By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
In collaboration with my colleague and Career Collective co-founder, Miriam Salpeter, and a group of prolific careers bloggers and friends, I introduce my October article contribution. This month’s collective topic is Halloween-themed: How do you avoid scary career / resume mistakes? How do you ensure your resume / career “costume” fits you and attracts your target audience?
Please visit my colleagues’ posts on the same topic, which will be listed at the end of this blog post on Friday. You may also wish to follow us on Twitter via the hashtag #CareerCollective.
Job search is scary, and for some, anxiety builds and builds, like clouds gathering before a storm. Since creating your resume is the first pragmatic step in launching your job hunt, the mounting pressure of uncertainty often results in a fury of resume writing activity punctuated by thunderous cracks of career revelation that overtake the unending computer landscape.
Self-preservation often is the impetus behind the hurried-up resume, and strategy is overlooked as a flood of self-absorbed ideas, “responsibilities for” and “I am seeking a position that will allow ME to contribute MY skills in blah blah blah” drown the resume pages.
To avoid these unfortunate resume mistakes, the pounding words that scare off the hiring manager, recruiter or human resources professional, consider the following steps:
Don’t just wing the development of one of the most critical marketing documents you will ever create. A resume is so much more than a simple list of dates and job responsibilities, and the “cookie cutter” mentality in producing a work as important and defining as one’s resume will not work.
When properly executed, your career positioning document should tell a story, the most important story: Your Story.
Click on the links below to see what other Career Collective members are saying:
Where Are the Wild Things, Anyway?, @WorkWithIllness
I Your Job Search Making You Feel Like a Smashed Pumpkin?, @DebraWheatman
Hiding in Plain Sight, @WalterAkana,
Don’t make these frightful resume mistakes, @LaurieBerenson
How Not to Be a Spooky Job Seeker, @heathermundell
A Tombstone Resume:Eulogizing Your Experience, @GayleHoward
The Top Ten Scary Things Job Seekers Do, @barbarasafani
Oh, Job Search Isn’t Like Trick or Treating?, @careersherpa
Oh no. Not the phone!, @DawnBugni
Halloween Caution: Job Seeker Horror, @resumeservice
Boo! Are you scaring away opportunities or the competition? @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
Your Career Brand: A Scary Trick or an Appealing Treat?, @KCCareerCoach
How to avoid mistakes on your resume, @Keppie_Careers
Sc-sc-scary Resume Mistakes, @erinkennedycprw
A Flawed Resume is a Scary Prospect, @KatCareerGal
Does Your Career Costume Fit You?, @expatcoachmegan