A talented executive did not get a job for which he was supremely qualified. The person they selected was qualified, but his depth of relevant experience and accomplishments were not equal.

A resume formatting issue contributed to this jumble. This is a frequent occurrence. 

The successful applicant held three jobs with three employers over seven years. The better-qualified person had five jobs over ten years, all with the same company. 

This applicant errored when he assumed the prospective employer would understand that each move was related to his organization’s operating philosophy and that each transfer represented a promotion.

Two suggestions: 

  1. For multiple jobs with one company, indent each position under the company’s name. If you treat each position as a separate job, the prospective employer will make that assumption.  ( (See the example in the video)
  2. It is a bad idea to ASS U ME. It usually leads to a bad result.