Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't Assume An Online Resume Is Current

I've made this mistake a couple of times... When you talk with a job seeker you've found online, make sure to ask how current their resume is. During a recent interview, I printed up a job seeker's resume and showed it to him, and he said, "Wow, that's old!" On paper I thought he'd been at the job for 4 years, but the resume was actually 4 years old and he'd worked at 3 other jobs since then (aka the resume was 4 years AND 4 jobs old)!

The reason it's important to get a current resume isn't because the resume is old. Who cares if you look a little silly by giving someone the wrong piece of paper? The real landmine you want to avoid is the conclusions interviewers might draw. When a hiring manager finds that the resume isn't current, the process is less than professional and you risk undermining a job seeker's personal image as seen by an interviewer. We're all people and we all have biases (whether we want to admit that or not).

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