When I was on hiring teams sorting resumes, I had 3 piles – immediate no’s (aka recycling bin), maybes (which hardly ever get tapped) and the YES’s – the smallest pile.
When I do workshops and classes on resume writing, this is what I tell people they need to do with their resume – get sorted into the short stack of “to call for an interview” – the “yes pile” out of the hundreds of resumes each hiring manager receives. Yes. HUNDREDS.
Awhile back I was asked to write a guest post called “Getting Your Resume to the Top of the “Yes” Pile by Glad Doggett, a writer for The Army Wife Network and coach at Best Laid Scheme and Grammar Junkie.
Q: What are some of the biggest mistakes you see in resumes?
Q: Is there a format or layout that works best?
Q: The workplace is changing. E-mailed or online resumes might be requested in lieu of snail mailed resumes. What should applicants know and do to ensure they get noticed.
Q: Should volunteer work be included? What other types of unconventional “work” experience can be used?