Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Seriously? Do I care?

OK, don't get me wrong. I am really happy for you that you like reading romance novels and long walks on the beach. Oh, you are also an avid tennis player and you enjoy spending time with your family. That's great... really.

The problem? This is a resume, not a personal ad.

Ask yourself, is this relevant to the type of position that I am looking / applying for? If the answer is no, take it off!

There is really no reason for you to have a section on your resume titled "Interests and Hobbies". This type of information really does not help us to determine whether or not you are qualified for this job or any other job.

I have seen some strange stuff under this subheading on resumes in the past. It really isn't difficult to figure this one out. When in doubt... keep it off.

Monday, September 21, 2009

About Me...

Welcome to my blog. I decided to create this blog because I am a professional recruiter and it really astounds me that there are so many people out there that don't know the correct steps to find a job. My goal is to help people understand what they should be doing as well as what they should not be doing.

I have run into people who say the wrong things, write the wrong things in emails and cover letters, etc. I will share my insights and some occasional stories about people who make errors through the process.

I have been recruiting for several years now, and I cover a fairly large geographic territory. I have my fair share of stories to tell. In fact, most of my peers tell me that I have the best stories. Somehow the interviews and resumes and cover letters that I get seem to be the worst of the worst.

If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to answer them. Thanks for reading and joining in on the fun of job searching!