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Stupid resume mistakes

Beware of Resume Formatting Self-Sabotage – Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a resume formatting mistake too many job hunters make.


You know how there are different versions of Microsoft Word and Acrobat and if there are things that display differently in different versions of the software. Yet individuals insist on laying out that the resumes continued on the next page. And, when you're looking at it in a different version of word or Acrobat that was originally designed in, is in the wrong spot of the page.

For example, I was just speaking with someone and working with his resume, when I noticed that page 2 of 3 was listed about 1/3 of the way down on page 2, and page 3 of 3 was listed about half of the way down on page 3. Obviously, it doesn't look well I know it wasn't your intention.

Yes you can think to yourself, "Well, they will understand," but you put so much time and effort into your resume to give them 1/2 fast presentation of it. That wasn't what you set out to do. Don't sell.

Rather than do that, just avoid it. Avoid it altogether.

Avoid doing page numbering on your resume.

Someone else this morning send a resume that said, "Experience (continued." I know it was supposed to be at the top of the page, but instead it went up being about halfway down the page.

Avoid these sort of notations about where a continuation supposed to be in the document. They just don't work.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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