3 Resume Missteps to Avoid

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According to Dictionary.com, the definition for resume is “a summing up; summary;” and, “a brief written account of personal, educational and professional qualifications and experiences, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.”

With this somewhat broad definition in mind, job seekers often get consumed by understanding the details of what to do when building a career summary. However, the conundrum is that you’re not sure which details to consider, and which to toss so your resume lands on the hiring manager’s desk.

In these instances, it may in fact be best to begin with just a few rules of thumb regarding what ‘not’ to do when building your new resume (versus getting bogged down in a bunch of rules).

To get your resume jumpstarted, consider these three things:

1. Don’t marry your resume to a template.

As with anything personalized, when you put your stock in a template—mirroring format, words and content strategies—your results will look like a me-too story. A shiny, pretty, buzzword-polished resume may make your eyes light up and feel good about ‘you’ initially, but over time, lackluster responses from hiring decision makers will dim that light.

Instead, if you are determined to use another resume as inspiration, leave it at just that, using the other resume (or template) as a launch pad for yours. Other resumes and design strategies may serve as guides but should not be the primary premise for your unique resume story.

To read more, including detail behind the following two tips, follow this link: Avoid These 3 Resume Mistakes.

2. Don’t make the resume all about you.

3. Don’t worry about the rules.

Copyright: Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter | I am a master resume writer, one of only 50 in the world, who has written more than 1,500 resumes that have driven game-changing results.



Dusty Resumes and Deadines


Quality resume results are at odds with speed (and your desperate situation). Moral of the story. Keep your career story current.

The number of times each month that executives reach out to me because a private equity firm or recruiter or someone in their network requested their resume ‘now’ often is in the double digits.

NOT keeping an updated resume, and especially letting yours collect dust for 2, 3, 5 or more years becomes problematic. You receive a longed-for opportunity, and you want the best executive resume (writer) possible to showcase your areas of value. What are you going to do?


Copyright: Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter | I am a master resume writer, one of only 50 in the world, who has written more than 1,500 resumes that have driven game-changing results.

5 Telltale Signs Your Company Culture Is Going to the Dogs


The phrase, ‘going to the dogs’ often carries a negative connotation. However, Glassdoor recently compiled a list of 10 companies whose employee perks include dogs in the workplace, and in this instance, ‘going to the dogs’ is a very good thing!

While not everyone would agree that permission to bring a four-legged friend to the workplace is a perk, many pet owners and pet lovers would jump at the opportunity to bring their pet to the office or to be surrounded by others’ pets in the workplace.

Having a dog nearby can provide relaxation and add to feelings of joy and levity. For many, the simple act of petting a dog is calming; playing with a happy canine can be therapeutic; and the mindless task of tending to a pet’s needs throughout the day can declutter one’s mind and even unleash dormant creative thinking.

However, because many companies’ leaders are not as sensitive as the ones on Glassdoor’s list, their culture may be prone to waning productivity and declining retention.

To help you separate the wheat from the chaff in regard to culturally aware companies, you may want to consider the following signs before hiring on. While some of these points—independently—appear small, bear in mind they can be symptomatic of larger cultural frailties.

1.They don’t acknowledge special occasions. For example, it is common knowledge at most companies when someone has a birthday. In fact, human resources should have that information on hand. Beyond that, someone at the office likely will wish them a happy birthday – several others will randomly, throughout the day, bestow birthday wishes. Therefore, if an employee’s immediate supervisor or boss fails to acknowledge a simple ‘happy birthday’ greeting, this could be a signal that they really don’t care that much about nurturing their employees.

2. They don’t ever share credit or say, ‘thank you.’ For example, when a sales professional closes a high-level sale, does the boss automatically steal acclaim, crediting himself (or the company’s reputation), and dismissing the sales person as simply an order taker?

3. They rarely, if ever, acknowledge an employee’s personal life. If they never bother to ask how an employee’s spouse, sister, brother, mom, dad, child is doing, then they probably are lacking in compassionate leadership skills.

Read 2 more signs your company culture is going to the dogs by following this link: How To Tell If Your Company Culture Is ‘Going to the Dogs.’

Written by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, Partner/Owner, CareerTrend.net
I am a career writer hired by individuals and organizations to build game-changing stories for executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. To find out how I can support your personal or corporate storytelling goals, please follow this link: www.careertrend.net.

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