Creating a great resume is the first step into landing that job. Employers receive so many applicants for one opening that they just don’t have time to read it all. A brief glance at your resume will let them know if you’re fit or not for the position so you have to be sure that what you submit is interesting and error-free. Keep reading to find out the most common resume writing mistakes and how to prevent them.
1. Avoid typos and grammatical errors
It can sound tempting to just let it go – a wrong comma here, a misspelt word there, but these things can affect how a potential employer will see you. They can draw up conclusions like a lack of ability to write or not paying attention to small details.
2. Hobbies and interests
Companies don’t care if you like Harry Potter, basketball, eating or what interests you have. If it’s not gonna help the position you’re applying for, don’t include it.
3. Talk about what you’ve accomplished rather than duties
Results matter and that is what your boss is looking for. Highlight the things you were able to accomplish in your previous jobs such as increasing the companies revenue, ability to lead and guide a team, or an idea of yours that they considered and implemented.
4. Don’t use paragraphs
With so many resumes to look at in a day, it’s best to keep yours as simple as possible. Talking about your jobs using paragraphs looks too wordy so stick to bullet points, keep it short, and write only the key phrases.
5. Use proper tenses
When talking about a past job, don’t talk about it in present tense. The only thing you should talk about in present tense is your latest job.
6. Vacation time
If you’ve been unemployed for awhile and spent that time travelling, raising a family, or handling personal problems, it’s not necessary for HR to read about. It is a waste of space and a company’s time.
7. Unrelated work experience
If that part-time job in high school or college delivering pizzas isn’t relevant to the position that you want, it’s time to remove it. It’s best to stick to previous jobs that are related to the career you are aiming for. Though sometimes, it can emphasise certain traits and skills you have so only include them if you believe that it will truly make an impact.
8. Using a generic objective
Too often, applicants state objectives that are too plain or have been used so many times. Instead of writing looking to apply at a company that will enhance my skills’ be specific and say instead.I want to apply for an entry-level position in sales that will allow me to develop skills in this industry.’ This well helps them identify your needs as well as yours.
9. Not using imagination
Recruiters look at hundreds of resumes in a year and have seen every generic template out there. You need to submit a resume that will stand out from the rest. Use a bit of imagination and look for something unique but professional. Don’t go overboard though and start using perfumed paper or different fonts. It doesn’t leave a good impression and can make you look desperate or unqualified.
10. Do not include social media
Including your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or other forms of social media as a way to contact you is a waste of paper space. It’s a sure fire way of putting your resume in the reject pile. But you should include URLs that will help you land that position such as your Linkedin profile or a web page if you’re an online writer applying for a writing position at a company.