One of your blog posts tells employers to look up an applicant’s court records before hiring them. When I read that, I realized that may be why I’ve sent out 50 resumes and never gotten one interview. I have the same first, middle and last name as a man who has done some very bad things.
Unless it’s my age? I’m sending my resume to you. As you can see, I’ve a lot of experience in many fields but have condensed everything onto one page. So I’m well-qualified for most jobs.
What can I do about my court records’ problem? Thanks for any help you can give a frustrated job seeker.
Although most employers wait until after interviewing applicate before initiating background checks, most employers, particularly those vetting candidates for major jobs, look at trial court records and what applicants have posted on social media sites.
To remedy misassumptions, address it at the bottom of your resume. Place an asterisk note saying you can pass any background check as your record is absolutely clear, although another individual (unrelated to to) but with the same name has legal problems.
While some employers discriminate based on age; however, I think it’s more likely your resume doesn’t give an employer enough reason to interview you. You’ve crammed so many jobs onto one page, you don’t give enough information about any one job.
Further, you’ve listed so many types of jobs, your resume makes a prospective employer worry that you don’t know what type of job you want.
Fix this by overhauling your resume. Detail what you’ve done for past employers in specific terms such as “streamlined procedures resulting in an ability to increase the number of customers served.” Although doing so expands your resume to a page and a half, that’s OK; the one-page resume suggestion went out a decade ago.
Also, cut the number of jobs you include to those you’ve worked in the past 15 to 20 years, thus making your age less obvious, and your job choices appear less scattered.
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