Common resume mistakes you should avoid

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  • COMMON RESUME MISTAKES YOU SHOULD

    RESUME

    AVOID

  • Your resume is the first opportunity you have to stand out from the crowd of other applicants for a position.

  • Research finds that employers only spend a few seconds reading a resume

  • so you should make sure give yourself the best chance of catching a prospective employers attention by avoiding these pitfalls:

  • 1. AVOID GRAMMATICAL ERRORS AND TYPOS

  • Give your resume several reviews before sending it out to employers.

  • Its always a good idea to have a friend or family member look it over to catch those errors that you may have missed.

  • 2. NO ACTION VERBS

  • If your resume is loaded with vague phrases, such as was responsible for, the employer will be left without clear mental images of your actions as an employee.

  • Put some action in the resume, such as resolved customer problems or made daily contacts with to allow the employer to visualize you in action.

  • 3. RESUME IS VISUALLY CLUTTERED

  • A cluttered resume is difficult to read and takes too much time to sort out.

  • Make sure your resume is visually inviting, with paragraph breaks and bullet points for easy reading.

  • 4. OVERTELLING OR CUTTING TOO SHORT

  • Keep information short, but succinct. However, dont be afraid to include details on important points.

  • 5. LACKING IN FOCUS

  • A resume that does not indicate the progression of your career and future goals will not make an impression on a prospective employer.

  • Highlight past accomplishments and transferable skills to show you know where youre going and how to get there.

  • 6. CREATING ONE RESUME FOR ALL OCCASIONS

  • The advice about tailoring your resume to the position youre seeking should not be overlooked.

  • An employer needs to know not only what youve done, but also how it can apply to their specific needs.

  • Your research regarding the company and your ability to fit their needs will give you a favorable viewing.

  • 7. RELATING DUTIES INSTEAD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Listing your duties does not provide information about what you can do on the job.

  • Attending meetings and supervising others does not say anything about your specific contributions to the company.

  • Instead, go into detail about how you added to the outcome of your job, whether you implemented new procedures and how you made an impact on the position you held.

  • 8. LEAVING OUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Many applicants forget important information they should have on their resumes, such as special training sessions, attendance at conferences or skills you may have acquired outside the workplace.

  • These entries can provide additional information on your value as a potential employee.

  • 9. A FORMULAIC RESUME OBJECTIVE

  • Most employers will give the resume objective a cursory glance. They usually find the same trite lines about finding a suitable position to.

  • If you give extra thought to what your objectives can be regarding a particular company, you will be able to attract the attention you need to get an interview.

  • 10. OUT OF DATE CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Changes in residence or cell phone information can make it impossible for potential employers to contact you for follow-up interviews.

  • Make sure your information is current and clear, so you can avoid missing these important callbacks.

  • 11. NOT INCLUDING KEYWORDS

  • These days many employers electronically scan resumes for relevant keywords pertaining to the job prior to having a human review them.

  • Take careful note of the job description, determine the keywords they will most likely be looking for and include them in your resume.

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