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And you should not include a photo. For some reason some candidates feel compelled to include a headshot with their resume. This can also send the wrong message and it is distracting to employers. Do you want to get passed over for an interview because the employer doesn’t like your tie or the color of your blazer? See what I mean? It can be distracting.
Lastly, do not list “references available upon request.” These days, it’s understood that you have references ready, should somebody want to see them. It’s an outdated statement that was a common practice 20 years ago, but not today.
Teresa: Here’s a question that everybody might have on their mind: do people lie on their resumes Animal Health Jobs?
Stacy: Unfortunately, people DO lie on their resumes. That’s something that I’ve seen time and again during my career as a recruiter. I’ve also seen resume inflation where candidates will overstate their experiences and qualifications.
According to a CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers in the summer of 2015, 56% caught candidates lying on their resumes. The most common lie was about skills or capabilities. Not only that, but 25% of the hiring managers in the survey also said they’ve seen people claim to be employed by companies that they never actually worked for.
Unfortunately, I have many stories involving candidates who lied on their resume and about other things. One those things was about whether they were employed or not. Something like this happened earlier this year. I was talking with a candidate, and he said that he was employed. My next call was from an employer that said they had just gone through some layoffs. The employer gave me a list of the people laid off, and the candidate’s name was on the list. It’s far better to be upfront and honest at the beginning of the process and to tell the truth. The truth always comes out in the long run Animal Health Jobs.
Teresa: Other than what you’ve mentioned so far, what are some of the best practices for constructing a great resume?
Stacy: Well, there are five main things that people should keep in mind when constructing their resume.
First, make sure that it contains your name, your contact information, and your home city and state. As we talked about earlier, you do not need your complete address. Include your cell phone number with that contact information and also include your email address, since email correspondence is common during the hiring process.
Also as we’ve already discussed, do not include an objective statement or a mission statement. Instead, use an executive summary or a professional summary. If you state your mission or objective, then it might not line up perfectly with the organization’s mission and current opening. But if you list an executive summary, then it might more closely align with the company’s expectations.
Third, when listing your work history, list it in reverse chronological order and make the work history as relevant as you can to your job search. Also tailor the resume to the specific job for which you’re applying. This level of customization is important.
Once again, Animal Health Jobs as we’ve already discussed, do not include your photo and also do not use any unusual formatting. A person’s resume goes into what is called an applicant tracking system, and if the resume is strangely formatted, then it might not be imported. Present a Word document for your resume and not a PDF. The reason is there are so many different types of PDFs that there can be formatting problems. In my own experience word resumes are easier to search in applicant tracking systems and you want to be found in the employers ATS.
Finally, make sure that your resume is no longer than two pages. Most hiring managers only spend about 30 seconds looking at a resume. If it’s three or four pages long, then they’ll lose interest and they certainly won’t read or even scan the whole thing.
Teresa: What about proofreading? I’ve heard that not only should the person proofread their resume carefully, but they should have other people proofread it, too.
Stacy: That is absolutely the case. It’s not enough to just proofread your resume yourself. You must make sure that is 100% free of spelling and grammatical errors Animal Health Jobs.
I was recently on the phone with the hiring manager of one of my clients. He was making a decision between two candidates for one of his open positions.
Both candidates had interviewed well, and the hiring manager liked them both equally. He was having a tough time deciding which candidate he would make the offer to, until he reviewed the resume of each person more closely.
The hiring manager noticed that one of the candidates had a grammatical error on their resume, and the other one did not. So he decided to make an offer to the candidate who did not have a grammatical error on their resume.
People must remember that they’re not competing for a job in a vacuum. They’re competing against other professionals. As in this example, when the competition is close and the hiring manager is having trouble deciding, little things can mean all the difference in the world.
Teresa: Do you have additional resources available for those people who want to create a great resume?
Stacy: I do. There’s a section on The VET Recruiter website that shares tips and tricks for writing a great resume. Listeners should visit www.thevetrecruiter.com and then click on “Candidates,” “Career Resources,” and then “Resumes.” While you’re on the site, you can also browse through our job openings and submit your resume.
Teresa: Stacy, thanks so much for sharing your expertise about resumes today Animal Health Jobs.
Stacy: Thank you, Teresa. I look forward to our next podcast!
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