Mistakes to Avoid When Creating your Resume

Creating a resume seems simple, but it is far more complicated and specific that may job seekers understand. Your resume is the first impression that a company has of you. It has to be spectacular, brief and to the point. This is where you list your relevant work history and skills along with accomplishments and career goals.

Spelling and Grammar Errors        

The number one thing that can ruin your chances of getting hired is typos and grammar errors. Always proofread the resume out loud and through a spelling and grammar checker. This ensures that you are not missing anything. Employers need people that are competent in these areas.

Being Too Vague

When describing your skills and tasks performed at previous jobs, don’t be vague. This tells the employer nothing about your training or experience. Use concise specifics without being too short. If your previous positions required several tasks, highlight the most important and list the additional tasks as skills in the work related skills section.

Choosing the Wrong References

Employers do perform reference checks so it is important to only include those that are going to be positive about their experience with you. If you ended a job on a bad note with a previous employer, it is best to leave them off as a point of contact. Use personal references that are professionals themselves as they will know how to handle the call the right way.

Use professional references that you had a good working relationship with and always ask if you can list them. Those that are willing to speak on your behalf without hesitation are not going to damage your chances of being hired.

Not Targeting the Resume for the Job Desired

Many resume writers make the big mistake of listing all of the jobs they’ve had in their lives. This is not always the best thing to do. Appearing versatile is one thing, but an off-the-wall job listing confuses a potential employer. Always use the most relevant work related entries possible. This is called target resume adaptation. You are targeting your resume to a specific company for a specific position.

To be successful with target resume adaptation properly, do a little research on the company. Highlight your capabilities with what the job would require, meaning, only list what you can actually do successfully in regards to that company’s specific needs.

Poor Objective

Your objective must be strong and you must have a clear idea of where you want your career to advance with. Describe the ideal company you wish to work for but use industry specific keywords that will direct the voice of the resume to that company and no other. Rather than statements such as “I would like to” or “I hope to” use “I see myself progressing” or “I plan to advance in the company”. These statements show the company that you have self-conviction or believe in your capabilities and can prove your skills.

Length Issues

Resume length is always an issue. The ideal resume length is no more than two pages plus a salary requirement page and a cover letter. Some resumes have been 10 pages long and no potential employer is going to sit through reading all of that. Keep it short, but not too short. Some employers request a summarized one-page resume, so always double check the requirements before completing yours.

Use these resume writing tips to help you be as specific and to the point a possible. Highlight the important areas of your career and display yourself as desirable, irreplaceable and needed by that company by including a couple of things y

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