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interview follow-up

When to Follow Up | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 946  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains when to follow up after an interview and when to follow up on your résumé. 

Summary

So, you have a phone interview, you have had and in person interview, you haven't heard anything. When you check in with them?. When do you follow-up?

Ideally, during your interview, you asked the interviewer, "When do you think I might hear about next steps? What would next steps be in your process?" Asking the question accomplishes several things. 1st of all, it gives you a guideline. It gives you a sense of when you should follow up. So, if they say, "Where to finish this round of interviews in the next 5 days." Great! You know on day 6 or 7 it is appropriate to check in with them. Sometimes they will tell you that they had a cancellation or are not quite ready yet to make a decision. That's okay. What you're able to do is follow their timeline, check in with them, because you really have your permission to do so if they told you that there can be interviewing for another 4 or 5 days.

How should you follow-up?

There are several different ways to do this. 1st of all, you can send an email. The email is very simple. It basically says, "Hi! When we spoke, you mentioned that you would be making a decision about next steps in the next 4 or 5 days. I wanted to see whether you are ready to make that call (by using the word "call" I am using slang for "decision"). I am hoping to hear from you about next steps." Then sign off on it.

You can make a phone call. Again, if you leave voicemail, your voice has to be crisp. You can't just simply say, like you, making it up on the fly; it is almost like having an interview. You have to the script for yourself that basically says, "Hi! It's (fill in your name). We met about a week ago (we spoke about a week ago) , at which time you told me you might be making a decision around now about next steps and who would be invited back. I hope to hear from you. I would like to be part of that group that you invite back. Obviously, I'd like to be the person that you choose. Please call me at…" And leave your phone number 4 them. Real simple. Keep it simple and to the point.

In general, I want to be clear, I am not talking about calling on Monday morning at 9 AM. It is a horrible time to call. No one wants to hear from anyone. They're coming in off of the weekend and checking in with one another.

"Hi! How was your weekend?"
"Fine! How was your weekend?"
"Great! What did you do?"

It is all that obvious that the people do as a matter of normal course it in an office. Certainly a Monday late morning/Monday early afternoon is fine. Friday afternoons? Not good. People just trying to get out the door and spend some time with their families. Even if you're talking to someone in the restaurant business, Friday afternoons is a busy time for them. It goes into their we can schedule which is the busiest time. Avoid Friday afternoons. Monday morning at 9 AM? Not good. 10 AM or 10:30 AM? That is fine. , Do that.

One more thing. This isn't about following up on interview is just about following up in general. 1 of the most annoying things that people do is on Monday mornings at 8:30 AM, 9:15 AM,, early Monday mornings, they placed a phone call or send that email that says, "Hi! Anything going on?" Of course, there is. Come on. Give us a break.

If what you are trying to do is remind us that you're still looking for a position, be clean about it. Be honest about it. Just basically say, "we haven't spoken in a while. I just wanted to remind you that I am interesting and hope to hear from you about next steps.." It is really that simple.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all 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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Avoid Creating “a Franken-Resume” (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discourages you from creating “a Franken-resume.”

Summary

What is a "Franken-resume?"

It is a hodgepodge from an old resume to something that you it into updated... And the old stuff doesn't matter anymore. As a result, it is like a Frankenstein resume.

Think about it. If you look back at your resume at the things you did 5 years ago, 10 years ago, does it even matter? What matters about it to people? I guess the
on this show, Marcus Ronaldi,commented that some old resumes master email. 20 years ago, that mattered. Do you think anyone cares today that you mastered email?

Your resume may have some of that old, legacy kind of comments in it and you haven't looked at in the neck context. All you have been doing for years is probably one update on top of another, haven't changed the tenses on the old information to the past tense, and now today you have a Franken-resume.

Before you send a resume out to people, if you have updated it with new information, start at the very end of your resume and work your way forward. You will be more patient with yourself. If you do it that way that if you work from the top and work your way back in time. Trust me. I've seen so many people do this and it works much better.

Again, make sure your resume isn't a hodgepodge of antiquated stuff that makes you look obsolete anyway. Pay attention to what is written. Change the tenses and update it well.

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.”

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


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

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.”

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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The Companion Mistakes People Make with Their Resume | Job Search Radio


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses mirrors mistakes people make with your resume.

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.”

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com
and then forward your question to the same address.

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4 Steps to Getting Better Resume Results (Lose 25 Pounds, Grow Hair and Lose 3 Inches Of Belly Fat)

Before it closed last year in anticipation of a move to its new home, I took my son to The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York for lunch. One of the owners, Alex, is an old friend and my son and I hadn’t been back to New York for a few years since moving to North Carolina. Everything came together beautifully.

We sat at the bar with Alex and ordered lunch. The appetizer arrived for each of us. My son looked at it.

“It’s beautiful!”

We ate it, an entrée and dessert and each time he exclaimed how wonderful each item looked and tasted.

Each dish was beautifully prepared, plated and presented with a discerning eye to how a guest would receive it.

When an employer asks for a menu to order a new hire, s/he is not looking for a Quarter Pounder or Big Mac. They want something aesthetically beautiful that delights just like my son was delighted by each dish.

They want something special.

Is every job description you read the same? No.

Is every job you submit your resume to the same? Of course, they aren’t. 

If all these job descriptions are different, why do you submit the same resume as though you are flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant? 

Every day, people send the same generic resume out as though each position was identical and each employer was attempting to hire identical skills and attributes. Too often, the results they receive are like the broken watch that is right twice a day—hit or miss success.

They list their name, phone numbers and email address, list an objective, education, and chronology of experience with dates of employment. The resume includes some successes or accomplishments. This is their resume.

In the days prior to computers when changing a resume required you to re-type different versions, this made sense. Today, when computers allow you to customize, spell and grammar check documents so easily, you are missing out on opportunities and costing yourself money by being lazy and not tailoring your resume for each opportunity you are interested in. You are not serving a beautiful meal. You are preparing a Quarter Pounder!

Here are several steps that you can do to improve your resume and get better results.

 1.    Each employer will be interested in different attributes of your experience. They often indicate it by the items they describe in their job ad or the recruiter described to you. Emphasize the experiences that you have that relate to the skills being sought and the functions you will perform in the job they will ask you to perform. If you are applying for a staff position, emphasize your staff experience and minimize your management experience. If you are being hired to be a leader, write about your recent leadership.

2.    Employers are more interested in recent work, rather than work you did many years ago. Use more space in your resume to highlight recent experience, rather than things you did before Barack Obama became President.

3.    Like setting a goal where you make them specific, measurable, achievable within a specific period of time, describe your successes or achievements concretely. Reducing costs is a nice start but it is more powerful to describe something as reducing operational costs globally by 2%. Increased departmental sales by 27% resulting in . . . You get the idea. Use action verbs wherever possible

4.    Ask someone you trust to critique what you’ve written. Too often, people believe that they can do everything by themselves without asking for help. Ask a friend in your industry to critique what you’ve written to insure you’re on target and aren’t missing the mark.

If you were buying a sports car and the car salesman started showing you a minivan, you would probably scratch your head and ask, “Uh, excuse me but I want to see a sports car.

“But this is a great car!”

“And I want a sports car..”

Every day, job hunters try to sell minivans to sports car owners. Their resume in no way, shape or form fits the requirement and they become indignant at not hearing anything from the employer or recruiter.

You’ve served them a Quarter Pounder when they wanted something special.

One more thing. If you follow these instructions, you will feel better about yourself, lose 25 pounds instantly and take 3 inches off your waist. The growing hair stuff is wishful thinking on my part.

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2017

 

If you liked this article, read, “Should I Stay or Should I Go. Playing ‘The Counteroffer Game'”

 

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 Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterAdvice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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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.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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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.”

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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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.

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.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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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.”

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!​​

 

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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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