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Those Fickle Employers!

Confused

Just when you think you got ’em figured out…

Articles on newest trends in resume writing say it’s passé to include the words, “References provided upon request.” I tell people if they don’t have room at the bottom of their resume for this statement, not to worry about it for the same reason– these days, it’s a given.

So when I reviewed a customer’s well-written resume the other day I was surprised to see her references, neatly divided into professional and personal, at the bottom of her resume.

Why are these here? I asked.

She told me they used to be on a separate document, but an employer she sent her resume to screened her resume out because she did not include references.

We also tell people, when submitting an e-resume, to leave off physical addresses and land lines, as you never know where the resume ends up. My friend did this and received a two-page long email in return from a hiring manager at a small commercial photo company explaining how my friend should include this vital information (never mind that it was already on the company application).

Just goes to show that no two hiring managers or recuiters are ever alike. If you send in a resume that the employer doesn’t think is up to snuff because it fails to do something you have been instructed NOT to do, don’t be afraid to respond– respectully— and give honest rationale supporting your actions. Chances are, the employer may learn a thing or two himself.

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About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.

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