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Resume Red Flags

15 August, 2019 Posted by John G. Self
My list of reg flags include: spelling and grammatical or noticeable formatting issues. I once opened a resume from a candidate for a CFO position ($400,000 base salary). Under his last name was a red squiggly line, the kind of line that signals a misspelled word. I stared at the name on my computer screen. Then it hit me, this person must already be in my database. I quickly looked him up and sure enough I had a pre Read more»

Have you ever caught someone lying in an interview, and what were the consequences?

2 May, 2019 Posted by John G. Self
Yes. Multiple times. Lying about degrees, certifications, employment dates, etc. is less of a problem today. I think everyone FINALLY got the memo that said lying on your resume about the easy-to-catch stuff was really a fool’s errand. Now for the nuanced part of the answer. Lying — or enhancement, if you will — is […] Read more»

Beware of Promises from Resume Writers

11 March, 2019 Posted by John G. Self
I am not a big fan of resume writers.  As an executive recruiter with more than 25 years of retained search experience, I have a lot of reasons not to tout this sub-set of the career management industry, but here are my top three: Changing Job Markets – The job market for industries like healthcare, […] Read more»