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5 Signs Your Resumé is Passé

5 Signs Your Resumé is Passé

Tania Khadder | NursingLink

#3: You write “References available upon request” at the bottom

Once again, a waste of valuable space. Do you really need to say so? The hiring manager can only assume that if they ask you for references, you’ll provide them. What, are you going to say “no?”

Instead, prepare a list of references with contact details and your relationship to each. Hold onto it until you’re further along in the selection process — you don’t want to annoy your referees with repeated contact by employers who are less than serious about you. Most respectable employers wouldn’t bother to contact a reference until they are fully ready to make you an offer.

#4: You attach it to your email as a Word document

While you’re unlikely to be penalized for emailing a Word document, there’s a lot to be said for converting it to a PDF before sending.

A PDF document just looks neater. And even if you’ve gone crazy with the formatting, it will show up correctly on the hiring manager’s computer no matter what their settings, Word version, or font inventory. Besides, do you really want those squiggly red lines showing up under your former company’s name?

Stick to PDF. It’s the only surefire way to display your resumé exactly as you intended it.

#5: You list every job you’ve ever had in chronological order

In the olden days, the person with the most experience got the job.

Nowadays, the person who’s most talented, has the most relevant skill set, and has proven to be most valuable to his or her former employers gets the job.

If you want to be that person, make sure your resumé says so. Don’t list jobs that are irrelevant to the one you’re applying for just to fill up space. Instead, expand on the jobs that are relevant. Focus on measurable achievements in each role as opposed to a play-by-play of your daily responsibilities.

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    about 5 years ago


    Great article! In my experience, Word documents have not been an issue, but PDFs are certainly more universal. One addition I might suggest is focusing your work experience on accomplishments rather than duties. In most cases, that may mean simply rewording or re-framing what you already had written on your resume. The language of accomplishments not only makes you sound more engaged, but it also indicates that you go above and beyond your required duties.

    Nonetheless, it is still difficult to stand out among hundreds of applicants. I recommend using a staffing agency to get an edge on the market,

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    over 5 years ago


    do I ever need to rewrite my resume!

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    over 5 years ago


    its not even so much your resume. many hospitals want you to apply online and attach your resume. a resume on the internet does not take the place of face to face applications and interveiws. i feel like you are judged before they even meet you . and god forbid on the appication online you answer you had a misteameanor or were ever arrested in you past. you usually get a response thank you for applying for the position but the position has been filled . many hospitals will not accept a resume at human resourses ffices. it has to be emailed or internet. the tips for a awesome resume is great if they really even look at it.

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    over 5 years ago


    I am ready to write a new resume, as mine is very old. I appreciate the advise provided in this article. It's very helpful!

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