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10/30/07
Resume Red Flags
Filed under: Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 8:13 am

When reviewing resumes the following
list of items provide “red-flags” for
holding up someone’s consideration
for a position.

1) academic credentials - For technical
fields it is best to match the field of
expertise being sought.  However,
experience often trumps training.  So,
highlight specific experience in the
highlights section of a resume that
matches desired expertise.

2) gaps in employment - So it is
imperative to have a continuous
career learning plan for yourself. 
If you are not fully employed seek
out learning, volunteering and
part-time experiences.  These can
productively fill the resume gap.

3) short-term employment W/O cause -
Define project based work and point
out completion or accomplishments.
This points out the underscored
advice to work hard to leave only on
the basis as friends with only good
words to say about your performance
and you about the organization.

4) long term employment without
advancement

5) organizing your resume as strictly
functional or skills based.  It is more
acceptable to reviewers to create
chrono-functional resumes which
reveal work history and titles.

I would be very interested in any
other “red-flag” issues that can come
up in resumes.  Please send them.

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