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3 things no one ever told you about resumes

Many hardworking people are not familiar with the best practices for to showcase their talents to hiring officials.
Many hardworking people are not familiar with the best practices for to showcase their talents to hiring officials.
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Today, I met with a talented bi-lingual seasoned medical professional who possessed over 5 certifications and touts over 5 medical area specialties. In my opinion, she is talented and can garner at least an $18 an hour job from any employer. She received a call from an interested employer and the first statement that they made to her was, "We can't pay you $18 an hour, are you willing to negotiate your salary?" After looking at her resume and offering her a critique, I begin to explain to her why a hiring manager would say such a statement. When accessing your resume, employers may want you to work with their company based on your skills, trainings and proven abilities to complete the needed duties of the industry. However, one indication of how valuable a perspective client has been perceived is based on the content, image, organization and consistency in one's resume.

This talented medical professional's resume was atrocious. After sharing best practices with her, she said, "No one ever told me that". So for all of you whose only defense is that no one has ever told you that, let me tell you 3 things about your resume:

#1 - Inconsistencies on resumes indicate that the person representing it takes short cuts and at the very least does not proofread. It also indicates that the writer does not know or truly understand the necessity of outlining every area in a resume in a consistent, parallel fashion.

#2 - Failure to demonstrate proficiency within the industry in the top half of your resume is a strategy that is lost when not used. Providing hiring managers with an overview of your professional acumens in a 3 to 5 sentence summary, helps decision makers to take notice of your successfully ability to solve problems. Including a 3 column list of relevant skills, noting license numbers, specific industry key words and skills once again highlights your skills above others. Failing to demonstrate in this manner, puts your added value in the backseat of your human resources mind.

#3 - Adding 7 references on a resume wastes space and professional influence. Including information on a resume that is not asked for or that is not customary without a specific strategy once again weakens one's level of influence.

These novice mistakes help hiring managers, offer you lower salaries. They may also fail to consider you as a valued employer who can be offered additional perks and bonuses. It is the responsibility of the job seeker to know and understand how the industry and workforce can best benefit from your skills in an acceptable manner.

We hope that this article has helped. Motivated job seekers should prepare bios, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, 30-60-90 day plans, portfolios and a 1-page website and blog to help hiring managers understand the various ways that your skills sets can solve their PAINS. Email us at to continue to share 3 things no one ever told you about resumes.

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