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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

cautionary tale: leaving Track Changes on your resume

Today I got a resume where the candidate had left Word's Track Changes feature on. As a result, I could see all the edits someone had made on his resume, and I know that they weren't his own, because they also included suggestions like "you have to beef up the first paragraph."

I don't have a problem with him having editing help; I have a problem with the carelessness. It made him an instant rejection, even though he was otherwise was qualified.

There are so many silly ways of shooting yourself in the foot that are easily avoided if you pay attention.

14 comments:

Karla said...

That's cute and silly at the same time. On a positive note, it's proof there are some Word skills there :-)

A Girl Named Me said...

I suggest that applicants send their resumes in PDF.

Not only will this take care of the above situation, sending in PDF will also assure that the reader can open the files being sent and view them as intended - avoiding issues with the various versions of word processing programs and Mac vs. PC.

Cris Janzen said...

Good reminder!
HR should take note of this too. Once when I was helping a client negotiate a new position, she forwarded her job offer to me and I discovered the sender had left track changes on! They had created her offer over someone else's for a similar position in a different market. It was nice benchmark data and she did well.

Deirdre HR Maven said...

I notified a candidate that she had submitted her resume with track changes still on and for whatever reason, the hiring department still wanted to consider her. I told her that she needed to resubmit it. She thought I was offering to make the corrections FOR HER. I told her no, she had to fix it herself and resubmit.

Duh.

Anonymous said...

Regarding .pdf files as an alternate way to submit a resume:

It's been a couple of years since I was responsible for an applicant tracking system, but I recall that .pdf files were the worst...they would not import at all.

Not everyone has the software to make .pdf files, either. It's very expensive.

Anonymous said...

It is no longer expensive to buy software to create pdf's...unless $10 is expensive.

Ask a Manager said...

Can't you normally just do it from Word?

In Word, go to Print, then click "save as PDF." I've never understood why they put that option in the Print menu, but there it is.

Rebecca said...

Who's still paying for PDF-creating software?

FYI - Older versions of Word will not let you convert to PDF. (My workplace is still using MS Office 2000.)

Rebecca said...

ETA -- no, I am not advocating stealing; I am advocating downloading one of the awesome free PDF programs out there. Foxit is my personal favorite, but there are a half-dozen others to choose from, and plenty of reviews out there in the tubes to help you decide.

Anonymous said...

I've had that happen to me as well (as a manager) - instant rejection. I had fun reading the deleted comments, though :)

Andy Spence said...

I must admit I have submitted a CV in Word with 'track-changes' on view....very embarrassing, but thankfully not too many sarcastic comments! I always use PDF.

Anonymous said...

I also use PDF (unless the recruiter specifies they need Word due to a system limitation), and anyone can make PDF files for free using Open Office (even though, as AAM mentioned, it's also possible to use Print to File in Word to do so).

Open Office allows you to easily save not only text but also presentations (like PowerPoint) in PDF, which makes a much better distribution format.

Vanessa M. said...

Google Documents also allows for saving in PDF format - anywhere, anytime, free! I *heart* google.

Timothy Jones said...

This is yet another reason why software developers (at least the ones worth having) absolutely BALK at using Word for resumes. We know just how bad it is.

And by the way, OpenOffice is totally FREE and has had PDF from the very beginning.