Resumé Killers

I get fed up of seeing resumés that are so inflated, or cookie cutter-y that I dread receiving another one. I now tend to ONLY look at the name, age, education level, and contact telephone number, because I can almost guarantee that the rest is either crap, or irrelevant crap.

I am sure many of you have had this experience, maybe even been guilty of bloating your own resumé. Well, for goodness’ sake, look at it again and just make it factual. Employers aren’t looking for the perfect match for the job because that is an impossibility, so just keep it simple and tell your prospective employer how you can contribute, or if you don’t want to go to that extent, at least be honest about your skill set.

And another thing, avoid these 25 words like the plague, because as sure as dammit, they might kill your chances of getting a job.

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  • stevemills
    9 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    I look at work history, phone number, referees, location (are they local or from hundreds of km away). Age usually has to be figured out by counting forward from the year they started work, assuming people start working at age 17.

    Also I phone to the previous employer. To find out if it really IS the previous employer, (sometimes the most recent employment is not mentioned by the candidate) Also I check all references. First I look up the reference in the white pages, to check that the number supplied in the resume matches that in the white pages, (it is common for candidates to give the phone number of a co-worker, rather than their previous supervisors.)
    Also checking in the white pages ensures that I am actually speaking to the business where the candidate previously worked, as I have had the experience of being given a number which in reality is the candidates friend/brother at home, but pretending to be a manager/supervisor from a previous workplace.

  • mahmood
    9 October 2005

    Re: Resumé Killers

    Yes when the CV is interesting I do check references. One recent candidate was very afronted when my secretary called him to find out about references. He told her effectively to “accept him as he is or not, being a Bahraini” she transfer the call to me and I told him in no uncertain terms that we will “leave him”.

  • anonymous
    9 October 2005

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    [quote]He told her effectively to “accept him as he is or not, being a Bahraini”[/quote]

    What a set of stones on this guy! You are just too nice Mahmood. I would have posted his CV on the web and a transcript of what he said for all to see.

  • mahmood
    9 October 2005

    Re: Resumé Killers

    I think high schools and universities here have to teach their students about work ethics and how to write a CV. Both are sorely lacking, especially the work ethics bit. These classes should be madatory.

  • anonymous
    9 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    The same type of thing happens day in and day out in Bahrain as you know. How do you teach Work Ethics? How do you teach something as basic as DOING YOUR JOB? Is it any small wonder why it is hard for many to find a good job when qualified expats abound who have a good work ethic. BTW a while back you had a job opening for your firm. Did you hire someone yet?

  • anonymous
    9 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    Mahmood, as soon as I graduate, I’ll email you my resumé for verification 😉
    By now, I believe I know you well enough to be able to reach for “the right buttons” and impress you! If my resumé [i]meshaaa 3alayk[/i], I’ll definitely take over the workplace 😀

    -silveroo

  • stevemills
    10 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    Someone is affronted at having their references checked? ROFL

    Hehehehe… the past is not exactly a credit to this person eh?

  • anonymous
    10 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    Anonomous…

    I hire. This is what I would do.

    I would write a creative resume based on the truth. I would write that you are re-entering the workforce. Then I would write a paragraph outlining what you did during that time..Although people may not be able to ask you about your health…I would explain the whole thing in a cover letter. Just 3 sentences about your absence and physical ability to now work.

    By all means do not let the fact that you have been out of the workforce paralyze you or dishearten you…if I as a small business owner received such a resume…I would wonder if I might be getting a person who is really motivated and would be grateful for the job.

    I would also join a group of people seeking work that have groups to keep your spirits up.

    Good luck. You’ll get a job. I promise. Just keep trying.

  • mahmood
    10 October 2005

    Re: Resumé Killers

    Yes we did, Ameen Radhi has been with us now just over a month and he’s undergoing full training. He’s got a lot of promise and is quite diligent.

    I’m actually currently also interviewing now for salespeople. One looks promising, the other didn’t bother to turn up yesterday for his interview and didn’t even bother to phone. We’ve got a few more interviews over this week. I hope we’ll find at least one who is worth his salt.

  • mahmood
    10 October 2005

    Re: Resumé Killers

    More than welcome! I’m ALWAYS looking for good people 😉

  • mahmood
    10 October 2005

    Re: Resumé Killers

    If you’ve been off for 6 years, you must be really motivated to work and work well. I would suspect that should you decide to write a CV based on your real skill-sets, and also tell your employer of any physical disabilities you might suffer from because of a particular job situation, you probably will get at least a sympathetic ear.

    If your condition does not allow you to pursue the job that you had, or want to get now, then you have to re-align your expectations to something more comensurate with your current abilities, and you are the only person to judge what sector of the job market you would be most productive in.

  • mahmood
    10 October 2005

    Re(1): Resumé Killers

    The promising one turned out to be not promising at all. He just called and said that he was really looking for a “back office” job rather than sales. Thanks very much… NEXT!

  • mahmood
    10 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    Craig’s List Advice which is very good:

    http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/101949754.html

  • anonymous
    10 October 2005

    Resumé Killers

    ok, need advice. I haven’t worked for nearly 6 years. I have been battling a severe pancreas problem. in my time at home I self taught myself Excell and learned as much as I could about computer skills. I read read read, even tackled a couple foriegn langauges. How can I get employers to hire me even if I haven’t worked for 6 years?

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