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IN CRISIS? GET A STRATEGIC CFO! – CEO Blindspots Podcast

Friend of the firm, Birgit Kamps, recently had Strategic CFO President, Dan Corredor, as a guest on her podcast, CEO Blindspots. They discuss the importance of having/being a Strategic CFO and financial leadership. You can listen to the full episode below. 

CEO BLINDSPOTS HOSTBirgit Kamps. She was speaking five languages by the age of 10, and lived in five countries with her Dutch parents prior to becoming an American citizen. Birgit’s professional experience includes starting and selling an “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Company” and a “Best Company to Work for in Texas”, and serving as a Board Member with various companies. In addition, Birgit is the President of Hire Universe LLC, and the host of the CEO Blindspots podcast which was recognized in 2020 by Spotify for having the “biggest listener growth” in the USA (by 733%), and having listeners in 11 countries. 

For full podcast description and more episodes, click here. 

SHRM calls ICHRA the 401K for Group Health Benefits

Fed-up with group health insurance? ICHRA is the new way to offer great health benefits and avoid ACA penalties, SHRM calls it the 401K for group health benefits. 

In 2020 the Department of Labor, HHS and IRS changed the rules for employer health benefits. They changed the Affordable Care Act mandates and penalties for every employer. It created the Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA) to help average employers compete. ICHRA gives average employers a new alternative to group health insurance.. 

The new ICHRA rules went into effect on the eve of the shutdown, so most employers don’t know about it yet.  Most don’t know that ICHRA is an ACA compliant alternative to group health insurance.  The majority of large employers still believe group health insurance is the only way to offer great health benefits, and comply with the law. 

Traditional Group Health Insurance is Failing

Year after year, expecting a different result. Group Health Insurance is as close to Insanity as it gets. 

But, after a paycheck,  ‘good health benefits’ are the number one thing job applicants are after.  Now more than ever, great employee health benefits are important.  It’s getting harder to find great employees, and even harder to hang on to them. Employees need health benefits that are affordable and something they can actually use. Yet at the same time rising premiums continue to rise. This pressures employers to make hard compromises in plan selection that decrease the coverage just to hold down the premium increase.  It’s a sad situation that employers suffer through during open enrollment.     

Every year about this time owners and CFO’s are bracing for the coming insurance renewal quotes.  You know the dreaded feeling? That Q4 call from your insurance broker is never good news.  Seeing your worst-case budget guess, surpassed by a double digit premium hike. 

Any good health insurance broker is able to present lots of ways to ‘rearrange the deck chairs’ and help you buy more insurance. They all involve decreasing benefits and increasing the employee’s share of premiums. This means restricting access, increasing deductibles, and/or coinsurance.  

So once your broker has the open market insurance quotes, it’s time for the dreaded plan redesign. This is when you and your insurance broker skinny down the benefits to lower the premium. It can take days reviewing plans, and hours discussing ways to limit the employee’s health benefits. It’s a lot of work just to keep the premiums from rising too much.  It makes you feel kind of cheap, taking benefits away from your employees. Hopefully there isn’t too much of a bad reaction this year. 

Alternative Ways to Source Group Insurance 

Most large employers have a smart health insurance broker.  They get paid to submit your company census and rate history to insurance carriers, and then return with quotes. A good broker should assess your benefit objectives and compile financial comparisons and recommendations to get you there. They should also be able to help you source group health insurance in several different formats:

  • A professional employer organisation (PEO) with a master master health insurance policy, 
  • Open market group health plans 
  • A Self Funded strategy
  • A Level Self Funded option 
  • A Captive Arrangement 

Note that each of these requires insurance to be purchased to protect against the risk that some employees get really sick. 

Managing For Lower Health Insurance Premiums 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch with group health insurance.  The carriers will look at your group demographics, rate history and claims history. They have all the data and it tells them a lot about the health of your group.  This year’s data is the basis of your premiums next year.  They look at last year’s ‘experience’ (also known as claims) to determine how much of an increase you will get to pay.   

They use a thing called the Medical Loss Ratio.  This compares a previous year of premiums against the health claims paid for your employees.  If the carrier didn’t make the federally approved profit on your policy, they are allowed to increase your premiums. The increase is meant to catch-up on the lost profit, and to make sure your group is profitable next year.  Playing catch up is why double digit premium  increases are so common. 

 Some employers try to implement wellness programs and incentives for healthy behaviors.  Thbis can result in employees using less healthcare. Others implement health access tools like direct primary care, Teladoc, or 2MD.  The idea is to help employees be smarter healthcare consumers. Health tools like this can reduce claims and premium increases over time.  But results can be slow and continuous employee engagement is vital to be successful.  

If your group gets healthier and your claims history decreases your insurance broker should be shopping for a rate decrease. This is usually something you should push your broker to do every year, or every other year at a minimum.  Not all brokers feel incentivized to ask for rate decreases.  Because lower premiums means a lower commission. It’s always a good idea to keep motivations in mind with your outside consultants.  If your group is healthy, it might be productive to consider shopping brokers from time to time.      

Comparing Group Health Insurance vs Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA)

Once you have your best health insurance rates and plans is the time to compare to an ICHRA based strategy.  Because group insurance is not needed for an ICHRA approach, brokers have a small conflict of interest.  Switching to ICHRA is going to take a little extra effort this one time. Renewing your group health insurance coverage is easier.  But this simple side by side comparison will help you know how much a little extra effort can save you.  The best news is, that once you make the switch to ICHRA you never have to deal with open enrollment for group health insurance, ever again.  Once your employees test drive their new ICHRA health benefits they will be more loyal and productive. 

Unlike group insurance, ICHRA is not a one size fits all solution.  ICHRA is flexible for employees and for employers. There’s an ICHRA strategy for big employers with high turnover, low wages.  There is an entirely different strategy where high quality, affordable health benefits are essential to the stable operation and growth of the company.

Fortunately there are ICHRA specialists like Scoop Health who work with employers to customize an ICHRA strategy to meet the goals and objectives for benefits.  This can range from outstanding health benefits that attract, retain and reward employees, to the lowest cost ACA compliance.  

Scoop Health uses a detailed financial model to compare your existing group insurance to an ICHRA strategy. This includes testing for ACA Affordability, which was just increased to 9.83% of pay in 2021.   They can help you make contribution adjustments for things like age, class, eligibility, and location.  The resulting model provides a clear contrast between the two alternatives.  It makes the decision to stay or switch much more obvious and easy to make.

ICHRA based benefits are flexible and budget friendly.

Not surprisingly, Individual Coverage HRA has been dubbed the ‘401K for employee health benefits’ by the HR experts at SHRM.  It’s because both 401K, and ICHRA involve an employer making a defined contribution that employees get to ‘invest’ the way they want.  ICHRA is basically a tax vehicle, just like the 401K. The employer offers to contribute pre-tax funds via the HRA.  Employees use it to pay for health benefits they select to suit their lifestyle and budget.  If an employee declines, the employer keeps the money, and satisfies the ACA coverage mandate.

The bare bones ICHRA contribution could be the lowest dollar amount to satisfy the ACA’s ‘affordability testing’, thus avoiding ACA penalties. Employees could use the contribution offer to purchase health insurance of their own choosing.  With the employee probably paying a part of the total premium out of pocket. This is often the case with group insurance too.  In the ICHRA implementation, any employees opting for individual health insurance are helped through the process using advisors like Kind Health.  

An Affordable Plan to Attract, Reward, and Retain Great Employees. 

When high quality employee health benefits are important ICHRA can be used as the foundation for a more robust plan. The ICHRA is used to pay for certain ‘Qualified Medical Expenses’ when packaged in an Employee Assistance Program.  The EAP provides these first dollar benefits to every employee.     

In Scoop Health’s ICHRA strategy the EAP is used to pay for unlimited virtual primary care.  The ICHRA also reimburses 100% of preventative care costs, including vision and dental.  This first dollar benefit is highly appreciated by employees. Virtual primary care has been shown to address 85% of most employees’ everyday health needs. It’s a big hit with employees, especially those with families, busy schedules, and juggling working from home. What employee wouldn’t love unlimited primary care, for free? 

For catastrophic protection employees get to choose. They can invest the employer’s ICHRA contribution to purchase individual health insurance if they want.  Ot accept the employers contribution towards a less costly alternative known as, Medical Cost Sharing.  Employees feel better about their employer’s health benefits when they get to choose what is best for their health and their finances.   

ICHRA Got Shutdown Too. 

In 2019 the Department of Labor and HHS said group health insurance was only working for the very largest employers and punishing the rest. They created Individual Coverage HRA to level the playing field.  The Feds predict that over one million businesses will make the switch from group health insurance to ICHRA by 2030.  ICHRA went live on 1/1 2020.

What’s So Much Better About ICHRA?

  • ICHRA satisfies the ACA mandates without insurance. 
  • Employees overwhelmingly prefer choices they can select based on individual health and budget.   

There are real positive benefits for employers choosing ICHRA vs group health insurance.

  • Cost about 30% less
  • Stable and predictable rates
  • More equitable for employees and their individual differences 
  • Elimination of group health insurance hassles 
  • Eliminates any time or resources for managing employee health risk.      

The Future of Employee Health Benefits

Post-pandemic health insurance premiums are expected to spike. That is why more employers are showing strong interest in ICHRA as the secret to affordable group health benefits that employees will use and brag to their friends about.

About the Author: Art Goetze
Art Goetze is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Scoop Health. His first kitchen table start-up hit the Fortune 500 and New York Stock Exchange in one year.  He has participated in the acquisition and integration of over 200 companies and 36,000 employees. Art founded the nation’s first freestanding emergency centers as well as the first membership based primary care practice in Texas. He is a pioneer in healthcare innovation and ICHRA based employee health benefits. 

Selling Your Business & the Value of Accounting Records

M&A Current Environment

2020 and 2021 have been record years for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) despite COVID19.  Liquidity in the marketplace, abundance of retiring baby boomers, and low interest rates continue to fuel the M&A market.   This seller’s market has allowed multiples for selling businesses to remain at high levels.  Investment bankers representing sellers are so busy, that I was recently told they are no longer accepting new clients for the remainder of this year. (August 2021). This got me thinking about valuation and the disservice many business owners are doing themselves. A recurring theme noticed in our practice/experience and by Investment Bankers has to do with accounting records. More importantly, the lack thereof.

The Number One Problem with Selling a Business

My team and I continued to be amazed by the lack of understanding and importance placed on accounting records by business owners. These are not small mom & pop operations; I am talking about companies that bring in $20, $50 and even $100 million in revenue! The business owners have run these companies for as long as 30 years based on “gut feelings” and “shooting from hip”. While they have been successful, they have likely left a lot of money on the table over the years. They have not invested in their accounting department or accounting records because they consider it “overhead”. While they may have a bookkeeper and Tax CPA, they do not have a strong accounting department or in house managerial CPA. They don’t have a real controller or CFO, perhaps by title only.

The Value of Good Accounting Records

Some companies fail because they do not have solid U.S. GAAP financials when times get tough, and others manage to survive with street smarts.  But when you want to sell your business the first thing a potential buyer or Investment Banker will ask for is your most current financial statements.  Warning to business owners, this does not mean the cash basis or tax basis financials your Tax CPA may prepare for you.  Your Tax CPA is NOT the one that will prepare your U.S. GAAP based Managerial Financial Statements.  In order to sell your business and obtain the highest value possible, your company must have solid accounting records and financial statements that are U.S. GAAP or IFRS based. These are most likely accrual basis financial statements.  If you are a manufacturer, you need good cost accounting records.  You need to have good internal controls, written process and procedures in place. You also need to have a timely set of month end, quarter end and year end financials.  

Cost V. Benefit

You can still sell your business if you do not have any of this; I have seen it happen. Anything can be sold, the question is at what price? Companies lacking a solid accounting department and records are likely to leave millions of dollars on the table when it’s time to sell. For example, a $50 million revenue company with nice margins and 100 employees can expect to spend $75k-$150k to have a professional team come in and clean up the accounting/financial records. Doing so would yield MILLIONS in value at the closing table. Yet so many business owners do not seem to understand this or see the value. This is what I struggle to understand.

The lack of solid accounting records and timely financial statements causes questions, delays and likely a reduction in price when it’s time to sell. This is a reality I have seen in my 30 years of experience time and time again. Yet getting business owners to understand this simple cost vs benefit is a daily battle!

To Business Owners

You’ve built a good, successful company and likely made a lot of money over the years. Whether you were running your business based on “gut feelings” or your own knowledge, you may feel at times you were “sailing blind” and didn’t have the tools to know exactly what the financial performance or health of the business was.

Now it’s time to sell. You’ll be asked to provide financial statements for the most current period and likely the last 3 years. These financial statements must be according to U.S GAAP or IFRS standards in order to maximize the value of the company. If your financial statements are not up to these standards, invest in your business and hire the team you need to correct them. Avoid the trap of having your business value discounted. Make the investment and enjoy what you deserve.

Don’t leave any money on the closing table. Download a copy of the Top 10 Destroyers of Value, our free guide to maximizing business valuations.

 

CPA’s are Specialized

The Difference in CPAs

Looking back at my career I don’t know how many times I have introduced myself to someone and they ask, “Are you a CPA?” and I say yes. Then they tell me “you must be very busy with tax season” and I look at them with a bit of awe and try not to roll my eyes at them. Then I go into the discussion of the different roles that CPAs have and areas of interest they may specialize in.  I have a current CPA license, but I do NOT hold myself out to be a CPA…I don’t even do my own taxes!  I have a CPA that specializes in tax, and she prepares my annual federal return.

 

What is a CPA?

CPAs are Certified Public Accountants.  They are individuals that have met the minimum requirements of studying accounting and passed the CPA exam in one of the 50 states. In other countries, they are called Chartered Accountants.

 

In order to claim you are practicing CPA or a CPA firm, you must meet certain requirements that are dictated by regulators such as AICPA, FASB and SEC.  This may be confusing, but for example, I hold a current CPA license…but I am NOT a practicing CPA and our firm is NOT a CPA firm.  We do not perform any sort of attestation engagements. We do this on purpose. We do not market ourselves as CPAs because we don’t do things like audits.  We do not want to be a CPA firm. Instead, we focus on helping companies with accounting problems and have the accounting work outsourced to us. We also provide consulting work.

 

You do not have to be a CPA to do “accounting” but adhering to the frequently updated accounting principles and guidance provided by the AICPA, FASB and SEC will make you a better, more professional accountant.  Keeping a current CPA license shows that you know and do this.

 

Different Types of CPAs..

CPAs can specialize in many different areas.  Some hold out to be practicing CPAs, others join CPA firms, and others have a current license but do not hold themselves out to be a CPA that practices and provides attestation engagements.

 

You would not go to your cardiologist for a colonoscopy, so why would you to go your tax preparer who is a CPA for managerial financial statements?

 

These are some areas that CPAs can specialize in:

 

Often, I am introduced to a business owner or CEO running a multimillion-dollar business and I ask them about their accounting department.  They tell me that they have a bookkeeper, and a CPA, but the CPA is the tax preparer.  The same person that has been preparing the tax return for years who is often a trusted advisor.  I love tax CPAs; I have a good friend who prepares my taxes and she’s a CPA. I would never try to prepare my own tax return because that is a specialized field, and the tax preparer must know the latest tax laws.

 

This is not a knock on Tax CPAs. Most of them are very good at what they do, but it’s safe to say that someone who spends their entire full time work week on tax is not going to be the right person to assist you with running your business and preparing managerial financial statements per U.S. GAAP. Many tax returns are on a cash basis, and the tax preparer is assisting the business owner to minimize the tax liability. This means expense as much as you can and have the smallest net income or negative income if possible.  In running a business and managerial accounting, we want to have the biggest bottom line as possible and highest margins.

 

So, are you starting to see why there are two different roles?

 

As managerial accountants (CPAs that know U.S. GAAP), we have experience running companies.  We have been Controllers, CFOs, and CEOs of companies.  We have managed through financial distress and economic down turns. We have managed payroll, treasury and other functions.  We manage cashflow and we are focused on maximizing margins and cash flow.  We want Earnings Before, Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) to be as high as possible because that means your operating cash flow will be high and the value of your business will be high.  We want the value of your business to increase.  Your tax preparer, who is an expert in their own field is only focused on the smallest bottom line as possible and the current tax law that is applicable.

 

Monthly Financial Statements

I am sure I will get some heat from good tax CPAs, but I am simply pointing out that we all have our own area of specialty.  Business owners and CEOs need to understand that a Tax CPA may not be the best person to consult with about running your day-to-day operation or preparing your monthly financial statements.  As a business leader you need a monthly management report that includes financial statements on an accrual basis per U.S. GAAP. You need KPIs and dashboards for both the financial and operating side of the business.  You also need tools such as a budget, cash flow forecasts and flash reports.  Margin analysis and cost accounting if you are a manufacturer.  These are things that a good managerial accountant can provide you and something that the Tax CPA will likely not be able to provide or provide with little accuracy.

 

Growing Companies Need More…

It is just a fact of a growing company.  When you are running a company with millions in revenue you will need more resources.  A tax CPA for sure, attorney, insurance broker and a good accounting staff that is more than a Bookkeeper.  Good managerial accounting is required for growing companies. You’ll eventually need a Controller, who is probably someone that holds a CPA license, and eventually a solid CFO.  A solid professional accounting department will pay for itself.  Do not be afraid to make that investment. The financial health of your business is critical, the only way to measure it is with professional accounting and solid financial reporting at the end of each month.

 

Strategy for Managing Cash, How to Manage Cash Flow

Accounting VS. Bookkeeping

In our industry we often run into businesses that do not understand the difference between bookkeeping and accounting.  It is not the business owner’s fault. After all, they are in the business of making money for whatever service or product they sell.  But, to know if you are making any money you need to measure the results of all transactions. That is where bookkeeping and accounting are required.

 

Most small business start the same way… the owner is the CEO, CFO, salesperson, AND the person that puts together quotes and delivers the product or service.  As the company grows the owner will hire more people and then find themselves with a business invoicing 10, 20, 30 million in revenue and more.   Now that they have tens of millions in sales, they are going to spend money on marketing, salespeople, insurance, rent… but very little on “accounting”.  After all its just bookkeeping, right? Wrong.

 

What is the difference you ask?

 

BOOKKKEEPING

Bookkeeping is taking a transaction and entering that transaction into whatever accounting system you have (Quickbooks/Netsuite etc…).  The bookkeeper then pushes a button to print. An invoice is entered for a sale, and a vendor invoice is entered as an expense and a payable.  That’s it.  There is usually no thought from the bookkeeper as to the process, or what the transaction does to the income statement or balance sheet.   Anyone that can use software and read, can enter things into a system.  Some bookkeepers learn how to reconcile the cash account much like we reconcile our check books at home, but there is no application of accounting principles to bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is a clerical exercise, not an accounting function.

 

ACCOUNTING

Accounting is applying accounting methodologies and principles to those transactions entered into the system.  Understanding what each transaction does to the income statement and balance sheet, and understanding the ever changing accounting principles and applying them to the business.  This can get pretty complex which is why CPAs often get involved and why many companies go through an audit or review of their business.  Accounting has been a profession for generations and there is a reason why it exists, so yes, it costs money to have your accounting properly completed.  You will either need to hire a qualified accountant/CPA or outsource the accounting function. Beware, when I say CPA I do not mean the one who does your taxes. CPA’s are specialized and you’ll need a managerial CPA that will create your financial documents per U.S. GAAP.

 

Not applying the correct accounting principles and methodologies will lead to misleading financial statements. That means that your financial statements do not reflect the proper margins of the business and proper balances on your balance sheet.

 

Each transaction in a company starts with bookkeeping.  Someone needs to enter each transaction into a system.  But then immediately an accountant must apply the accounting principles to those transactions.

 

Time and time again we see businesses think they are “saving money” by hiring a bookkeeper to keep their books and records.   Then the business cannot make sense of the margins, or they are suffering a cash crunch, and they do not understand why.  In business it is just a fact that as you grow your accounting process and reporting must get more sophisticated.  As a company grows to 5 million, 10 million in revenue you must have what we call “a professional accounting staff”.  This does not mean you need 5 bodies in the accounting department, it just means you need the right people on the bus, and they need to be in the right seat on the bus.

 

One of the most basic accounting principles is using accruals in your accounting to properly reflect the timing of the transactions.   We often see good size businesses either on cash basis, or some blend of cash and accrual basis.  Incorrectly using accruals in your business means your financial statements are not reflecting reality.  Cleaning up and converting cash to accrual financial statements represents a good part of our work at The Strategic CFO, LLC.    It is an eye opener to CEOs and business owners when they see that the financial statements now truly reflect their business.  Most CEOs and business owners have a gut feeling about their business.  And the really good ones are right about their gut feeling.  They know their business, they know their margins, but the income statement generated does not reflect the business performance.  That is usually because they are using bookkeeping, not accounting.   Once the business owner can look at a financial report that makes sense, and properly reflects the business, it is a good feeling.   Sometimes CEOs think they are running an operation that makes sense, but cash always seems to be tight.  “Cash is King”.   Every decision and transaction either generates cash or consumes cash.  With proper financial statements that have the correct methodologies and accounting principles applied, a business leader or owner can look at problem areas and make decisions to correct the situation.

 

There is no way around it.  If you grow your business and are now dealing with millions in revenue and millions of expenses, you cannot afford not having a professional set of accounting records.  You must have people that know the latest accounting principles (CPAs) that can guide your staff accountant and bookkeeper.  As companies grow, they will need a Controller, then eventually a CFO, and if you get to 50 million in revenue or more you are likely needing a Controller, CFO and an accounting department.  Having the right people in place will pay for themselves over and over again.  You will have a financially healthy company and you will be able to weather the economic storms that are ahead.  You will have monthly financial reports that tell you if anything is wrong in your business and you will be able to properly plan ahead by making smart decisions.

 

Strategy for Managing Cash, How to Manage Cash Flow

How to Improve Your Resume

The concept of resumes might seem difficult to grasp at times. After all, you’re set with the task of conveying all of your life’s accomplishments and skills in a single sheet of paper. Creating a good resume is an essential skill necessary to be successful in the workforce. A good resume can be the difference between getting your dream job or not. In this blog, we will demonstrate some tips on how to improve your resume.

How to Improve Your Resume

Make Your Resume Stand Out

Recruiters have the task of going through countless number of resumes, so it is crucial that yours stands out from the pack. This doesn’t mean to have exotic fonts or arrangements, but it should convey your accomplishments and skills in an order that could be best perceived by the reader. Here are some tips that could help make your resume stand out:

Tailor Your Resume

Tailor your resume to the specific role you are applying for. Make sure that you are emphasizing the skills and experiences that are most relevant for the position you look to apply to. Completely read and understand the job you are applying for and make it clear in your resume why you are applying.

Use Keywords

Most companies and recruiters now use keywords to find the qualified candidates. If you don’t use the correct ones, your resume can be left out by the electronic applicant tracking systems.  To help you find the best keywords, try looking into online job postings and the company website.

Proofread

Proofread it and ensure that there are absolutely no errors Read it line by line, read it backwards and read it aloud until you are absolutely sure that there are no errors. Mistakes whether big or small can have a significant impact on the recruiter’s decision. A simple mistake can make it seem like you are not actually “Detail Oriented” or that you are a “Perfectionist” and can lead to the difference between getting a call back or not.

Be Professional

Use a profesional format that is easy to read. Recruiters and hiring managers can see straight through the fancy fonts and colors. They want to get straight to the point so make sure you have a profesional format that is easy to read and pleasing to the eye.

Bullet Points

Use bullet points not paragraphs. Be aware that recruiters have a lot of other resumes to look at, so make your information concise and to the point, nobody wants to read a long paragraph that could have easily been summarized in a bullet point or two.

Quantify

Quantify your previous accomplishments by using metrics. Don’t just put your previous job responsibilities but explain how well you did in them. For example: All Basketball players have the responsibility to put the ball in the basket, but the things that really differentiate them is how often they do that and how good they are at doing that. Use numbers to show how you excelled in your previous jobs and how it can lead to success in this new job.

Have a Cover Letter

Add a cover letter to set yourself apart. Almost half of recruiters said specifically that a cover letter can set your resume apart from the others. Cover letter let you show your personality and build a rapport. The only time you should not write a cover letter is when the job you’re applying to specifically says not too. In any other scenario it can provide you with an extra edge, so why not spend a little extra time on the cover letter if it may mean you increase your likelihood of getting a callback.

Hyperlink

If the application is online, add hyperlinks to your online profiles. This will make it easier for them by linking your profiles such as your LinkedIn, your personal website, or your blog. However, if the resume is online, making it a hyperlink can immediately send them to the designated website within seconds. Make sure you also tune up your websites before that.

Things That Shouldn’t Be On Your Resume

When you upload a resume, you are competing with numerous other people for the hiring managers attention. While there are many ways to make your resume more noticeable, there are certainly ways to make it look inferior. There are various steps and measures that you can take to prevent your resume from appearing substandard.

Here are several key things you shouldn’t put on your resume, including the following:

Also, don’t post in a Word document. The formatting may be different depending on how views it. Save your resume as a PDF.

What Recruiters Look For

According to a poll made by CareerBuilder, recruiters said would make them pay more attention to certain resumes :

  • Tailored to their position: 61%
  • Cover letter: 49%
  • Addressed to the hiring manager or recruiter by name: 26%
  • Hyperlinks to the applicant’s online portfolio, blog, or website: 21%

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