Watching Out for Resume Landmines

By: Sumi Das Email
By: Sumi Das Email

August 2, 2011 -

Almost 25 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. And if you're one of them-you know just how tough this job market is.

Job-seekers have a lot to worry about these days. Resume gaps and other blemishes can easily top that list. Fibbing will only make matters worse, especially if you're caught. Seventy percent of recruiters say they've caught a lie on a resume.

But there are better ways to avoid hard truths. Experts say it just takes a little creativity.

"If you happen to have been laid off or you're looking for a job and you're not currently employed, the best way to cover that up is to actually do consulting for other companies," says Daniel Greenberg from Simply Hired.

Suppose you're in your 50s and you're looking for a job, how should you handle that?

"Feel free to eliminate any earlier experience and often what people will do is eliminate the years that they went to university so that someone can't pinpoint their age."

You can modernize the look of your resume at sites like visual c-v dot com or viral resume dot com.

What do you do if you've been fired from a job?

"Absolutely nothing. Don't mention it. Wait until you are asked. The purpose of the resume is to get the interview."

And getting the interview can be challenging enough. Employers rarely spend more than 30 seconds looking at a resume and many use automated search tools.

'You want to make sure, as a job seeker, that your resume has all of the relevant key words that a recruiter or hiring manager will look for."

So use your space wisely.

For CBS Moneywatch, I'm Sumi Das.

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