It can be so big of a deal that it can cause you to lose job opportunities.
Sure, we all know that misspellings, grammatical errors and formatting errors can all cost you a job. Your resume is likely to be ignored if you chose the wrong document format.
The email address you use can help you get a job, cause employers and recruiters to choose someone else or even cause your resume to go straight to the discard pile.
Even the clothes you wear to an interview can cause you to win … or lose a job. In fact, I once got a job because the hiring manager liked my taste in ties (no kidding!). But if I wore that very same tie into a different interview with a different hiring manager, it might not have turned out the same way. If I wore a suit and tie to a software firm interview, they probably would have laughed me out the door.
None of these have anything at all to do with how well you would perform at the job. But they have everything to do with first impressions, personal branding and fit.
You could be God’s gift to marketing analysts, with the best examples of how you’ve already solved the exact problems the hiring manager faces. But if you do something so minor as using the wrong phone number on your resume, you’ll lose opportunities.
This isn’t just a risk, this happens all the time. Based on the resumes I review, almost every single one of you is using the wrong phone number on your resume.
I can hear every single one of you asking “How can I be using the wrong phone number? I use my home (or cell) number”.
Guess what? They’re both the wrong number to use on your resume.
How can both your cell and home number possibly be the wrong number to use on your resume?
To answer that question, consider the story of Steve.
Steve should be able to tell you why using a home or cell number on your resume is the wrong number … except Steve doesn’t even know he’s missing job opportunities.
What could be worse than missing job opportunities? Missing job opportunities without knowing that you’re missing opportunities – because if you don’t know, you can’t fix it.
I don’t personally know the details of Steve’s job search. He’s not a client of mine. I just know that Steve’s missing job opportunities.
Even though Steve’s not a client of mine and even though I’ve never seen Steve’s resume, I do know that Steve moved about a year ago. He may have moved out of state, or merely to a different part of the state with a different area code.
How could I possibly know all of this information about someone I’ve never met, someone I’ve never spoken to, exchanged an email with? How can I know all of this about someone who’s resume I’ve never reviewed, someone who’s social networking profiles I’ve never seen?
I started to learn all about Steve about a year ago, right after I moved from Chicago to the Denver area. I’ve learned that Steve was considering laser eye surgery, that he missed his dentist appointment and doctor’s appointment – I guess that makes sense if Steve moved. I even had the wonderful opportunity to hear from a couple of Steve’s creditors. I get to hear from the ghost of Steve about every other week.
And today, I got a voice mail message from a recruiter offering Steve a job opportunity as the project manager for a health care company.
Steve listed his home number on his resume, moved, changed his number and he missed a job opportunity today.
Steve obviously didn’t plan on moving when he listed his home number on his resume. Perhaps he moved for an out of state job. Maybe Steve’s happy with his job and new home. But maybe he’s not – Maybe Steve just got chewed out by his boss, got passed over for a promotion/raise and this would be just the day he’d love to talk to a recruiter to see what’s out there.
Except Steve didn’t get the call … I did.
So what’s the right number? Google Voice – It’s free, it can be forwarded to any land line or cell phone without any forwarding charges, and it doesn’t expire. If you use Google Voice on your resume, you can move anywhere in the country and have your calls forwarded to your cell phone, your land line or just to a voice mail, all without costing you a penny. Plus, if you use Google Voice just for your job search, you’ll know every time a phone call is a job related call … so you know whether to answer the phone or screen.
But most importantly, you’ll always get the calls from your old resumes, even if the unexpected happens … and you change your phone number or move.
No one plans on the possibility they might move or change their phone number, but it happens. However, smart candidates can easily plan for this possibility by spending 5 minutes to set up a free Google Voice number.
Or, you can use your just use your home phone and risk missing opportunities when the unexpected happens.
Hey Steve! If you’re out there, shoot me an email and I’ll give you the details of what sounds like a pretty sweet job.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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