Even with the advancements of technology changing the way job seekers search and apply for positions, the good old resume remains an integral part of the hiring process. We thought we would share our expertise of the top 5 resume mistakes we commonly see that really turns that first impression from Wow…... to Woe!!
1. Typos And Grammatical Errors
So many positions in today’s market require strong communication and writing skills. In most instances, the first example of demonstrating these skills to a potential employer is your cover letter and resume. Obviously, if these are filled with errors, you will immediately be considered as someone who does not possess these basic skills. We understand by the time you have finished finessing your resume, you rarely feel like reading over it again. But we implore you to, and be sure to have your document carefully proofread by someone you trust to give you constructive feedback.
2. Too Much Personal Information (TMI)
Recruiters and hiring managers may wade through hundreds of resumes for each particular role. If they are looking to hire somebody to do something, they are really not interested in the names of your children or the fact that you have a menagerie of unusual pets at home. So, unless you're applying for a job in a creative or atypical field, save the splash of personality for the job interview and please don’t include your age, gender, wedding anniversary (You’d be surprised!), and details of your family members. We understand you want to personalize your resume and stand out from the crowd and this can achieved by focusing your resume on what you can do for a company and highlighting the professional experience you have to back it up.
3. Your Resume Is Difficult To Read
As mentioned above, recruiters and hiring managers have vast amounts of resumes to get through, and most of them don’t have time to read through quantities of detailed information to get to the real background, no matter how qualified a candidate is. Avoid lengthy paragraphs and use bullet points where possible. Think white-space, think relevance and think visual, rather than eloquent, flowery sentences detailing every step of every process you undertook in previous roles. Ensure you have sufficient spacing and borders and a layout that allows for easy reading.
4. Too Much Focus On Past & Irrelevant Job Descriptions
Your parents were probably really proud of you when you started your first job at the News agency down the road however, is this really relevant to the job you are applying for today? Employers are not looking for a blow by blow career history, right back to your High School Certificate (unless this is a recent achievement!). They are more concerned with your experience relevant to the position they are recruiting for and what you can specifically do for them.
5. Using A Generic ‘One Size Fits All’
Avoid using a generic resume to send to all employers as this will almost always end up on the bottom of the pile! Employers want you to write a resume specifically to the role you are applying for. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in their organization. So mirror (don’t copy) the language used in a job advertisement and ensure you adjust your resume and cover letter to best reflect your experience for the role you are applying for. With so many resume formats to choose from including chronological, functional, or designing a resume for a specific purpose, choose one that best highlights your experience relevant to the role you are seeking.
Creating a resume to best market your achievements and highlight your experience can be a daunting task for anyone. With years of experience in reviewing and creating resumes and working with hiring clients, we know what it takes to create a standout resume! Click here for more information on how we can create a successful resume for you, one that gets you results.