The Simplest Résumé Hack (VIDEO)

 

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers simple advice for writing a great resume using this hack.

Summary

I will give you some no BS job search advice in the form of a resume hack. This is going to be a simple way to write resumes.

When most people write a resume, then write his master resume and they prune out everything that is not going to be relevant and then mail out the same resume to every job that they apply to. Like the broken watch that is right twice a day, it works sometimes but no where near often enough.

Here's the solution to the issue. It requires that you take the time to think of everything that you've done professionally.

What I want to do is to write this 1 grand master resume. It has everything in it that you have done – – role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if you are in IT, the technology that you have utilized. It also includes the revenue that is been generated by your work and/or the resume saved by your work.

Once you have that master, and it could be 10 pages long for all I care, but it's most important for you to start with your most recent job, work backward, and then create this master document.

Then, as you apply to things, as you submit your resume to friends who tell you about opportunities, I want you to prune out irrelevant things and call attention to the major things that you've done that relate to that specific job.

Some of you are going to say, "Gee! That sounds like a lot of work!" In fact, it isn't a lot of work. It is a lot more work to edit all the time than if you have a master document for which you are pruning each time into something useful for an employer.

After all, when you buy a personal computer (if you still buy them), it was a big deal when plug and play technology was introduced. What's that? All the devices could be plugged into any computer and you could create something customized based upon the need of the individual buyer.

If the manufacturer was deciding everything that you needed, you would wind up with a lot of unnecessary things and a lot of unnecessary cost in your device. By creating plug and play, you got a customized system based upon your unique needs.

The same is true with a resume. You need to, deliver a customized product for every single job that you apply to. If you think that's a lot of work. Let me ask you a question. Is a lot of work from your vantage point. To do this and "risk" getting a $15,000 or $20,000 raise or $25,000 or, for you veteran people, $50,000 or $75,000 increase? I don't think so. When all is said and done, it is not a big deal.

Write the master. Create this enormous document. Call attention to every little bit of substance that you have done. Then, each time that you are submitting your resume, take the relevant parts of it per employer, pull it into a separate resume and submitted to that firm. That's what you do. That's the simplest hack I can give you for resume writing because what you are doing up until this point isn't working, is it?

Try my way. It does 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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Stupid Resume Mistakes: A Few Doozies!


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Here are a few of the dumb things that people do with their resumes where people hurt themselves. All the corrections are easily avoidable.

Summary

Today, I have some of those stupid resume mistakes that way too many people make that I want to intercept you about.

Don't write this enormous 10 page or 5 page resume. No one is going to read it. No one cares about what you did in The Stone Ages. Get concise. Think about what the hiring manager is looking for; focusing on that.

2. There are instructions about how to submit your resume. If they want a PDF, send them a PDF. If they want a Word file, send them one.It's really that simple. Make sure your resume demonstrates a fit for the requirements. So often, the standard generic resume that you are going to be submitting does a poor job of doing that. Laser in. Focus in on what they are looking for. Make sure your resume actually demonstrates the fit. Do this, ideally, within the 1st half to three quarters of the 1st page of the resume.

3. . You have an email address that shows you are a mass murderer. I'm looking to give examples; I'm just going to say that some people's email addresses are insane! Don't have a stupid email address.

4. Another thing people do is write that "References are available upon request." Everyone knows that you are filling space when you put that in the resume and that you are trying to Balance it out. It is better to put 3 lines of information instead of using that stupid statement.

5. The opposite problem is that you actually put references on your resume! Way too often, unfortunately, what you are doing, Especially if you're sending it to a third party recruiter, You are giving them people that they going to try to call and recruit Or trying to get referrals to fill their position. Yes, you may be a potential candidate, but they are trying to fill the job and will feel better if They have 4 candidates to submit. 1 of them may or may not be you and you are giving them leads a people who they might be able to contact.

6. You decided to design your resume in order to make it look HOT! If you are not a designer, you don't really know what you are doing. Don't put a resume in that has different fonts and designs, titles and colors. Stick to a pretty traditional approach with great information in the 1st half to three quarters of the 1st page of your resume. When you're doing design and don't know what you're doing, most of you think you have an artistic quality about you, but you don't. The result is that you look like you are sending a ransom note people. Don't do that. Conversely, I am not a big fan of templates. I know most readers aren't either.There are a lot of things that get embedded in templates, particularly in Word that make a resume look ordinary.Templates are also difficult to parse if the company is in putting it into their applicant tracking system. Resume templates are not ideal because most of them use frames that they could make it difficult to parse and annoying to input into their systems.

7. In addition, if you're not using a template (which I don't want you to do), don't use embedded headers in the resume.

That could include your name, address and phone number or page 2 of 2. Things along those lines. There are a few reasons why. Sometimes, the systems have trouble reading it and when they parse resumes into their ATS, sometimes, the systems have parsing what is in the embedded headers. They are not going to go back manually to rekey it. In other words, you are causing a problem for them for government reporting and for a few other things. If they can't get your resume into their system, they have no way of finding you at a later date if another position opens up. You want to make that part of it easy.

In addition, sometimes when you use embedded headers, things don't line up properly. Suddenly you have page 2 of 2 on the bottom of page 1 because different versions of word lineup differently.
Also, that page 2 of 2 or page 2 of 3, that was a necessity when you are sending paper documents. These days, you are sending everything through email and thus the need to tell them what page it is or that you have a three-page resume isn't necessary anymore. Get rid of that and don't do that silly thing about what page they are on.

The next thing is that sometimes (and this is mostly true for less experienced workers), you feel compelled to list every job that you had and you taken something temporarily at the drycleaner in your neighborhood or at Starbucks and drew his attention away from the last relevant job that you had which is really what they care about. No one cares that during the last 4 months you been working at the drycleaner if you're trying to fill in IT, position or engineering job or something like that. Better than not have it there. Better to have a simple line that says or*next to the date of your most recent relevant work that draws them to words that say, "during the time I've not been working in IT, I've been working a non-IT related function.” Don't list your position at the drycleaner or at the Starbucks.

8. Too much information, particularly personal information. Why would someone put into their resume (I saw this last week) that they are single, married or divorced. I'm going to expand this to include gender, age, race… What have you. Personal statistics like this are difficult for an employer to handle because it puts them at risk for discrimination accusations. Don't put picture on your resume although I know that in some parts of the world that is ideal because you want to show yourself to be a professional looking individual, on a US centric resume, don't have a picture. Don't have intensely personal information there.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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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.

Summary

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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Naming Your Resume File | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how you should name your resume before you start to email it to people.

Summary

I get tons of resumes. You save them. You have to rename them. That's because all of you take no time and name your resume, "resume.doc." That's a big help in finding your resume. Your is a very simple convention for naming your resume.

Ready?

1st name.last name.resume.doc

Really simple, isn't it? 1st name. Last name.resume.doc or put – 's between each of them.

Your resume needs to be found easily. Naming it resume.doc does nothing to help people find you in the morass of her applicant tracking systems, and the morass of our Outlook files. Just change the naming.

If you are sending a cover letter, I'm not good tell you to do the same thing. there. Only put the cover letter as the body of your email instead of as a separate file.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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No B. S. Resume Advice: Templates?


In this short video, Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter attempts to discourage you from using resume templates.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about resume templates. 1st of all, there are millions of them all over the web. Frankly, don't use them. I'm going to make it that simple. Don't use them. Here's why.

1. You have to comply with their format. Yes, you can look for lots of different formats. You really want to take that time?

2. The issue is that the template or the format. The issue is the content that you are putting in. You may think is attractive and presents very nicely, but it may cause problems for the reader. All of us, whether a corporation or a recruiting firm, are using applicant tracking systems. We are looking to parse data. We are not manually rekeying things. We don't want to copy your resume and pasted into your system. Whether a corporate recruiter or an agency recruiter, all the software is designed to parse resumes into particular fields. A lot of the templates have embedded headers. That can cause a problem because a lot of applicant tracking systems have trouble reading embedded header. They have to manually rekeying your information. You are now officially a pain in the ass.

3. Some people aren't cognizant of how the resume fits into the template. Sometimes, I see resumes that are cut off midfield or midsentence because a person didn't pay attention the fact that the sentence that they were writing didn't fit into the field correctly for the template that they were using. As a result, the sentence scrolls out of view. As a result, you always have to take a look at it.

4. The real issue is about parsing and ensuring that your resume is parsable by all of us who receive it. For large companies, the issue becomes about government reporting. They may delete your resume if it doesn't parse.

If you're using the template, you may have problems that you will never be conscious of, but are impacted by. If you're sending it to a recruiting firm, you don't want to be a problem resume to them and frankly, most of the template so you can look that good.

It is fine to copy the look of the template, but don't actually use one.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Do You Have an H-1b Visa? Don’t Make This Mistake

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discuss is a Common resume mistake people make who are working in the US under an H-1b visa. This mistake causes people to anger individuals who were there to help them for jobs.

Summary

Let me be blunt with you. Like a resume from someone who appears only have been the US for a few years, I already know that you are working in the United States on a visa. All I have to do is confirm. Why? Very simply, is because my clients tell me whether they will or will not transfer a visa.

Speaking to you, how many of you have ever heard of someone who is gotten hired by an employer who did not want to do a visa transfer? Who at the beginning of the search said, "No Visa Transfers" and then turned around and said, "you know, this person is so extraordinary. We'll transfer their visa!"

It doesn't. The one miracle case is usually exactly that – – the one miracle case because in my 40+ years of doing search, I never heard of one. Just put it on your resume.

I understand if you don't have a lot of time left on your visa, there is a certain urgency that you have. I get that. At the same time, understand the impact is that you are wasting a lot of people's time for no point whatsoever. I may run an ad that indicates that my clients want someone with the legal right to work in the United States , and are unwilling to transfer a visa. Why are you sending a resume to that? Other people do their version of that.

At the end of the day, make it easy for everyone because not doing that is just a huge time suck.

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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Explaining Employment Gaps in Your Résumé (VIDEO)

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to explain how to discuss the gap in your employment history.

Summary

Today, let's talk about how to deal with that gap in your resume . . . You know, that time in your background were took you 5 months, 8 months, 7 months . . . whatever it is to find a new position 3 years ago. How do you deal with that interruption your experience?

Some people have this silly idea that they are supposed to lie and cover it up. I must in all honesty tell you it doesn't work anymore. Employers are cooperating with one another and do background checks post-employment (after you join their firm). They will send a note to your previous employer and say, "So, Jane told us in their application that you work for your firm for such and such period of time. Does that seem somewhat accurate?" If they find inconsistency in your job application, it is grounds for termination. They can't keep you on board because, frankly, lying can get them into trouble.

Imagine for a 2nd that you are employed by them and commit some sort of crime. For example, you work on Wall Street and trade grandma's life savings down to zero. Can you imagine what happens when a lawyer gets a hold of the firm and asks, "you knew he lied on his employment application and you still kept them on board!" How do you think that would play out in the courts?

Employers have a very simple policy. They will terminate you. They will terminate you without any warning whatsoever. What they will do is meet you at your desk with security and hand you a box with your personal things and send you on your way. You don't want that to happen. Here's how you deal with it.

When you have a gap in your background, you use the cover email that you send your resume in (these are like the old cover letteyrs people use to mail the resume with. Today, that is the message area of your email) to sell yourself.

You might write in the cover email, "I'm forwarding my resume to you because I was recommended by so-and-so, you told me that your position for such and such." Or, you might say, "I saw your ad on such and such site that told me that you trying to hire such and such type of person. "

The 2nd paragraph my talk about your qualifications and how your background fits the role. The 3rd 1 might say something like, "you may notice my job history that for years ago I was unemployed for 6 months. During that time, the on the economy was terrible and they found it difficult to find work. Ultimately, I was able to land a job with another organization. "

Or, you might just simply say, "I had an injury at that time. I was in a car accident and had surgery. It was impossible for me to work." Or you might talk about how you assisted your dying mom during the last 6 months of her life. These are pretty common stories that employer hears.

Another one that they here is, "I took a package to leave my organization. I decided that I had not had a lengthy vacation since I was in college and decide to take 4 months to travel in China before coming back and resuming my career." What ever it is, do that in the 3rd paragraph and then come back and sell yourself in the remainder of the cover email.

This is the easiest way to deal with the gap in your background. Then, you have to remember what you told them in your email. So when you meet with them in person and raise the subject, they are looking for consistency. Thus, if you talk about that vacation that you took, you say, "I know a lot of people would find it difficult to believe, it was 1 of the great 4 months of my life. I love my work, but it was an opportunity to travel. I had money in the bank and decide to take advantage of this time." You just speak to them in a way that sounds absolutely sincere.

This is the easiest way to deal with the gap in the background.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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Two Ways to Brand Yourself | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers two ways to brand yourself as a superior candidate in your resume.

Summary

There are 2 thoughts that came to mind this morning. The 1st 1 is you know how you sometimes get these awards, sometimes it was in school. If you are less experienced person; sometimes is a corporate award. The issue of listing the award isn't that you got the award or that you're putting the award on your resume. The problem is that there is no context for the award.

For example, if you received a scholarship, if you received the award while you were in school and said something to the effect of, "sole recipient of the Such and Such Award,. 4100 individuals submitted their qualifications. I was the sole recipient of the award." That gives people the context for how special it was. For the corporate award, if you talk about what you did to receive the award and if you know how many others were put up for that award and that they chose you (for you are 1 of 5 recipients), they give you a real opportunity to stand out in the reader' s mind. Otherwise, they don't know what they are reading their or its import and how you competed to get this award.

Do that sort of a technique in order to stand out.

Lastly, if you are doing temp work, if you are doing consulting, and you want to brand yourself and your resume, don't put the name of the temp agency there. If no one is ever heard of it. I don't care if it is a big local temp agency or consulting firm, look at the brand of the client that you work that during this assignment. That may be the bigger brand that's going to get more recognition.

For example, if you work for (I'm just making up this name) Big Temp Agency and you are at Coca-Cola as a client, which one do you think you should put on the resume? Answer. Coca-Cola. Then, in the body underneath Coca-Cola, you indicate you are a consultant at Coca-Cola for such and such agency.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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More Advice About Resumes That Get Results (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers more advice for creating resumes that get results.

Summary

Today, I'm going to give you a little bit more, no BS resume advice.

Let me start by asking, "do you enjoy receiving spam?" You know, all that garbage will receive an email… Thousands and thousands of pieces of garbage that waste our time. It's ridiculous!

I don't like receiving it anymore than you do but most people are too lazy to tailor their resume to demonstrate how they fit the job that they are submitting their resume for. Instead, they flip their resumes like they are burgers at a fast food restaurant. Over and over again, they are spamming resumes that are a colossal waste of time. I don't know about you, but when I was doing recruiting, I was reading 300 resumes a day! I don't have a lot of time to waste..

My clients were asking me to find people with specific backgrounds. If you're thinking I'm going to call 300 people and asked them, "Have you done this? Have you done that?" I'm not. I don't have the time.

Do the math on my schedule. On a light day, I'm receiving 150 resumes plus lots of emails, following up on interviews from hiring managers trying to find out more about people that they have been interviewing. There's a lot of work that I do and I just don't have the time.

I think what you'll find is if you tell your resume to demonstrate the fit that your experience has with the job requirement, you are going to get a lot more results.

You may say, "I don't really know a lot about the job. I need to know more in order to tailor it."

Bull. What you have is a job description, you saw something on the web that prompted you to send your resume, you just didn't gratuitously send it, right? Tailor your resume. Use the keywords to tailor your resume. I'm telling you, you're going to get results. You are not going to waste people's time.

If you are not sure if your background fits, you can politely send your resume, saying, "I saw this job. I'm not sure if my background is perfect for it. This is what my background has that fits it. This is where I am not sure."

If you just want to send resumes to people who are in your area (by that I mean, people who are recruiting for positions in the field that you work in), you seen a job description and want to put a resume in a recruiter's hands, in the subject line, put the phrase "On Spec." Don't just simply submitted as though your background fits the particular job. If you do, all you're doing is wasting people's time.

If you do that with corporations, do you think you are going to get results? I don't. If you do that with third-party recruiters, all that, they will probably do is hit the delete key or imported into their database. Come on! Save us all some time.

My advice for today is to tailor your resume. Make the fit obvious. Pretend that a 4-year-old is going to read your resume (Frankly, there are a lot of recruiters who have the experience of 4-year-olds). Do that and you're going to get more results.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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How Do I Successfully Pad My Resume?


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Someone wrote to me with the question and this is my way of responding to them and the question is, “How do I successfully pad my resume?”

It seems that this person has a four year gap in the background during which time they took some college classes and dealt with some mental health issues and had been on disability. Actually, it seemed lies they are currently on disability the way it’s written.

So I’ll just start by saying it starts off with your own thoughts about yourself. You describe this period as “padding my resume” versus you had an illness and I’m well enough to return to work and would like to do so.

Now if you think you’ll be able to return at the same level, compensation, and a variety of other variables as existed 4 years ago, there you’re kidding yourself. You will not be able to do that. Firms are not going to suddenly assume that after 4 years you know exactly as much as he did before and you are is capable of you were 4 years ago.

If you did not drive a car for 4 years and got behind the wheel of one, it might feel little awkward . . . and the same id going to apply to you returning to the workforce. From their vantage point, it’s not about padding; it’s talking about what you did the last 4 years “I had an illness. I’m returning to work. It’s really that simple.

Are going to love that? No. Not every firm is going to be excited to interview you for obvious reasons, but the right firm will and that’s the most important thing I can say to you. The right firm is good be interested in your background despite the four year gap.

So stop referring to this this as padding your resume as though you are going to con someone into a job. Instead, think of it is as taking this issue straight on, knowing that some people are going to be pleased with what you explain to them; some firms will never be convinced; and the right firm will.

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