I participate in the Career Collective, a community of bloggers who talk about careers and write different posts in response to a common question each month. Up today: scary resume mistakes in honor of Halloween.
My mistake is one that can't be seen on the resume–it lies underneath and only shows up in electronic searches to the discerning eye.
I'm talking about Document Properties. The information you see when you view a doc in GoogleDocs or in the information line on a file. Most specifically: the author field. It's very easy to overlook this minor detail.
When you save your resume, make sure you are listed as the author of your resume. Not anyone else who gave you tips or provided you with writing assistance. Not your friends. And especially not your former employer.
When a prospective employer sees a different name on your resume, they won't tell you. They may just not consider you.
Here's how to fix this in Microsoft Word. Use "Save As" to save your document. Enter your name as author and title in the Properties section.
That's it. A quick fix for a potentially scary mistake.
Here are suggestions from my fellow colleagues on Career Collective. (And Happy Halloween!)
- Where Are the Wild Things, Anyway?, @WorkWithIllness
- Is Your Job Search Making You Feel Like a Smashed Pumpkin?, @DebraWheatman
- Hiding in Plain Sight, @WalterAkana
- Don't make these frightful resume mistakes, @LaurieBerenson
- How Not to Be a Spooky Job Seeker, @heathermundell
- A Tombstone Resume:Eulogizing Your Experience, @GayleHoward
- The Top Ten Scary Things Job Seekers Do, @barbarasafani
- Oh, Job Search Isn't Like Trick or Treating?, @careersherpa
- A Most Unfortunate Resume Mistake No One Will Tell You, @chandlee
- Oh no. Not the phone!, @DawnBugni
- Halloween Caution: Job Seeker Horror, @resumeservice
- Boo! Are you scaring away opportunities or the competition? @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
- Your Career Brand: A Scary Trick or an Appealing Treat?, @KCCareerCoach
- How to avoid mistakes on your resume, @Keppie_Careers
- Sc-sc-scary Resume Mistakes, @erinkennedycprw
- A Flawed Resume is a Scary Prospect, @KatCareerGal
- Job Search Angst: Like Clouds Mounting Before a Storm, @ValueIntoWords
- Does Your Career Costume Fit You?, @expatcoachmegan