When you send out your resume, do you hear the sickly sound of groans far off in the distance? When you call or stop by to follow up on your job application, do employers scream and run in the other direction?
If these things happen to you, then you may have a “zombie resume.” Zombie resumes often include one or more of the following characteristics:
Resurrect your resume from the “Land of Dead” by avoiding the problems listed above.
Why make the effort? We are living (or perhaps not living) in a low unemployment environment where jobs are everywhere, but good jobs are few and far between. These good jobs (the ones you want – i.e. high pay, good benefits, a career track, good management, and living co-workers) are hard to get. Unfortunately, a zombie resume is going to stop you 100% of the time from getting one of these jobs.
The hardest one to fix is obviously the issue of ghoulish work experience, because it has more to do with your work history than your resume. If you have a creepy work history full of job hopping, take these steps:
As recruiters, there is nothing more frightening than the drooling, moaning delivery of a “zombie resume” in our inbox. The scariest part is that it doesn’t have to be that way! In almost all cases, the zombie resume could easily be improved and create an employment opportunity for the candidate, not a shrieking, screaming door slamming episode.
Happy Halloween and Good Luck With Your Job Hunt!
Adam Himoff is President of Xemplar, an innovative recruiting and workforce solutions company that enables U.S. clients to beat the ‘skilled labor shortage’ and reliably source the high-value, high-skill employees they need to thrive. To learn more about Xemplar visit our website at www.xemplar.com.