Here is Sm Business Mastery’s ~ Get Hired’s
response to an article on writing better resumes.
The writer, Drake Baer, talks about
the 5 Most Common Mistakes that we make
on our resumes and how we could increase our
chance to get hired if we were to follow the
suggestions in the article.
It was an interesting article, but I did not
necessarily agree with everything he said and
wanted to comment listing a couple of my own
I agree with the basic premise of the article
as this is actually one of my own pet peeves.
There is way too much bloviating that goes on
in the business world. And I think that is
a major cause for the verbosity (I LOVE that word)
or the use of the tiresome cliches that Baer speaks
of in his article
I am a strong “bottom line” advocate and it irks me
to no end when hiring managers and/or company’s
compile an idiotic overwhelming list of unnecessary
qualifications for a simple job. I have seen
receptionist jobs requiring a BA in Business Admin.
Really??? A college degree for a receptionist? Why??
Not only is this overkill but it also leads to a foolish
and false notion that the job either requires more skills
than it will or pays more- both of which is going to eventually
and Unnecessarily create an unfavorable working environment
for the employee as well as the company.
What is more important- and is a subject for another day-
is the well trained business (hiring manager) who truly
KNOWS WHAT THEY NEED and the proper way to get it.
The vague cliche’s cluttering up a resume usually come about
because the average person seeking the job they are seeking
DID NOT have the actual skill set asked for in the job description
so they were unable to “carve out” and list it on their resume.
(nor is the skill set asked for always needed in order
for someone to do a fantastic job in that position-see above)
Example…someone who needs extensive sales experience
to get the job applied for, may have only worked in a
sales environment or in sales for a limited time and
may not have the impressive “I have worked in sales
for 10 years and met my quota every month
for the last 12/24/36 etc months” record, so they “go vague”.
While applicants that have followed most of the advice
in this post may help the hiring manager to weed more
quickly through that pile of resume’s -which may or may not
be a good thing- I fear it would more than likely limit
the truly “qualified” applicants and would possibly
hinder the company from finding “the best person for the job”
So, while you CAN get hired with a better resume,
what exactly makes up a better resume seems to be subjective.
Here is a link to the original article for you to read
and you can decide for self what you think.