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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers effective resume advice that will keep you from annoying the people screening your resume. No jokes. No B.S..
I want to talk with you today about 2 of my resume pet peeves. The 1st 1 is embedding your contact information into the header of your resume. I'm not speaking about not having it there; I'm talking about using the embedding feature in Microsoft Word to place your contact information. The 2nd peeve is separating your phone number from your resume. It's all part of the same thing.
As someone who was a recruiter for many years, whether I speak as a third-party recruiter or as a corporate recruiter, we are all using parsing software. After all, did you really think we were really typing your resume to get them into our database? Of course not. 1 of the things that embedding your contact information into your resume may do is cause someone to need to manually parse that information. That is, open up the embedded header, , close it, paste, select all, copy, paste… Come on! Be considerate! You may think it looks good but it is a pain in the rear!
Same thing with separating the phone number. I just saw a resume a few minutes ago. The person puts the name and email address on the resume. I then have to go find where they put their phone number and if they provide me with the phone number. I found in the message area of, their email. Okay. They provided it. By then have to copy it into the resume or copied into my database. It doesn't sound like much but I'm reading 300 resumes a day! HELP ME HELP YOU!
I'm selling for 11. I'm trying to help a lot of people who are out of work find work. I'm trying out my clients find people to hire. It's a pain in the rear! Make it easy it easy for all of us and stop doing the stupid little things that waste people's time.
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