Friday, October 19, 2007

Oops!: Common Resume Mistakes

Easy Errors

  • DON'T forget to include your contact information: Name, e-mail, address and phone number.
  • DON'T include your interests on your resume, unless they're relevant to the job you're seeking. Also, personal information, such as date of birth, height and weight, should normally not be on the resume.
  • DON'T forget to replace a company's name with the correct one if you are using a similar cover letter or resume for more than one job application. For example, in a cover letter for IBM, "I believe my skills would fit well with Microsoft's goals."
  • DON'T use personal pronouns or articles ("I" or "me"). A resume should be written in a telegraphic way, omitting personal pronouns and limiting articles. (For example, "I developed a new product that added $2 million in sales" should be changed to "Developed a new product that added $2 million in sales.")
  • DON'T fudge dates, job titles and work responsibilities. If a prospective employer checks your references and finds out you lied, you can kiss that job goodbye.

Winning Tips

  • DO choose a common, non-decorative sans serif font (such as Arial or Verdana) and keep the font size between 10 and 14 points. It is easier to read if your resume is faxed, scanned or photocopied.
  • DO keep your resume to one page. Employers don't want to have to search for the most important information. Highlight your most relevant work experience, skills and accomplishments. Use bullet points or other space-saving techniques.
  • DO proofread, proofread, proofread. Have several friends proofread it as well. One typo can land your resume in the garbage. Two typos or more, and your chances are greatly diminished.
  • DO use dates to show when you did things, not just the vague "one year."
  • DO present specific accomplishments and achievements when describing your previous work experience, rather than simply listing your job responsibilities.


Hazel said...

Nice Blog.The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.

Hazel Knight

Automotive Recruitment said...

These are some great tips on mistakes to avoid.

As well as highlighting as you mentioned, we also advise job applicants to prioritize their resume. So if they are listing their achievements or responsibilities in their last role, put the item that is most relevant to the position (the one they are applying for) first. Then put the second most relevant second, etc.

I recently reviewed a resume that did the opposite and had all the relevant experience hidden away.