You have been told what to do as a job seeker, but what about what not to do? Below are some examples of bad advice. What is the worst advice you have been given?
DON’T INCLUDE A SUMMARY OR OBJECTIVE
You’ve probably heard that you should not include a Summary or Objective. The Summary or Objective at the top of your resume tells the reader, “This person knows who s/he is, what s/he’s done, and why it matters.”
TELL US EVERYTHING
Long-winded resumes are a liability. A resume should be 2 pages maximum when printed. (Academic CVs, curriculum vitae, are another story.) Limit your resume to what’s most noteworthy or relevant.
Do you use phrases like “think outside the box” or “cross-functional multi-faceted team member” with your friends? Neither do I. Write your resume the way you speak.
DON’T EVER POSTPONE A PHONE SCREEN
Schedule a time that works well for you, not just the potential employer. A good employer will give you a list of times that will work.
DON’T BRING UP MONEY
You shouldn’t put your salary requirements at the top of your resume, but you should bring up money by the second interview, and let the employers know what your salary requirements are.
SEND YOUR RESUME VIA AN ONLINE JOB AD OR THE COMPANY WEB SITE, ONLY
The shotgun approach only works when you’re hunting for dinner. Successful job-seekers use friends, LinkedIn contacts, and anybody else in their network to locate and reach out to contacts inside a target employer.
NEVER SEND A PAPER RESUME
Yes, we are a wired world, but the response rate can be higher for a paper resume, and the approach can be considered friendlier. A surface-mail letter may get you an interview in a case where an e-mail would get ignored or spam-filtered.
WAIT FOR THEM TO CALL YOU
Be proactive! Call and follow-up on the resumes you’ve sent. Your resume is in a stack with 150 others, and if you don’t push it up the pipeline, no one will.