Your resume is going to be your first impression to the employer, don’t blow it!
Employers have stacks of resumes to peruse and only those that stand out will make the cut. Don’t let yours end up in the trash; Avoid these common mistakes that people make.
Not having a cover letter
Think of your cover letter as a way of letting your personality shine through amongst all the work history jargon. A well-written cover letter can encourage the reader to learn more about you and offer them a sneak peek into who you are as a person; resumes alone won’t do that. Many employers still view cover letters as a professional way of sending a resume.
Grammatical errors and typos
Nothing will turn off an employer more than seeing misspelled words or poor grammar. The thought is that these errors show poor attention to detail and a lack of professionalism or commitment. If you are truly interested in landing a job, you need to take your resume seriously and that includes making sure it’s perfect. If you have to hire a professional to make that happen, do it!
Poor layout, design and format
Most employers will only view your resume at-a-glance the first time around. Show them what they need to see, in a clean and attractive way. Put pertinent information near the center of the page and don’t make it too wordy they can’t find what they’re looking for. Avoid online templates and builders; so many people are using them and they stick out like a sore thumb. Again, this is the time to make an impression and you can do that easily with a unique, sleek and professional layout.
Often people use the same wording throughout their resume which results in unnecessary repetition. Instead of repeating words and phrases, use a thesaurus to expand your vocabulary and find alternative words that convey what you want to say.
Enhance your resumes successes by using keywords throughout your resume that directly relate to the position you are applying for; it’s a great strategy for jobseekers. It shows you have the exact experience they are looking for and if the company is using software to detect and select candidates, you’re covered.
Lies, Lies, Lies
Do NOT lie on your resume EVER. Hiring and recruiting managers spend time verifying this information and if it proves to be false you will be disqualified from the process. Later on, even if you’ve accepted an offer and have been hired, you can be terminated for falsifying your information. It’s always best to take the high road and show honesty and integrity on your resume and during the hiring process. If you’re lacking in one area, be open and upfront about it and demonstrate a willingness to learn with enthusiasm; passion can take you far in the interview process.
A resume alone will not get you the job but it CAN get you to the next step in the process. It’s the most important part of job-seeking; make sure you have a great one!