Unfortunately, many jobseekers seek advice from well-meaning friends and relatives. Sometimes this advice isn't just unhelpful … it's just plain wrong.
As a resume writer, this is my "favorite" of the worst suggestions:
Usually, this can be attributed to jobseeker fear. If their resume isn't "perfect," they don't want to send it out — but they're really just afraid of rejection. Instead of 20-30 of their friends and family criticizing their resume (friends and family members who are most likely unqualified to judge the resume, unfortunately), they're afraid of a hiring manager criticizing it.
YES, your clients should have a couple of friends/family members look at their resume. But these are the questions they should ask them to answer:
- Do you see any errors or typos? (If you've been looking at any document a lot, you won't "see" errors.)
- Does this sound like me? (The resume should be the "best" reflection of the jobseeker's skills, abilities, and qualifications — but it should SOUND like the client, not like the resume writer.)
What is the worst resume suggestion YOU'VE ever heard? Share it in the comments below.