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Old 10-08-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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In a previous post I talked about my active participation in a job hunting group put on for business executives who are job hunting.

In one of our job hunting classes, the Instructor, who also works as a Director of Human Resources in charge of Recruiting and Staffing at a large company, gave us a number of terrible resumes his company has received to show us what not to do. (The names were changed to protect the innocent.) He said that the number of JUST TERRIBLELY WRITTEN RESUMES HE GETS IS SHOCKING!

These were some highly skilled and educated people who did just a terrible job at selling themselves.

With all the information out there on how to write a resume and desperate editors who will help you with your resume for a very small fee, why would anyone in a professional job submit a terrible resume?
(I can understand submitting an average resume, but a terrible one?)
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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I always wonder. I have seen quite a few resumes for professional positions which require advanced degrees, and the resumes (the actual resumes... not the terribly-formatted ones people are sometimes required to submit online) look like the applicant lacks basic word processing skills. Applicants will use giant clown font, or a mixture of fonts which look terrible together... inconsistent formatting... cartoonish clip art, and of course, poor spelling and grammar.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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The terrible resumes eliminate some competition. That's good news for job seekers with great resumes.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I cringe when seeing terrible resumes. I was interviewing for an AVP/Senior Management position, and I had one resume cross my desk that had spelling errors, terrible grammar, bizarre formatting, and no flow. And the person had an advanced degree, so I was very, very confused as to how that happened.


Suggestion for everyone: if the company allows you to upload a file for the resume (vs. just cut and paste), save your resume as PDF. It'll guarantee the formatting and design stays as you intended it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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One of my HS friends was whining about how he can't find a job. He showed me his linked in page. Awful... Stated he wanted to go into politics... But acquiring some sort of executive position would do in a pinch

Don't know what's wrong with people today.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:48 AM
 
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Maybe they just want another unemployment benefit extension.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:49 AM
 
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One of my HS friends was whining about how he can't find a job. He showed me his linked in page. Awful... Stated he wanted to go into politics... But acquiring some sort of executive position would do in a pinch

Don't know what's wrong with people today.
Public schools / NEA.
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Public schools / NEA.
In all fairness, he graduated from a reputable college. Obviously didn't learn much there though.
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:17 AM
 
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In all fairness, he graduated from a reputable college. Obviously didn't learn much there though.
Colleges these days are: "Pay your fee, get your 'C', stay all day, get an 'A'. ".
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Ridley Park, PA
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Suggestion for everyone: if the company allows you to upload a file for the resume (vs. just cut and paste), save your resume as PDF. It'll guarantee the formatting and design stays as you intended it.
This, times 5. I've been doing this since I got to graduate school in 1998 (was lucky to have Acrobat Pro back them), and it's always served me well. As someone who occasionally hires now, I appreciate seeing a properly formatted resume in pdf as opposed to a Word document with weird spacing, fonts, etc.
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