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Top 10 Resume Gaffes, Blunders & Snafus Nikki Champagnie March 2011 Delivering Marketable Career Services in Higher Educat...
Let’s NOT Get Personal <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><li>Political Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Home ...
Time Travel <ul><li>Citing every job since high school is not advised </li></ul><ul><li>Include relevant experience as it ...
Photos <ul><li>Pictures of yourself or family should never be on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Title VII of the Civil Righ...
Salary Expectation <ul><li>Early candidate elimination </li></ul><ul><li>Reveal it only when requested </li></ul><ul><li>S...
A Little White Lie <ul><li>Work time lines </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for separation </li></ul><ul>...
Shhhh! <ul><li>Trade secrets </li></ul><ul><li>Financial reports </li></ul><ul><li>Client lists </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of ...
The Pink Slip <ul><li>Fired or asked to resign </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance based and within your control </li></ul><...
Overselling Yourself <ul><li>Verbose statements overshadows your true work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Dilutes your caree...
Dated Resume Elements <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best for recent graduates and career changers </li></ul></u...
Too Many Details <ul><li>Dense content is overlooked </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant accomplishments, awards, certifications,...
References <ul><li>Bernstein, B. (2011). Resumes & LinkedIn for Relaunchers [PowerPoint presentation]. </li></ul><ul><li>T...
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The Top 10 Resume Gaffes, Blunders &amp; Snafus is a high overview of mistakes job candidates may make in developing their resumes and presenting themselves to potential employers.

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  1. 1. Top 10 Resume Gaffes, Blunders & Snafus Nikki Champagnie March 2011 Delivering Marketable Career Services in Higher Education
  2. 2. Let’s NOT Get Personal <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><li>Political Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Home Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Family Status </li></ul><ul><li>Health Status </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Exception… </li></ul><ul><li>Working for an organization closely tied to a cause </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AARP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jack & Jill of America </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Time Travel <ul><li>Citing every job since high school is not advised </li></ul><ul><li>Include relevant experience as it relates to the position </li></ul><ul><li>Go back 10 to 15 years, slightly more for C-level positions </li></ul>Image: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  4. 4. Photos <ul><li>Pictures of yourself or family should never be on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other EEO laws </li></ul><ul><li>Use caution on LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Exception… </li></ul><ul><li>Your appearance is relevant to the job </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Actor, Actress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Salary Expectation <ul><li>Early candidate elimination </li></ul><ul><li>Reveal it only when requested </li></ul><ul><li>State as a range </li></ul><ul><li>Best suited for cover letter or later stages of the selection process </li></ul>Image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  6. 6. A Little White Lie <ul><li>Work time lines </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for separation </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting structure </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>References </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Untrustworthy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possible Exception… </li></ul><ul><li>Career Changer </li></ul><ul><li>Branding Strategy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Shhhh! <ul><li>Trade secrets </li></ul><ul><li>Financial reports </li></ul><ul><li>Client lists </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Legal action </li></ul>Image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  8. 8. The Pink Slip <ul><li>Fired or asked to resign </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance based and within your control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Downsized </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization’s performance or external economic factors and not within your control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reveal in the interview if asked </li></ul><ul><li>Be truthful; Explain what you have learned </li></ul><ul><li>Show yourself in the best light </li></ul>
  9. 9. Overselling Yourself <ul><li>Verbose statements overshadows your true work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Dilutes your career branding strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Capture key results and accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate how you plan to address it in the cover letter or interview </li></ul></ul>Image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  10. 10. Dated Resume Elements <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best for recent graduates and career changers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branding Statements or Summary of Qualifications for experienced professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>References Upon Request </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is understood references will be requested </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have 3 to 6 available and prepped </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Too Many Details <ul><li>Dense content is overlooked </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant accomplishments, awards, certifications, professional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Too many forms of contact information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One or two phone numbers and emails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simplicity with rich result-focused content </li></ul>
  12. 12. References <ul><li>Bernstein, B. (2011). Resumes & LinkedIn for Relaunchers [PowerPoint presentation]. </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (2009). Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions And Answers. Retrieved from http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html </li></ul>

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