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Job HUNTING Etiquette: A Guide for the Job Seeker

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One we've encountered recently (hiring a replacement contractor in my office) - don't make your resume buzzword bingo, nor should you have more than two or three pages of resume!

We got one, I kid you not, from a woman who had apparently been a contractor since graduating college about two and a half years ago. All her contracts were one to three months. Each one had FOUR PARAGRAPHS of job details. We got maybe two jobs per pages - seven pages long altogether. Single spaced, small font, no margins. Guess whose went on the 'toss' pile?

The resume we got from the guy that had been in the field for twenty years, knew everything there was to know about the thing we're hiring for? A page and a half. Easy to read. He's interviewing today.

One I encountered at a job interview recently:

Interviews often overrun. It's stressful for everyone involved, but it happens. Avoid sitting there tutting, pointedly looking at your watch, asking the receptionist when you'll be seen every two minutes, etc. You're just making me look better in comparison.  ;)

Know what kind of environment you are willing to work in - but going into a situation and showing your disgust at the clients they work with is beyond rude. If you can't handle strong language perhaps working with distressed populations or frustrated computer users isn't for you.

Do not track down your interviewer's personal info and contact them that way. They will not think you have gumption, they will think you have boundary issues.


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--- Quote from: Auntie Mame on April 10, 2013, 03:35:38 PM ---Rule 16: Make your resume easy to read.  No fancy fonts, no bright colors, no "creative" formatting.  I need to be able to skim it and determine in a few minutes whether or not you are qualified for the job.   

I have a lot of resumes and very little time to read them.

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  I got told last semester that the way to get hired was to do all of the above.  By a professor.  She pulled out the resume of Nina Simon ( and told us all the that the way to get noticed was to do something like her resume.
She had done pretty much everything you said not to.  I think that kind of "teaching" where folks are getting the idea that stuff like that is ok.

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So that explains.  Giving the person who screens resumes a headache from font and formatting doesn't really help with the job hunt.

ETA: I pulled up her resume, it made my eyes hurt.  I'm sure some businesses out there are looking for that.  I am also confident that many are not.  When you have upwards of 50 plus, sometimes higher, resumes to review, you gravitate towards easy to read and to the point.

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I think that falls under the OP's rule #4  "Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you're applying for" in that creative jobs may appreciate a creative-looking resume as long as it's tailored to the employer or position -- so no cute cat cartoons on a graphic designer resume for a position in the IBM marketing department for instance, but if you're applying for a graphic artist position for the marketing department at PetSmart it might get positive attention. On the flip side of that, for a creative position, a resume that obviously uses a Word template without any attempt to make it unique or memorable might just end up in the trash because it shows a lack of ability or thought in marketing yourself.

For the professor, she may have been giving advice for a particular job industry rather than for a general audience.


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