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Biggest Mistake on Resumes
The resume is the place where you can share why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. The problem is, most people use it like a dating profile. They put a lot of stuff on there, hoping that something will resonate with anyone with a pulse. They don’t have a specific match in mind.
I love mountain biking, watching TV, small towns, big cities, long walks on the beach, snowboarding, lazy Saturdays, adventure, ice-cream, kale, and looking for someone funny, serious, intelligent, adventurous, driven, laid back, to settle down into an adventure.
Certainly if I put enough buzz words on here, I’ll match up with someone. So, you cover every possible scenario where the final factor comes down to whether the person is breathing or not.
This is the same thing people do with their resumes. They put down any and everything without focusing on a specific job or person. If you aim for nothing, the saying says, you’ll hit it every time.
You need to make your resume stand out, but not in an obnoxious, printed on pink paper stand out. You want your resume to be the one the hiring manager remembers after fanning through all the stacks. Better yet, you want your resume to be the one they compare other resumes to.
Here’s my take on making your resume awesome AND effective.