February 17, 2004
Most IT executives know their resumes should
quantify their accomplishments and be free of typos and grammatical
errors, but some may not realize the more subtle mistakes they can
make, such as how they handle listing their contact info.
For example, putting your company e-mail address
and work phone number on your resume may be a bad idea.
"I advise against this, because the question
a potential hiring manager may ask is whether a candidate will search
for a job on their company's time," says Kathy Sweeney, president
of The Write Resume, an online resume preparation service.
When a potential employer contacts you, that
person may be put off if you answer your phone but are unable to
speak at the time. For this reason, including your cell phone number
on a resume can also be problematic. Merging onto the highway or
being in a social situation is not conducive to a phone interview.
Instead, you can control the timing of a discussion
by listing your home telephone number. If an employer calls, he
or she will leave a message and you can return the call when you're
prepared and uninterrupted. And whatever you do, don't let your
children answer the phone or leave cutesy answering machines greetings
while you're job searching.
Also make sure the personalized e-mail address
you list on you resume is a professional one with your first name
and surname rather than hobby or other type of affiliation.