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Avoiding Resume Pitfalls


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Avoiding Resume Pitfalls

  1. 1. 1Avoiding Résumé PitfallsPresented by:Cheryl LandesTabby Cat Communications2009 STC-PMC ConferenceMarch 28, 2009AgendaIntroductionPurpose of a résuméWhy résumés are rejectedWhy your résumé must be perfectRésumé mistakesExerciseHow to avoid résumé pitfallsConclusionIntroduction
  2. 2. 2What’s the purpose of arésumé?What’s the purpose of a résumé?It’s a marketing piece.It introduces you to potential employers orclients.It highlights your accomplishments andskills.It convinces the screeners to invite you toan interview.Why are résumés rejected?
  3. 3. 3Why are résumés rejected?The candidate’s experience doesn’t matchthe employer’s or client’s needs.The candidate’s roles and responsibilitiesin previous jobs aren’t clear.Details are inconsistent, misleading, orincomplete.The résumé contains mechanical errors.After we found candidates with experiencematching our job requirements, we rejectedmore than 95% of those résumés becauseof mechanical problems.Why must a technicalcommunicator’s résumé beperfect?
  4. 4. 4Why must a technicalcommunicator’s résumé be perfect?Our résumés are writing samples.If we don’t pay attention to the details onour résumés, how well can we performour jobs?Mechanical ProblemsGrammarPunctuationSentence structure and flowParallelismTyposOther ProblemsContradictory or misleading informationMissing informationJargon not explainedToo much informationFormatting
  5. 5. 5ExerciseAvoid résumé pitfalls!Create a master résumé.Proof it, correct it, set it aside, and repeat.Ask a colleague to review it.Update it on a regular basis.Contact InformationCheryl LandesTabby Cat Communications4742-42nd Avenue SW #512Seattle, WA 98116-4335(206) 937-2488tabbycatco@aol.com