It’s The Small Resume Mistakes that Keep You from Getting the Job
Your resume is your key to succeeding, it’s your business card if you will and answers the question “why me?” yet you keep getting turned down for that next conversation, interview or screening call.
So, how do you avoid them so that you DO get noticed and DO get that next conversation, interview or screening call. Here are some of the obvious and common mistakes job seekers make.
- You try too hard. If you come off with a bit of “desperation” in your voice! Your resume is full of color, your picture (or any picture). Unless you’re a graphic designer colors and graphics of any kind do NOT belong on your resume.
- Using Boilerplates or Templates . You can NOT send in a generic resume for a specific job. Each submittal must include a “story” (via your resume and details) as to why you are a good fit for the role you’re applying for. You need your resume to make a strong first impression and if you use a template or boilerplate for a resume changes are someone else has as well and you want your resume to leave an impression about you, not the fact the resume looks familiar.
- Wasting Space - Do not include “references available upon request”. If anyone wants references, they will ask. Most employers also don't care about food favorites or hobbies - don't waste the space.Also, do not include personal information (married, divorced, etc.)
- Job Description. Describe your duties AND your accomplishments. Again, make sure your experience and duties align with the job description. There is no need to describe fixed a problem if that problem is worthless or will never exist in the new employer. Describe the duties and accomplishments (include money savings!) that discuss and prove valuable to your potential new employer.
- Unprofessional and out of date contact info. Seriously? Does that even need to be discussed? There should NEVER be an email address that is unprofessional looking or sounding. With as many free email providers there is no reason to not have multiple email addresses. Which look better, [email protected] or [email protected]?? (both email addresses are examples only by the way!)
- Grammer, industry jargon or typo’s. Remember – your resume is your profile or story in writing. Do you really want something that has a typo in it representing you? You should also NOT include industry specific jargon (unless relevant to the target role!).
- Length. The oldest discussion around regarding resumes is which is better, single or multi-page resumes? If you ask an expert (such as those at New England Staffing), a well written, single page resume is preferred. In reality, no one cares what you did 15 years ago (so don’t include it!).