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New résumés, same mistakes

The look, feel and font of the standard résumé changes as frequently as the screens we peruse them on.

The look, feel and font of the standard résumé changes as frequently as the screens we peruse them on.

And yet “people are still making the same résumé mistakes they’ve always been making,” bemoans the president of Blue Skies Résumé, Louise Fletcher.

“The No. 1 problem people have is what they think their résumé is,”?she explains. “They approach it as a place to list every company they’ve worked at, when actually they should think of it as an advertisement.”

“Not being concise enough is a huge problem,” concurs certified résumé-writer Laura Smith-Proulx.

And not just because you could over-share your way out of an interview. “If you have every job you’ve had on there since 1979, you’re opening yourself up to age bias,” she warns.

As for the classic attachment problem, it’s only getting worse in the age of smartphones. “Never send a word or PDF copy unless it’s specifically requested,” cautions Margaret Riley Dikel, author of “Guide to Internet Job Searching.”

Assume, she counters, that it’s being read on a BlackBerry. “Take your Word doc and convert it into the body of your e-mail,” she advises.

Attack of the clones

If the ad asks for a Word document résumé, make sure your résumé doesn’t have a long-lost twin. “If you use a Microsoft Word template, not only will your look-a-like résumé have tables which are hard for résumé scanning data systems to read, it will also, from a presentation standpoint, reduce you to appearing like every other candidate,” Smith-Proulx stresses.

 
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