Monday, November 24, 2008

Don’t Frighten Employers With Your Resume

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The job market is looking pretty scary, which is why you should avoid putting things on your resume that are really frightening.

San Diego-based “resume guru” Robert Dagnall says many people can’t scare up work because their resumes confuse personal and professional achievements.

For instance, one woman listed the fact that she had “never trapped a man” as one of her accomplishments, while another felt that reuniting with her boyfriend after he was released from prison was a good enough reason for an employer to hire her.

Dagnall says it’s important that a resume focus on what an applicant can do for a company, not on their past.

But while a shady past or weird personal life might not be good to list on a resume, it’s not a deal-breaker.

Dagnall was once able to get a former prostitute hired as a receptionist at a top ad agency by emphasizing her “oral communication skills.”

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