Change is Coming!

We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

It’s All in the Details

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: January 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

With so many Americans out of work, it’s definitely an employers’ market. Hiring managers and recruiters can afford to be choosy, and with hundreds or thousands of resumes to go through, they’re looking for a reason to reject you.

Don’t give them that chance. Although your background may be impeccable, the details you provide could be painting a negative view of you as a viable candidate. To make certain you’re not sabotaging your chances, keep the following in mind:

Don’t use cute or weird email addresses. For example, an administrative assistance should never use an email that states or Someone in a fiduciary capacity would be wise to avoid No one should use luv2party or luv2drink. You get the idea. Keep it simple and professional – your first and last name or your initial and last name.

Never use your current company’s email address when you’re looking for a new job. An employer will wonder why you’re taking emails and phone calls from a new employer when you haven’t yet left your current position. It strikes the average person as dishonest, so don’t fall into that trap.

Avoid listing hobbies or interests on a resume. Even if you want to shout to the world that you’re a diehard Trekkie, that info’s going to look downright weird on a resume, especially if you’re competing for a position in management. Never list activities that cause a hiring manager to worry about your health. This would include extreme sports. No one is apt to hire an individual who may be hurt, out of work for extended periods and eat up the company’s health care plan.

Never write a resume in the first person using personal pronouns (my, I, we, etc.). It’s not professional. Always use third person.

Don’t state ‘references are available upon request’ – that’s a given. Also, don’t provide references unless asked for them.

Never include high school education on a resume (unless you’re applying to the federal government). Again, it’s a given that everyone in this country has a high school diploma or a GED.

Don’t include a photo on your resume. The only exception would be if you’re applying for a sales position in which there’s a lot of personal contact with clients. In that case, you’d use a professional looking headshot – no vacation photos.

Don’t include personal info on your resume such as marital status, date of birth, religious affiliation. It’s simply not done in this country.

Never use an objective to open the resume. An objective is telling the hiring manager or recruiter what you want. They don’t care about that. They want to know what you can do for their company. Paint a picture of yourself as the perfect candidate in an outstanding opening summary.

The above are just a few of the many details that could trip you up in your search for a new job. By avoiding these and keeping your resume professional and on point with what you can accomplish, you’ll go a long way toward getting that coveted interview.