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Why you shouldn’t rely on friends or family members to review your resume

February 19, 2016 By Matt Krumrie | Write Comment

fbcoverMarch15hEvery resume article preaches the importance of reviewing your resume. You know – that one mistake can cost you the chance to get the job. By now we all know not to make mistakes. 

Many resume articles also tell you to get a number of people involved in reviewing your resume. Have your colleague review your resume, experts say. Share it with your wife or husband. Have someone from your church group review it. Bring it to a job club and pass it around. 

This is insanity. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to have someone review/read/proof your resume for mistakes. But don’t rely on others to look over your resume and expect it to benefit you.

Why?

Because those people mentioned know nothing about what human resource professionals, recruiters and hiring managers want to read on a resume. You are going to get so much mixed feedback and insight that you are either going to start doubting you’ve achieved any successes in your career, or you are going to think it’s so good you will get every job you apply for. Leave it to a person who is trained and skilled at reading or writing resumes.

The only people who should review your resume are you, and perhaps someone who works in the same field as you – like a trusted colleague or past co-worker, an industry professional, or if you are lucky enough, a trained HR professional, specifically one in the industry for which you are applying.

Otherwise, you are wasting time getting opinions from people who know nothing about writing a resume – or more so, nothing about what it takes to get hired in your field. The next time you read an article where the writer says have many people review your resume, you should run, fast. 

Leave it to the experts – such as professional resume writers or career coaches or counselors, or HR professionals who actually hire or read resumes to review the resume. Or if you have that industry professional or co-worker – someone who works in your industry or field, understands your business, skills, experiences and how it translates to your next job, then seek advice from them – and them only. 

Don’t rely on family, friends or others not familiar with reading and reviewing resumes,  they are not trained do so. They can proof it, but don’t go to them for advice on what they like, what should be changed or what you should do differently. 

Got it?

Good luck!

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