6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BOOM!! Your resume would now either be doomed to the trash can or would make its way to the ‘yes’ pile. Yes, you have got only 6 seconds to either impress your employer or earn his rejection.
You are perceived how you portray yourself, and your resume is not only the heart of your career search but also your reflection. It is your first interaction with your prospective hirer make sure the spell you cast lasts long.
A hastily written resume thins or completely kills your chances for the job. Remember there is a raft of applications and there isn’t much time to contemplate on one. Your fate is sealed in a matter of seconds so make sure your resume catches the eyes and lands on the accepted pile taking you to the next level of the hiring process.
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Here are some of the most egregious resume mistakes that should be avoided so that you don’t fall into the pit and miss your chances for a job you might be best suited for.
1. Packing it up with Information
Neither is there that much time nor is anyone interested in reading a 10 to 15 pages script in the name of a resume. Therefore, stacking up too much information would do you no good.
Keep your length to a maximum of two pages which is the ideal requirement. Keep it simple and in line with the requirement of the job.
2. Getting Off Track
Your resume should be succinct, highlighting your accomplishments rather than your duties. Piling up information that might overshadow your skills required for the applied job would cost you the job since your worth and usefulness wouldn’t be visible to the recruiter. Also, the essence of the resume is lost, it will look more like a novel or a month’s grocery receipt.
Add only things that might shed light on your skills and might also come in hand for the applied job. Otherwise cramming of a lot of additional job descriptions would only make you miss the shot.
3. Full of Speed Bumps
Make sure you proofread your resume both while writing it and after you are done with it to come clean with grammars and typos since it will make you look careless and negligent of details. Otherwise, you might be handed over a dictionary instead of a job!
You could print it out to easily pick out the mistakes, or you could take some time to refresh yourself so that when you are on your resume, the chances of errors are minimal. Such mistakes act as speed breakers and are annoying for the reader.
If emending is not your thing you can lend your work to someone who is finicky when it comes to work so that your final draft comes pristine.
4. Playing the Blame Game
If you had bad past experiences with your bosses, DO NOT mention it in your resume or your cover letter as it will only define one person: you. It will mirror a person who is unable to deal with the authority anywhere and thus has a hard time settling in.
Regardless of how intolerable or wrathful the current or previous boss is, never bad-mouth him. Do not bring your baggage along with you; it will only tarnish your reputation.
5. Fabricating Things
Boasting about things or exaggerating would take you down, as nowadays cross-checking and references through social media could set you in your own trap. If once your image as a liar is established it leaves a mark on your integrity. It questions your character, and any chance for future consideration is eliminated.
6. Displaying Artistic Skills
A resume is not the place to put a show of your creative and artistic skills. You don’t need crazy funky formatting and fonts to make your resume stand out, your qualifications and experiences are enough for that. Resorting to such techniques would make your resume to land in the unread pile since neat and clean resumes are preferred over such childish acts. So do not waste your coloured and perfumed papers and efforts on decorating them. Do not go for very ancient ones either; the point is to keep your resume sleek and classy and not going overboard either.
7. Mentioning Money
Never mention money unless this piece of information is required. It’s not only unethical but rude too. It sounds obnoxious and shows you are more on the job for money than to offer your service dutifully. Hold your horses until you are called for an interview and the subject comes up. Be more focused on what is required of you rather than your own needs.
8. Side Tracking Keywords
There is a specific language used in every organisation. Be mindful of the keywords since scanning software is sometimes used to sift out resumes eligible for the job. Do not use words that are known only by one company rather use the standard terms otherwise you might be excluded consideration for a job that you might be suitable for.
9. Lengthy Paragraphs
The hiring managers have piles of resumes they don’t have the time nor the will to go through dense paragraphs. It doesn’t matter how qualified and suitable you are, the task seems enervating. It’s hard to struggle through the paragraphs and find the skills demanded by the job. Therefore, using bullets is best suited, since it catches the eyes quickly and is digestible.
10. Forgetting to Modify Your Resume
Different companies have different needs. Do not send the same version everywhere. Keep track of the requirement of each organisation and the job and make customise your resume accordingly before sending it out. Highlight only those areas and strengths which are relevant making it easy for the recruiters to pick you out. Mirror their language when speaking if your abilities, it shows you are fit for achieving the goals of the company.
Once you manage to avoid these mistakes, your resume is good to go!!