Anyone who has ever hired and collected resumes will tell you that unfortunately most resumes are hard to read, bear little relevant information, and are unappealing to the eye. This hiring process has been no exception.
The first resume I received made me wonder if the applicant was living in the 21st century as her resume contained her full name, passport number, social security number, driver's license number, address, and phone number. The only other piece of information I would have really liked to see was her mother's maiden name, which would have been helpful to create my new identity and line of credit.
If you have perfect nails and beautiful skin you may not need to have a reference, or at least that's what I was told earlier this week, "I don't have any references because I am an esthetician."
I received a two-paragraph e-mail yesterday from a prospective employee about how I should not contact his present employer or any of his past employers, EVER.
Just as impressive, I had a guy who knocked over his bottle of Coors Light so it was draining all over the bar and his shoe tell me what a great addition he would be as he had a tremendous attention to detail. You bet.
You would think in a challenging job market that resumes would be improving, but perhaps the reverse is true. So if you're out on the job hunt, take a good hard look at your resume and think, "What if this were the only thing that anyone knew about me?" Because it is unless you get an interview -and quite honestly, you're not going to get a call with a crappy, misspelled resume filled with personal rants.
The Go Getter
3 oz espresso
1.5 oz coffee liqueur
2 oz vodka
Shake and put it in the most boring, least impressive glass you own.