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How to Sabotage Your Job Search Part 1

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you one of the most effective ways to sabotage your job search.


Here is the technique. You want to do it? It is your prerogative. I think you are crazy but people seem to do it all the time.

You don't put your city, state or ZIP Code on your resume. You have a phone number on your resume that doesn't correlate with where you live.

Do you think were searching all the time based upon your phone number or are we searching by where you are living and, most likely, ZIP Code? ZIP Code is how the systems are set up. If you work in technology, you are an idiot if you don't know it. I received yet the hundredth resume this week of someone who did not put their location on the resume. The only reason I know that they are in the Bay area is that you happen to mention it in an email you sent to me. But, your resume has a phone number the correlate to someplace in upstate New York.

No address. No ZIP Code. No city state. No nothing! We are supposed to know that this phone number is actually located in the Bay area.

If you want to sabotage your job hunting for now and for years to come, please continue to not put your ZIP Code on your resume or your city, state and ZIP Code on your resume. I understand that you are concerned about identity theft and put your actual street address, I understand. But not having a ZIP Code? Come on! Give me a break!

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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