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Top Three Resume Mistakes

What are the 3 most common resume mistakes job seekers make?

1. The kitchen sink syndrome. I see too many resumes in which the writer has tried to include practically everything they’ve ever done in their career. It lacks focus and doesn’t tell the hiring manager a compelling story about you.

2. No customization. A lot of people customize the cover letter but not the resume. Big mistake. Look at the job description. Pay attention to the keywords and experience the company is looking for, and make sure you customize your resume with that in mind.

3. Hiring a resume writer with no business experience. The typical resume writer is simply a writer. I’ve hired over 1,000 people in my business career. I know what hiring managers are looking for, and what will cause them to call you and ask for an interview.

Entering Through the Back Door: Job Opportunities Do Exist

If you read the recent story in the San Francisco Chronicle, reporting survey results about hiring in Silicon Valley, you’d be pretty discouraged. Here’s the Chronicle’s headline: “Silicon Valley CEOs describe bleak job market.”

The survey, of 148 companies and performed by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, reported that 4 in 10 companies cut jobs last year. Nearly 42 percent of the companies said they’d cut jobs since January 2008, compared to an average of 12 percent for earlier.

Shall we file this one under “Gloom, Doom,” and buy into the despair? Not so fast. On the flip side, what this survey tells me is that 6 in 10 companies did not reduce their workforces last year. And if you’ve got 42 percent of companies cutting jobs since January 2008, that means 58 percent have not cut jobs.

More to the point: I’ve sat at the table with fellow business executives at 3Com Corporation and Cisco as we made decisions on cutting budgets and headcount. But usually, after the cuts were made, a funny thing would happen. Managers with “special projects” would ask for special consideration to fill one or more all-important new positions.

And so, in my experience, at the moment some employees are being escorted out the front door, new employees are entering quietly through the back door. You could be one of them.

Go for it.

For a complimentary consultation, please call Nick Parham at (415) 602-5595. Or send e-mail to I have offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.