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Budgeting 101: Creating Successful Budgets

We often discuss budgeting in our firm, and I often write about budgeting because it is such an important topic in any company. As a consulting firm, we deal with this issue at almost every client. Let’s rehash some basics… Why is budgeting important? As properly stated by Ron Real (the author of 13 ½ Strategies for Winning the Budget Wars), “To achieve success in anything, you need two ingredients: a target to aim for, and a way to measure your progress towards it” (more from Ron Real below). Before we go into creating successful budgets, let’s address the common problems with budgets.

Successful budgets, budgeting rules, common problems with budgetsCommon Problems with Budgets

We deal with clients all the time that either do not have a budgeting system in place, or they have the wrong budget system. The following are some of the most common problems we see with budgets at some companies:

  • Lack of accountability
  • Employees ignore the budget, don’t follow it, or find ways around it
  • Only applies to some groups/managers and not to others
  • Results in fights or power plays, or managers play games
  • Budget process takes too long and consumes too much of people’s time
  • Budget is wrong from the beginning
  • Established goals are either easy to reach or unachievable
  • Filed away when completed – lack of follow up
  • Built on faulty or unrealistic assumptions or not everyone agrees on the assumptions or principles
  • Budget performance and financial feedback is slow or nonexistent
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Successful Budgets

Successful budgets are possible, but the TONE STARTS AT THE TOP. If the leadership or Board does not take the budget process seriously and does not hold others accountable, then you will have a problem with the budgeting process. You can build a budget and a budget process that is well conceived, creates a visionary plan, and shares resources. The budget process is very much a team effort, but it often needs to be taught to others in the organization.

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4 Budgeting Rules

Successful budgets are created by following rules and principles developed over my 28-year career. You can find all these rules and principles in the Budgeting 101 Execution Plan inside the SCFO Lab. Let’s look at 4 budgeting rules that help create successful budgets.

Rule #1: Decision Making Tool

The budget is a tool for decision making. It is not a disconnected document that has little to do with the company’s actual business. Start by reframing your and your CEO’s perspective on the purpose of a budget in a business.

RULE #2: Management Tool

Budgeting is a very important management tool for achieving lasting success. Just like the CFO is the wingman to the CEO, the budget is the wingman to all management.

RULE #3: The Plan

A budget is establishing the discipline to set up a plan and then adhering to the plan. In fact, 94% of all ineffective budgets are the direct result of weaknesses in the organization’s corporate structure. Some of these weaknesses include the following:

  • Inadequate leadership
  • Poor communication
  • Conflicting goals
  • LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

Hint: Be disciplined and follow the plan!

RULE #4: Problems Exist

Issues that lead to a poor quality budget process mean that these problems already exist within the organization ALL THE TIME! If your company is experiencing budget problems, then it’s time to look at what the problem really is. Issues that are probably already part of the corporate culture, but many times ignored, include the lack of:

  • Vision
  • Accountability
  • Communication

“Without a yardstick, there is no measurement.  And, without measurement, there is no control”
– Pravin Shah

There are many other rules to budgeting and basic principles, but we can not cover all of these in this one blog; however, we do cover this topic at length in our Financial Leadership Workshop (Day 4) and our SCFO Lab’s Budgeting 101 Execution Plan.

Understanding how budgets really should work is critical. I recently had an executive tell me that he did NOT believe in budgeting because it just meant that people now had the authority to spend everything allocated to them at the end of the year. Unfortunately, this executive was thinking of budgeting like the government thinks about a budget. You have $1,000 for the year, so you must spend it by year end. That is NOT a corporate business budget or budget process. That is a very flawed interpretation of budgeting.

If I could use just one word that describes why it is important to have a good budget process, it would be “accountability”.  A budget will force your team to be held accountable. But, if that theme of accountability does not start with the Tone at the Top, then you are guaranteed to have a flawed budget process.

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Suggestions to Create a Successful Budget

Other quick suggestions to create a successful budget include the following:

  1. Set goals and objectives that push for growth and efficiency, but keep those goals and objectives realistic. There is nothing more demoralizing than to have a unachievable goal.
  2. Start your budget planning process early. For a calendar with year end at December, start no later than August of the current year.
  3. Measure your actual results every month versus budget, and hold people accountable.

Adhering the these budgeting rules and reframing budgeting to your CEO and leadership team is just one example of how you as the financial leader can act as a wingman. If you want to step up and be the trusted advisor your CEO needs, click here to download the How to be a Wingman Guide.

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What Your Banker Wants You To Know

What Your Banker Wants You To Know

In small or large businesses, we often end up dealing with banks and bankers beyond the checking account. When you have debt with your bank (your lender), the relationship takes on another dynamic. The typical loan agreement for traditional debt includes loan amount, terms, collateral provided, the covenants you must live by, and the dos and don’ts allowed. When things are going well, the relationship with your banker seems to always go well.  It is in difficult times that things get tough. Let’s look at what your banker wants you to know.

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What Your Banker Wants You To Know

Your banks wants to know the bad new sooner than later. Furthermore, your banker does not want surprises. If you are having issues with your business, then discuss these early on with your banker. If you’re getting close to the limitations of your covenants, then let your banker know. In addition, if you see a change coming in your industry, then let your banker know early on. Be sure to give your banker the good news also. If you are planning on changes to Sr. Management, then mention these to your banker.

The banking world changes based on the economy, regulations, and markets. We remember 2008 when new credit at banking institutions basically shut down. Before that, it was fairly easy to get credit. And loan requirements were not as cumbersome – which is not always good. But the crisis caused a change in behavior at banks – some of it self implemented and some implemented by regulators.

In today’s market, money is still relatively cheap. There is an abundance of liquidity in the markets. So banks do want to loan money, but you must meet some basic guidelines.

What Your Banker Wants You To KnowWhat Commercial Banks Want

In order to loan you money, commercial banks basically want just a few things:

  1. They want to have collateral that secures their loan
  2. They want to know you have the cash flow to payback their loan
  3. They want to understand your business and they want to know what the funds will be used for
  4. They want to understand how much they will make $ on their loan to you

Different Types of Lenders

There are different types of lenders, including the following:

The cost of that capital goes from cheapest to most expensive lender on the list above. The structure of the debt also goes from easiest to most complex structure in the list above. Some want collateral (security), and some do not.

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Keep Your Eye on Your Debt Covenants

Most likely, if you have commercial debt, then you may have some debt covenants stated in your loan agreement. Covenants are the requirements you as the Borrower must maintain to be in good standing with your loan agreement.

Oftentimes, the bank and banker find out something is wrong when you turn in your financials and/or bank compliance certificate. They find that one of the covenants is out of whack. You may have a debt/EBITDA covenant ratio as part of your covenants. This is a common requirement. Do not wait for you to “bust your covenants” before you reach out to your banker. Monitor your covenants closely. If you see drivers in your business that may create a problem with your covenants, then reach out to your banker.

Renegotiate Covenants

Believe it or not, I have been in situations where the loan agreement is already a few years old. The company has become much more financially healthy, and I went back to renegotiate certain covenants to ease the reporting burden. The bank was very open to modifying some covenants. Usually, you have to be in good standing and have a good historical track record to modify or request to modify covenants. But do not be shy. Simply ask. The worst that can happen is your banker says, “no”.

Most bankers in today’s market do really care about the relationship, even at the biggest banks. Your banker does want to see you succeed. If you are living through troublesome times, then your banker does want to see you get financially healthy. But you need to communicate with your banker. The worst thing you could do is hide something from your banker or try to sweep something “under the rug”. That will eventually come, out and you will have burned a bridge with your banker. After you hide something, or if you do not disclose something, your banker will always carry that doubt in the back of his mind. And they may not be there for you when you really need to negotiate that debt covenant.

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5 Ways to Reduce Costs When Hiring

Hiring is one of the many costs that are often overlooked in a company. Whether a company notices or not, hiring costs can be high. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely avoid them because you need people to run your business. However, there are some things you can do to minimize these costs without affecting the candidate quality.

5 Ways to Reduce Costs When Hiring

Here are 5 ways to reduce costs when hiring.

Screen Candidates

Start from the beginning of the hiring process and screen the candidates. The more ways you funnel out your candidates, the less unnecessary time you will spend on unqualified ones. Start by sorting the resumes between the immediate throw-aways and the potential candidates. Then, call those candidates that you want to learn more about. You can screen candidates in various methods including the following:

  • Having a very clear and detailed job posting that specifically asks for qualified workers and waves off unqualified ones
  • Preparing proper interview questions that can notify right away whether the candidate is suited for the position or not (location, certifications, personality, reason for leaving previous job)

The screening call should only take you a few minutes for each candidate. In addition, you should be able to quickly identify who you want to interview and who you do not want to see again.

Going through this process will provide you with a short list of quality applicants, thus saving your company time and money.

You can also provide an assessment test that puts the candidate in an actual job situation.

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Utilize Job Boards

Whether you have a job board on your website or have an account with a job board like Indeed, utilize those job boards. If you do not get a lot of traffic to your website or have a huge email list, then use a board like Indeed or Monster.com. However, if your website is already optimized, then use it!

Social Media

In addition, social media is at the palm of your hand. Various recruiters are now using social media to find candidates, whether it is through Facebook’s new job posting feature or LinkedIn’s job board.  Not only can you use these platforms to post and promote company announcements, but you can also use them to communicate directly with potential candidates.

Ask Employees to Refer Qualified Candidates

Instead of wasting so much time collecting various applicants from different sources, ask some of your trusted employees if they know anyone that could be suitable for the open position. In fact in a 2015 SilkRoad study, employee referrals produced more hires than any other source studied. Referred candidates are usually of higher quality and are more likely to feel connected to company culture once hired.

Use Short|LYST

The last way to reduce costs when hiring is to use Short|LYST. What is Short|LYST? This platform is revolutionizing the hiring process. First, the candidates apply to one company (The Strategic CFO). We take care of the entire hiring process up until making the decision to hire. Then employers search Short|LYST for their perfect candidate. These candidates have been screened interviewed, vetted, and recommended for hire. Learn more about Short|LYST here.

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What Should Your Month End Reports Contain?

what should your month end reports containBack in the day, month end reports consisted of a income statement, balance sheet, and maybe a cash flow statement. These are the three statements that made up your financial statements for month end reporting. As technology advanced and people got smarter about tracking trends, analysis, and operations today, the month end report includes much more. In this week’s blog, I answer the question, what should your month end reports contain?.

We should not think of the month end report as just your financial statements. Just as the role of the accounting department and the role of the CFO continues to evolve, so should the month end report. The month end report should be a management report that captures key data that will be used to make decisions and drive the business. It should include much more than just your financial statements.

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What Should Your Month End Reports Contain?

The month end report should include the financial statements. But they should also include operational data, metrics, and dashboards that are both usable and meaningful. Remember, whatever data is provided should be used to make decisions.

In general, for a manufacturing facility your month end report might include the following:

I would argue that the above list is the bare minimum for month end reporting. Depending on your organization, you may have many other indicators that must be tracked at month end.

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what should your month end reports contain“Analysis Paralysis”

Be careful though… Providing meaningful useful information at month end does not mean overkill with useless data. Time and time again I see businesses adopt dashboards and metrics, but they go to the other extreme and enter into analysis paralysis. What should your month end reports contain? Not so much that there is an overload of information that cannot be used effectively or at all.



Example of Analysis Paralysis

Allow me to give you an example… If you manufacture valves, your revenue is $10 million per month, and your related EBITDA per month is $1.5 million, then does it really make sense to track an expense line item that is $500? I would argue no. It costs you more time and money to track that item individually. If you do track it, then having that data will not lead to big decisions that are meaningful. All expenses and revenue line items are important, but that does not mean you need to track and analyze every penny. If you are a huge company and have a very expensive system that does all this automatically, then good for you.

There is a famous quote that I have used before, “a small leak sinks great ships.” I truly believe that. We do not want to have a small expense item that over time is a problem. But this blog is intended for your standard monthly close reporting and assumes you have your business in order so that you capture and put a stop to those small leaks.

Efficiency

The month end report should not be a binder 4 inches thick. The ideal financial report at month end should be one that the executive team can review in one hour and get a good feel for where the company is and where it is going. This will vary from company to company. In general, the report should be detailed enough to capture the most important items to make decisions, but condense enough so the management team does not spend a full day reading a large binder. Again, this will vary company to company. Some CEOs want the large binder, and that’s fine. Follow your CEO’s request.

The CFO and the accounting department are responsible for gathering this data working hand in hand with the operations. That is why I preach that a good CFO is actually someone that has a very good understanding of the operation. The Controller should also be someone that understands the operation. Furthermore, the CFO and the Controller should understand both the operation and the operating metrics. The CFO must full understand and interpret the operating dashboards and metrics before this information is passed on to the CEO.

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In Summary

In summary, your month end report should capture more than just your financial statements. It should also capture the following:

  • Capture key operational data
  • Capture information that is useable to make meaningful decisions
  • Key metrics and dashboards for your business and industry
  • Keep it short and sweet so the executive team can review this report in an hour or less
  • Careful not to overanalyze

If you want to add more value to your company, creating a great month end report is a good start. Learn 5 other ways to add value as a CFO with our 5 Ways a CFO Adds Value whitepaper.

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The Pain of Hiring | How We Are Altering the Hiring Process

When a company decides it is time to hire someone, it can be an exhausting process. From job postings to interviews, a lot of time and money goes into a company’s hiring process. While hiring can be a burden, it is crucial for a company’s development and success. Let’s dig into the pain of hiring.

The Pain of Hiring

Here are some of the potential downsides that come with the hiring process.

Cost

Hiring provides you with new struggles and worries that might really affect your wallet. First, you must pay for the job posting if you sponsor a job ad. Depending on who your target market and outreach is, this costs a hefty buck. No one’s time is free. After that you or your employees have to spend time interviewing them, you have accumulated a lot of paid time focusing on that position. Now, once you have screened your candidates, there are various routine procedures that can add on to the cost, such as assessment tests, drug tests, and background checks.

Time

Not only does the hiring process impact your financials, it also takes a lot of your time. Countless number of hours go into finding the perfect candidate. From the interviews to the training, time keeps ticking. That is valuable time that you could have been spent elsewhere improving the company, making sales, or retaining customers. Time is money!

Hiring the Wrong Person

Even after spending a lot of your company’s time and money, you still run the risk of hiring the wrong person for the job. If you hire the wrong person, then not only do you have to go through the hiring process all over again, but it can also cost the company in a variety of ways. From decreasing company productivity to impacting customer relationships, hiring the wrong person can have large negative effect. In addition, terminating the new hire can also be a difficult task that is avoidable if you screen, interview, and vet properly.

Learn what to look for when hiring with our 5 Guiding Principles to Recruiting a Star-Quality Team.

How We Are Altering the Hiring Process

Here at The Strategic CFO, we have developed our own unique version of hiring that can save you countless amounts of time and money. Instead of screening hundreds of candidates, interviewing dozens more, and risking not even finding the right candidate, Short|LYST does that all for you. Our team of experienced HR and financial executives take the financial and time burden off from the employers. All the employer has to do is pick and choose which recommended candidate they want to take forward. Learn more about Short|LYST here.

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The Sacred Cow: Lack of Succession Planning

We have all heard the term, “The Sacred Cow”. Here is how I apply it to the business world… I am in my 28th year of working as a professional after graduating from college. I have been privileged to work in large private companies, small private companies, and large publicly traded companies. In addition, I have made the transition from accounting/finance to operations. I have also consulted for companies in a variety of industries, size, and complexity in the last 6 years. And I run into this one thing constantly – the lack of succession planning.

Sacred Cow

The Sacred Cow

After all these years and great experiences, I still see companies that have “Sacred Cows”. That is that employee who has been in the company 20 years and knows everything and everyone. He has outlived reductions in force, down turns in the economy, is still there after 2 new ownership changes. It’s that guy no one can touch because he is a “Sacred Cow”.

Unfortunately, these Sacred Cows are oftentimes not always that good. They come with some baggage. I have seen many of these Sacred Cows. Oftentimes, they are bullies. They are the ones that are often insubordinate. Although they are the ones that get stuff done, it is done at the cost of moral – always threatening the company that on their next temper tantrum they are “quitting”. Usually, they are overpaid.

Perpetual Life of the Business

A business is created within the confines of a legal entity mostly for continuity of perpetual life. That is one of the main characteristics of a Corporation. Therefore, the business continues no matter who is CEO, CFO, or COO or if there any changes in shareholders. But the business will continue because it “has a life of its own”.  As a matter of fact, that is also how you add value to the business. If that is the case, then how do companies allow Sacred Cows to exist? I see it over and over again. Owners of companies say something like…

“If we terminate him, then how are is going to run the operation?”

“But he is our key sales person and he knows all the clients personally.”

“No one else knows what he knows.”

If your business faces any of these situations, then it is your own fault.  No business should be built around a single or two key people. It’s a lack of succession planning! Some exceptions to this rule are small startups or pre-revenue entrepreneurial companies.

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Examples of a Sacred Cow

I have an example that I lived through in my career. (More stories available upon request).

Petrochemical Company – The Lead Supervisor

There is a petrochemical company that had been around over 20 years and was very successful at different levels. The operators worked on three different shifts with each shift having their own supervisor. But the “Lead Supervisor” – the one that all operators and supervisors reported to – was a gentlemen that had been in that position many years. He had a personal relationship with the President and his wife. He was also the one that made hiring decisions out in the plant and control room. Most subordinates feared him. And management played his game because he “knew where every valve was”.

This guy was the Sacred Cow, but he was nothing more than a prima donna bully. There were many other HR issues, but you get the picture.

Since I am one that believes that no company should depend heavily on one person and the company should never be held hostage, I terminated this Sacred Cow the day I was promoted to President of the organization. I terminated him for being insubordinate and for holding the company hostage with demands of more pay or he would quit. I also terminated him for being a cancer in the organization.

Shock waves throughout the organization, rumors of failure spread, and we are going down in everyone’s mind. In reality, we did not skip a beat. It has been 10 years, and I hear the company is doing great.

As the financial leader, it was my duty to protect the health of my company, support the leadership team, and protect the shareholders. Learn more about how you can become the wingman to your CEO with our How to be a Wingman guide.

Client – Fear of Sacred Cow

I recently saw a large client with a similar issue. Now, we are dealing with a management team that fears the Sacred Cow. It is the fault of prior management for allowing this to happen. As the acting financial leader of the company, I am putting up mechanisms to prevent the development of future Sacred Cows.

Lack of Succession Planning

What the Sacred Cow comes down to is a lack of succession planning. There is no plan in place to continue operations without that person (or the position).

Avoid the sacred cow by guiding your CEO in the direction of the company. Access our How to be a Wingman guide here.

Avoid the Sacred Cow (Lack of Succession Planning)

So how do you avoid these pitfalls? There are three things to focus on as well as steps to avoid the sacred cow.

Sales Person That Has All the Key Customers

One example of a Sacred Cow in your business is the sales person that has all the key customers. First, insist that you attend some key customer meetings. You have every right to ask for detailed documentation of the key customers, relationships, meetings, and the pipeline of business. Finally, develop a relationship with those key customers. Do not let one person hold all the cards.

Key Person in Field Runs the Operation

Another example of a Sacred Cow is the key person in the field that runs the operation. Make sure you have a number 2 person that is just as good; they just don’t have the title… Yet. In addition, every key person in management should drive a succession plan. In order to have that happen, the company should have a succession plan in place for its leaders from the CEO on down. Someone can have direct reports under the Sacred Cow in operations. Furthermore, this does not mean that the Sacred Cow controls everything. Have the subordinates that run key areas document their day-to-day functions. Finally, develop a relationship with those key subordinates. Talk to them about training and potentially moving into bigger roles in the future.

The Sacred CFO Cow

The last example is the Sacred CFO Cow. Have a strong Controller that reports to the CFO. Have the CFO document key functions. In addition, the CEO should know those key contacts – legal, banker, insurance, etc. Develop a strong team underneath the CFO to prevent the CFO from becoming the Sacred CFO Cow.  It never hurts to continue networking and meet professionals that you may want to hire one day.

Do Not Allow Sacred Cows to Form

The objective is to not allow Sacred Cows to be born in the first place. We know that they take control and abuse it. But if you do have Sacred Cows in your organization, then you need to deal with it. Build out the number 2 and number 3 person. Every company should also build a succession plan for key employees. And most importantly, do not allow your company to be held hostage by anyone due lack of succession planning! Be the trusted advisor your CEO needs and access the How to be a Wingman guide.

Sacred Cow, Lack of Succession Planning

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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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