. No one likes that. If your hiring manager and you see resumes like that, your 1st reaction is, "How long were the out of work?" Right?
Why do you thing it's any different when it is you that is involved?
But the months in. It is going to come out, it's not like you are fooling anyone. Just put the months in your resume along with the year, let's get right out on the table.
If it is going to be an issue for someone on the resume, I can assure you that it is going to be an issue for them in person. They're going to go through the dates before they go through anything else, just to find out what you have been lying about or withholding from them.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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