10 Things I Hate About Your Resume

Resume “Don’ts” for Lawyers, Law Students, And Everyone Else Too…

Your mom read it and thinks you come across “very professionally.” Your BFF emailed you with track-change edits, and you were miffed to see that you misspelled “judgment” (contrary to the inclusive leniency of the good people at Microsoft, there really is only one “e”). Perhaps you even had your C.V.’s proverbial loose ends tied up in a 45-minute session with your law school career counselor or job-coach/life-coach/nutritionist.

You’re golden, right?

I have had the pleasure (and endured the pain) of being on both sides of the interview table, having hired and managed attorneys, post-J.D.-pre-Esq.-soon-to-be-attorneys, and administrative staff. To that end, I have been charged with enforcing some order upon the pile of resumes that inevitably amass shortly after an advertisement hits the interweb, like so many barnacles on the hull of a sunken ship.

With that in mind, I would like to air my top 10 grievances with your resume. Think of these as reverse-principals. If your resume is free from these enumerated tragedies, I will be pleased to meet with you, or at least elevate your application to the decision-maker without the augmentation of my red pen having circled offending items.

I shall attempt to avoid personal pet peeves (“Garamond font — really?!”) and instead present universally frowned-upon faux pas. This list is generally ordered from “that was easy!” to “I need to crawl… before I can walk… before I can run… to my next interview.”

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3 Words to Leave Out in Your Next Email

In one week, I’ve dramatically improved my professional communication skills.

Yes, I know, that’s a big claim—but it’s true. And the best part is that the changes I made were simple. I cut three words from my vocabulary: “actually,” “sorry,” and “me.”

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Is Your Application Process Putting Off Potential Employees?

As an employer, you cannot possibly interview every single candidate interested in your job. An efficient application process comes to your help in picking up the right candidate. While resumes give volumes of information about the candidate, at the end of it, a resume is a self-promotion tool for candidates and most of the time, a resume will not give you the information you want for initial screening of candidates. Your application process comes to your rescue in such times. The application process enables employers in initial screening decisions based on uniform information gathered from all job applicants.

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5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time Is Late; Late Is Unacceptable

I have a magic pill to sell you. It will help you make more money, be happier, look thinner, and have better relationships. It’s a revolutionary new pharmaceutical product called Late-No-More. Just one dose every day will allow you to show up on time, greatly enhancing your life and the lives of those around you.

All joking aside, being late is unacceptable. While that sounds harsh, it’s the truth and something that should be said more often. I don’t care if you’re attending a dinner party, a conference call, or a coffee meeting – your punctuality says a lot about you.

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The Dark and Disturbing Secrets HR Doesn’t Want You to Know

I worked in human resources for almost fifteen years at a number of different companies, including a religious-based organization where one of my duties was to teach people how to be appropriate and professional. Yes, I do see the irony in this.

Human resources is the place where people come to complain and/or shoot people when they just can’t take it anymore. Choosing to work in HR is like choosing to work in the complaint department of hell, except way more frustrating, because at least in hell you’d be able to agree that that Satan is a real jerk without having to toe the company line. The HR department is the place where people stop by to say, “THIS IS TOTALLY MESSED UP,” and the HR employees will nod thoughtfully and professionally as they think to themselves, “Wow. That is totally messed up. I wish that this person would leave so I could tell everyone else in the office about it.”

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7 Simple Steps For A Successful Phone Interview

Phone interviews present unique issues that many candidates fail to recognize. There are advantages, such as not worrying about travel. There are, however, also disadvantages, such as losing the ability to display sincerity through body language, the difficulty in making a connection with an interviewer you cannot see, and a very real risk of losing the position due to poor phone etiquette.

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4 Consequences of Lying in a Job Interview

Thinking about padding your résumé or exaggerating your experience in a job interview? Maybe you’ve considered inflating your salary history to see if you can negotiate a higher offer from a new employer. Stop right there.

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Guess Who Doesn’t Fit In at Work

ACROSS cultures and industries, managers strongly prize “cultural fit” — the idea that the best employees are like-minded. One recent survey found that more than 80 percent of employers worldwide named cultural fit as a top hiring priority.

When done carefully, selecting new workers this way can make organizations more productive and profitable. But cultural fit has morphed into a far more nebulous and potentially dangerous concept. It has shifted from systematic analysis of who will thrive in a given workplace to snap judgments by managers about who they’d rather hang out with. In the process, fit has become a catchall used to justify hiring people who are similar to decision makers and rejecting people who are not.

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