Why You Continue to Attract the 'Wrong' Companies – Even Though You Have a Lot to Offer

Why You Continue to Attract the 'Wrong' Companies – Even Though You Have a Lot to Offer
From Recruiter - March 6, 2017

Because Ive recently been doing freelance work with, I literally see dozens of resumes each and every day.

Before I attempt to shake readers awake with my words,let me state for the record that I understand with every fiber of my being why people are making these poor choices. I spent years experiencing the same feelings and making the same poor choices during my own painstaking job search.

After I deliver the tough reality for you to chew on in this post, I will offer some inside information that will give you a competitive advantage in another installment.

Sound like a fair trade?

You Are Awesome and Have a Lot to OfferBut Youre Making Big Mistakes in Your Job Search

First, I do want to reiterate what I said in the title:You are awesome, and you have a lot to offer.

The majority of candidates I speak to are wonderful people who have achieved a ton of incredible things throughout their careers. They are talented, smart, well rounded, and insightful, and they would make tremendous contributions tomany good organizations. This is why its painful for me to see what these same people are doing behind the scenes and why I am so passionate about my message.

Here is the tough reality: The No. 1 reason you keep attracting these bad companies and dont believe any good companies or opportunities even exist anymore is yourself.

Its not them. Its you.

Well, you are not exactly the problem. What you are doing, how you are presenting yourselfthese are the problems.

Does this news sting a littleor maybe a lot? Thats okay.We needed to rip the bandage off.

Now, heres the great news: Once you realize you are theone creating the problem, you can identifythe issue and create a solution.

Reviewing dozens of resumes a day submitted bypeople from all over the country has given me an even deeper sense of compassionfor recruiters and hiring managers.

Withvery few exceptions, the resumes I read are jumbled, wordy, and very, very unclear. For example, a person will list (what feels like) 30 different skills and types of positions they feel they can excel in. Their work experience will be all over the map with littlecoherence between positions.

Next, some peoples salary requests are genuinely humorous. I literally saw a resume the other day in which a womanlisted her salary range as $60,000-350,000.

Wait. Hold on. Youre on a professional site, paying for a resume distribution service, and youve built a $290,000 flexibility into your salary? Thanks for being so flexible! These crystal clear guidelines will make it so very easy for me to find you an ideal fit. (Not.)

Thats an extreme example, but very frequently, I will see $50,000+ salary ranges. These people are usually not open to relocatingwhich could explain such large rangesso it just comes off as confusing. And this isnt a simple money problem: It also makes it very difficult to determine the level of position you would be interested in.

And dont even get me started on how many people blatantly lie on their resumes!

I will put asidemy recent pertinent experiences and observations for now. Instead, I will share relevant research conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder:


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