Today I wanted to cover something that I have seen a lot of.
Every week, I get maybe five resumes for a position I am trying to fill. Three people aren’t even remotely qualified. One looks great on paper, but they never call me back after I respond, then there is THE ONE.
The one who looks great on paper, the one with the relevant experience in the industry. See? It says so right there, “XYZ company, 2010 to present.”Then I call the one, and I say, “so you are still with XYZ company, correct?” Then I get a response, “well, no, not since 2012.”
I correct them and say, “but your resume says “XYZ company since 2010.”
“Oh, that’s an old resume”
“But you sent it to me YESTERDAY.”
So now I have to drag out of the candidate just what they have been doing in the two years since they left XYZ company, and it never fails. They struggle to remember years, dates, companies, duties, etc.
I am here to tell you that this makes job seekers look lazy or careless. Maybe both. If I am feeling generous, I can allow for maybe thinking that if you don’t act NOW, the opportunity might evaporate, and you just want your name in there.
–One of the few success tips I can share is you want your name in there, but you don’t want to appear lazy or careless.
This stuff matters, folks. I have seen everyone, from scientists to blue collar laborers do this, and it’s not acceptable. When you make hiring authorities dig things out of you, you run the risk of them running your duties / responsibilities / outcomes through their “filter”, and the information they come up with might not be what you want them to think. OR They might decide it’s not worth the trouble, and neither are you.
Another success tip is when you see the “perfect” position for you, take a second and update your own resume. Ask yourself, does this piece of paper accurately reflect what I am doing now, and is it of interest to the hiring authority for THIS opportunity?
Don’t worry about missing anything. Take it from me, no matter where a company is in their search, all resumes get read, but only good ones get phone calls.
I know this is a lot of work, but you want to win, right?
Until next time, I wish you all the best.
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
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