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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Have you test driven your resume?

Recently, I contacted a student about a position that she might be interested in and asked her to email me her resume.  When I opened her attached resume, her name was nowhere to be found!  Knowing how conscientious this student was, I knew it had to be an oversight.  Intuitively, I realized that I was able to see her name on my version by hitting the backspace key.  But, will recruiters have the time or the inclination to try to figure out why your name isn't on the resume (or for other discrepancies).  Probably not.  When I emailed the student about the problem, she said that her name did appear on her version of the resume.  It turned out that this student's resume also went over onto the second page, another major faux pas for college students' resumes.  Moral of the story?  Always "test drive" your resume by sending it to a few friends or family members and ask them if there are any problems when they open your resume...before you send it to a recruiter.  Better yet, send it as a PDF document.

3 comments:

Dan.Eliot said...

A well presented CV/Resume and good cover letter are just steps along the way to acquiring a job interview and do not usually result in job offers. Once job applications have been sent out it's a good idea for a committed jobseeker to begin preparations for the interview process.When interview offers are received, employment candidates need to re-assess the jobs on offer and make the final decision on whether to commit to the interview process or not.


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The Career Counselor said...

Another recommendation for avoiding these formatting issues is for students to send their application materials as PDF documents.

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