Posted By: Lonnie Haynes on April 18, 2017
A recent blog posted on Glassdoor listed 6 key resume mistakes that people make. https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/6-resume-mistakes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=6_resume_mistakes_us17&utm_campaign=apr17_
We couldn’t agree more.
- Not customizing your resume.
- We tell candidates every day to make sure they customize their resumes to match the job position to which they are applying.
- Focusing on job function over results.
- We see many people in our offices and they often list what they did, not how it impacted the business. What were the results?
- Including an objective.
- This is an old school recommendation. Of course you are looking for your next great career choice, or you are seeking a job in a fast paced organization … don’t put that on your resume.
- Poor writing.
- Your resume must be error free. Proof read your resume, then have at least 2 – 3 other people, preferably with great grammar and writing skills, review your resume. Do not get offended if they find errors, fix them.
- Leaving out social media links.
- Social media is here to stay and is used daily in resume review. You should be able to share your social media platforms so make sure they are professional.
- Tell instead of showing.
- You know you are great, but you have to prove it to the recruiter! What did you do that made you so great?
We have added a few more tips that might help:
- Take criticism. If a recruiter suggests changes and recommends you alter your resume, listen to them. They are very familiar with what a client is seeking. Don’t fall in love with your resume.
- Never lie on your resume or fudge the truth. If you don’t have a degree be clear, if you are taking classes toward that degree don’t put advanced MBA degree on your resume. This will be caught. If you were the admin on a project, do not put project leader. If you are not fluent in Spanish, don’t put read and write Spanish. This never ends well.
- Gap in your work history – make sure you include information regarding your gap, family emergency, family leave, school, illness, etc. If you find you are in a long gap looking for work, we suggest you volunteer. Find things to do, even pro bono in your field, that will help fill a gap and could lead to great job seeking connections.
Writing your resume is a work of art. Invest your time on this very important business document. It will serve you well.