25 things to never put on your résumé

The résumé is a two-page marketing pitch document. The purpose: To get you an interview. And no, the résumé is not to get you a job; it’s the job interview that is meant to provide you with a job opportunity and offer.

The CV is a long-many-page document that I call the Career Balance Sheet. It’s a document you keep for yourself, and from which you copy the relevant information and paste on to a two-page résumé. That way, the résumé becomes a summary of your CV.

Like anything else in our daily lives, fashion keeps changing. Look back 10 or 20 years and notice how cars, buildings, clothing, hairstyle, and so on, looked like. Even the once-popular font Times New Roman is out.

The Business Insider published a great article on what the modern résumé looks like; and more importantly, what you definitely do not include. For the detailed version of the article, click the link at the end of this story.

25 things to never put on your résumé

  1. Don’t put an “objective” on your résumé.
  2. Leave irrelevant work experience out.
  3. Don’t put your hobbies on your résumé.
  4. Don’t lie.
  5. Putting your age on your résumé could be a hindrance.
  6. Don’t disclose upcoming vacations on a résumé.
  7. Remove inconsistent formatting.
  8. Don’t use ‘I’.
  9. Refrain from using the present tense to talk about a past job.
  10. Don’t use a less-than-professional email address.
  11. You don’t need to put “Phone” before showing your mobile/cell number.
  12. Your résumé is not the place for headers, footers, tables, images, or charts.
  13. Don’t include your boss’ name on your résumé.
  14. Leave out company-specific jargon and other buzzwords.
  15. Social-media handles that are not related to the targeted position should be kept off your résumé.
  16. You don’t need to show more than 15 years of detailed experience.
  17. The résumé is not the place to disclose salary information.
  18. Don’t use an old-fashioned font.
  19. Don’t reveal your reasons for leaving your company.
  20. You don’t need to include an explanation of why you want the job.
  21. Keep photos of yourself off your résumé.
  22. The résumé is the place for facts, not opinions.
  23. Don’t include short-term employment.
  24. Remove any unnecessarily fancy job titles.
  25. Delete your laundry list of daily tasks.

Every job application starts with a résumé.

Hiring managers gather résumés to determine when to interview promising candidates — and many use robots to eliminate bad ones before it even reaches a human.

If you want to pass that test, you need to have the perfect résumé to highlight your qualifications.

Here are 25 things you should never include on your résumé.

Jacquelyn Smith, Vivian Giang, and Natalie Walters contributed to earlier versions of this article.

via Never put these things on your résumé – Business Insider

A busy September with three speaking events

Thank you AMCHAM, EGN and PMI for inviting me to address your members at three events this September. Subjects: Board of Governors’ nominations; Personal Branding; and Headhunter Secrets.

 

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Top 6 articles I’ve published in 10 years of blogging

Can you remember what you were doing in July 2009 – 10 years ago? For sure, we were not yet talking about AI, IoT, SEO, Uber, Instagram, iPad and it was still very early days for Airbnb, Spotify, GPS on mobile, and even LinkedIn.

But it was in July 2009 that I created my web site and published my first ever story. Read it here. Continue reading “Top 6 articles I’ve published in 10 years of blogging”

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It is becoming harder to find quality talent, which is continuing to result in a more competitive marketplace and increased salaries in many industries; particularly those with niche skill sets such as technology.

The survey aims to understand the outlook around demand and availability of executive talent, global mobility, time to recruit, remuneration and a breakdown of growth potential by sector. Continue reading “AI data on availability of executive talent, global mobility, time to recruit, and remuneration”

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This is what typically happens: the interviewer picks up the resume from the secretary or the HR department on the way to the interview.

The preparation is the time it takes to walk to the meeting room. Without having given any real thought on the questions to ask it does not take long before the interviewer runs out of questions and continues with a long and winding presentation about the company and the products. Continue reading “Candidates think you are doing a miserable job when interviewing”

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Leaders know they should be doing something, but they are not always aware of what it is they should be doing. Is that you? Continue reading “Are You Still in the Dark How to Lead Your Organization in a Digital World?”

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Have you ever been cheated, exploited, manipulated and jerked around by a candidate or applicant who wanted a job in your organization? You may have, but perhaps you don’t know?

I have two times – well, at least that’s those I know of. Once with a candidate I had shortlisted for my client. And once when I hired for my own team.

Read in this article how I got cheated by a conman, who I unfortunately hired before I later realized what had happened. And then there was the shortlisted candidate for my client who pretended to be the reference person for herself. You would love this – and learn. Continue reading “Recruitment fraud is a serious problem for anyone hiring staff”

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If you are still using clichés or buzzwords like energetic, focused, passionate, motivated, and team player in your Resume and LinkedIn profile, you will forever remain in the big black hole of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Never to be seen again. And yes, together with the other hundreds of thousands who didn’t listen, who think they know better, or just didn’t bother study best practice in how to present themselves on the job market.

Ever wondered why you never get invited to a job interview?

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Let me ask you this Mr Hiring Manager: are you prepared to commit and guarantee that your company will employ a person up to his or her age of 67? Thought so! Why should this individual then commit to staying with you their whole career? Continue reading “6 reasons why you should hire job hoppers. Seriously!”

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The right answer: because if your resume does not excite and impress anyone, you will not be invited for an interview.

And obviously, if you can’t even get an interview you will never get the dream job. Simple as that and it can be said with these few words:

Resume purpose: To get you an interview ?

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Here’s the thing you must keep in mind when writing your Resume, also known as your personal marketing pitch.

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Here you are, this is for you: Recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers. You will get lots of learning points in this unbelievable real-life story, why a candidate declined a job offer from a famous brand name in the industry.

Continue reading “9 reasons why I declined the job offer”

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Happy New Year to all Best Practice Executive Recruitment followers and readers. 

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