Resume Myths
By: Dan Miller

Myth #1: A GOOD resume and cover letter will get me the job.

Resumes and letters do not get the job: they advertise for interviews. A resume should not tell enough to make a hiring decision. It should simply entice the reader to want to see you.

Myth #2: The candidate with the best EDUCATION, skills and experience will always get the position.

Many factors are considered in a hiring decision. Education, skills, age, and ability are only a few of the hiring criteria. Employees interview because they want to see you - how you look, interact, and fit in with their organization.

A recent Yale University study reported that 15% of the reason for a personŐs success is due to technical skill and knowledge, and 85% of the reason originates from that personŐs personal skill; attitude, enthusiasm, self-discipline, desire, and ambition.

This is why candidates with the best qualifications on paper frequently do not get the job.

Myth #3: You can plan all you want, but getting a job is really a matter of LUCK, or who you know, or being in the right place at the right time.

Luck is what happens to people who have clear GOALS and detailed plans of ACTION.

Myth #4: Employers appreciate LONG resumes because that gives them more information and saves time interviewing.

Most resumes get 30-40 seconds look. You must be able to communicate clearly, in that time, your areas of competence. There would seldom be a reason to go beyond two pages in length.

Myth #5: Always put your SALARY requirements on you resume.

This can only work against you. Whether high or low it has no positive purpose on a resume. Salary is to be negotiated after the employer decides you are the right person for the job.

Myth #6: You should always close a COVER letter with, "I look forward to hearing from you."

Never! Even in times of low unemployment expecting the receiver to take the initiative is unrealistic. Remember, you must always take the initiative. State when you will call to follow up:

"I will call you Thursday morning concerning any questions we both may have and to discuss a personal meeting."

This may appear to be pushy or assertive, and it may be. But what you want is action! Persistence pays.

Myth #7: The more resumes you send out, the more you increase your chances of getting a job.

Not necessarily. 30-40 resumes combined with quality introduction letters, cover letters and follow-up phone calls are much more effective than 1000 resumes sent out alone.

Myth #8: Once you send you resume. All you can do is WAIT.

If you take no action, you will likely get no results. Always follow-up by phone.

"You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the spark in your eye, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of your will and your energy to execute you ideas. Enthusiasts are fighters, they have fortitude, they have staying qualities. Enthusiam is at the bottom of all progress! With it, there is accomplishment. Without it, there are only alibis."
- Henry Ford


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