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Edition #2

Bradford County Action, Inc.

EMPLOYABILITY NEWS

Success is more Attitude than Aptitude

RESUME HONESTY

Does Your Resume Wear Blue Jeans by C. Edward Good & William Fitzpartick

Companies are acutely aware of the problem of honesty.  This means, for example, that they know all about the problem of resume fraud.  They know people tend to fudge on their resumes.  Some people outright lie on their resumes.  To counter the problem, many employers commission investigative services to verify the facts portrayed on applicants’ resumes!  Hence the two rules for resume writers:

· Never fabricate information on a resume.

· Try to show affirmatively you traits of honesty and integrity.

Each of these deserves separate comment.  First, while you should never put false information on your resume, neither should you include damaging information.  Thus, if you were fired from a job, don’t say “left to obtain a more challenging position,” because it’s a false statement.  But also don’t say  you were fired.  What do you say?  You say nothing.  You have no ethical obligation to reveal damaging information on your resume.  However, if you are asked in an interview why you left that particular job, you must by forthright.

Second, if you’ve held positions of trust, make a point of showing your honesty and integrity.  For example, if you handled money as a sales clerk or bank teller, make sure your resume says you “handled large sums of cash, accurately accounting for every penny.”

TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK 

Make a list of things you think are causing your employment problems, what you think you can do about it, and list what you have already done.  What worked, or could have, if done differently?  For example:

WHAT I DID

WHAT I COULD DO

I dropped my resume off at thirty places. I didn’t get any calls even though I said I was willing to do anything.

Maybe I need to be more specific about what type of work I’m looking for, or do more than just drop off my resume.

I’ve had ten interviews in the last two months but I never seem to get the job.  I’ve been told my resume is very good.

Maybe I need to practice job interviews to see if I can do them better.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

              Eliminate negative words from your vocabulary.  Catch yourself every time you say, “I can’t,” “I never,” “I’m no good at...” and other similar phrases.  Take an active role in replacing negative speech patterns with “I can,”  “I will,” and “I am good at...”  Soon after you’ve established a new pattern, you’ll notice a marked improvement in your overall attitude.

JOB SURVIVAL TIPS

There is no such thing as a “dead-end job”.

Learn all you can from any job you have.  Do it as well as you are able.  Look for chances to put your skills to better use.  Even if you are not able to move up in this organization, a “dead-end” job can give you a good reference for a different position.

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                                                 Shelby Steele-author