Friday, 28 September 2018

Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Resume


Making mistakes on your resume is deceptively easy and it is exceptionally difficult to repair the damage done once it has ended up in the hands of potential employers. This means that prevention is critical because it can ruin your chances of getting a perfectly good and well-suited job. Whether you are writing your resume for the first time or making changes to it for a mid-career job search, prevention of mistakes is critical. There are some common pitfalls that candidates make when writing a resume and the top 6 resume mistakes to avoid are:

1- Typos and grammatical errors 


It is essential for your resume to be grammatically perfect. Employers are going to read between the lines if there are errors and they are going to reach some unflattering conclusions about you. For instance, they may assume that you are not serious about your career or that you don’t know how to write. You don’t want to make any of these impressions.

2- Generalized information 


Your resume should show hiring managers what you have done and accomplished. Lack of specifics is another mistake you need to watch out for. Rather than making generalizations, you need to quantify what you have done so your potential employer can measure your performance and decide if they want you working for them. Never be too general when you are discussing your achievements and duties.

3- Using the one-size-fits-all approach 


If you have created a resume with a one-size-fits-all approach, your resume is going to end up in the trashcan. As aforementioned, employers are not interested in any generalizations. They want you to create a resume specifically for them. Your job is to show them how and why you are going to be a good fit for their organization.

4- Going too long or cutting it short 


There are no set rules that govern the length of a resume. This is because everyone has different expectations and preferences, but this doesn’t mean that it is perfectly acceptable to send out 5-page resumes. It is recommended that you don’t extend your resume for more than two pages, but this doesn’t mean that you have to use 2 pages. It can be shorter as long as you don’t cut the meat out and include everything relevant.

 5- An unimpressive objective 


Hiring managers and recruiters do read the objective you have stated in your resume. Most applicants opt for a vague objective such as seeking a challenging environment for professional growth etc. It is better if you are more specific and make the objective relevant to the job position you are applying for like a challenging entry-level finance position for contributing skills to improve accounts management.

 6- Mentioning duties rather than accomplishments 


It is easy to just begin listing the duties you have performed in your job, but employers are more interested in what you have accomplished through these duties and that’s where your focus needs to be. They are wondering how you will contribute to their organization and you need to show them what you have done.

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