In today’s job market, hundreds of qualified candidates might be applying for the same position. Before you land an interview, your resume must do the talking for you. It has to speak loudly and clearly, leaving little doubt that you are the best person for the job.
Assuming you have the education and experience required for the prospective jobs — but you still aren’t getting any interviews — your resume could be to blame.
Avoid these five common mistakes when writing your resume. It could make all the difference in landing your dream job.
Previously, it was standard practice to put an objective statement at the top of a resume, but this is no longer the case. Best-practices in resume writing now call for a professional summary, which is a brief paragraph that explains who you are and what you can do in a nutshell.
Hiring managers spend less than 10 seconds scanning a resume, so you want to get to the point, and get to it quickly. Don’t waste their time telling them what you want, tell them what you can do for them.
Resumes should be simple, straightforward and aesthetically pleasing. As with any document that would be prepared for public consumption, take the guesswork out of the equation for the reader. If there’s too much going on, he or she won’t know where to look first for information.
You don’t need a degree in graphic design to present a resume that looks nice. Stick with the same font, bold-face section headings and make sure there is some white space on the page.
Typos and poor grammar
Nothing comes across more unprofessional than having typographical errors and grammar mistakes on your resume. It shows a lack of attention to detail and, quite frankly, laziness — two qualities that are not in high demand at any company.
Proofread you resume, check your spelling, and then proofread it again. A second pair of eyes is always helpful as it’s difficult to edit your own work and catch mistakes. Using bullet points is fine, but make sure you are consistent with your verb tenses.
Laundry list of duties
One of the biggest mistakes people make is listing their job duties on their resume. Again, hiring managers have precious little time to determine whether they want to bring you in for an interview. Make their job easier by listing the accomplishments you’ve achieved throughout your career.
Be specific; tell them how you improved processes, eliminated redundancies or increased sales. By doing so, you’ll show hiring managers that you have what it takes to succeed in the role they are trying to fill.
Too long or too short
Most recruiters want resumes that are one to two pages in length. So, if it doesn’t pertain to the job, then leave it off. If you have past experience that doesn’t apply to the job that you are applying for, considering leaving it off your resume or putting it in a related-experience section toward the end of your resume.
Also, no one needs to know how many kids, cats or dogs you have. Nor do they care that you play golf in your spare time and enjoy crossword puzzles.
Conversely, you don’t want to sell yourself short, so don’t be overly concise. Elaborate where necessary, such as when listing accomplishments to help you get your ultimate dream job.
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