11 Things To Avoid When Writing Your Resume
Come to think of it, when applying for a job, everything pretty much boils down to one sheet of paper: your resume. Before you get an interview or get to prepare how to dress up for one, you have to submit a resume that’ll catch a prospective employer’s attention. Just make sure that what catches his or her attention is how impressive your resume is, and not these mistakes, which you must avoid at all cost, that guarantee your resume a trip to the trash bin:
1. Generic-sounding objectives
If you say vague things like “I want to work in a job where my skills can be put to good use” in your resume, you might as well add “I also want world peace” at the end. Avoid sweeping and generic objectives, and state your goal or the position you want or what you intend to do with it clearly.
2. Errors in spelling and grammar
These spell either L-A-Z-Y or worse, I-N-C-O-M-P-E-T-E-N-T. Always double-check your work for these. If you’re one of those who find it difficult to edit or proofread your own work, get someone else to clean up your resume for you.
3. Physical characteristics
In today’s world of P.C., employers are supposed to avoid hiring or not hiring people because of their height, weight, skin color, hair color or any other physical characteristics. That is why indicating in your resume that you’re two inches short of six feet or weigh a trim 170 pounds isn’t gonna matter one whit.
4. Listing your hobbies
Stating in your resume that you’re into rock climbing, BASE jumping or sky diving when the job you’re applying for confines you to an office is pointless. Unless of course, you’re applying for a job with Richard Branson.
5. Listing in detail all tasks in all your past jobs
One word: BORING.
6. Tooting your own horn a little too much
See number 5.
7. Outdated information
Does anyone even care where you finished high school? Certainly not most recruitment managers.
8. False info
Always remember that prospective employers can always check whether you’ve really graduated from this university or you’ve worked for this company, so you’re not doing yourself a favor if you lie in your resume.
9. Neglecting the extras
While primary education and job experiences are of the utmost importance in a resume, it would also be a nice touch to indicate any extra education, trainings, workshops, and accolades you’ve gotten related to your particular field.
10. Unprofessional presentation
Your application will certainly not be taken seriously when your resume is printed on pink or blue paper and in fancy, cutesy fonts. It wouldn’t hurt to drop the cuteness or the “artistry” and have your resume printed in blank ink on white bond paper, in easy-to-read font like Times New Roman.
11. No Contact Info
Believe it or not, there are people who tend to forget putting their contact information in their resumes. How they expected to be reached by an interested prospective employer is a big mystery. Always remember to indicate your full name, mailing address, telephone number, cell phone number and e-mail address in your resume.
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