If you want to write a good resume, and land a good job, you need to avoid these top resume mistakes.
The job market is so competitive right now. If you’re going to land that dream job, you need to make sure that you set yourself apart in your application. Writing the perfect resume that sums up all of your skills and achievements is difficult. Sometimes you don’t always get it right. But when you’re going up against loads of other candidates, small mistakes can make a lot of difference.
Employers are looking for ways to thin the pile so they can shortlist people for interviews.
Even a couple of basic errors can really work against you. You only get one shot.
You don’t want to lose out on getting an interview because of a mistake on your resume. It’s important that you know what the common pitfalls are and how to get around them.
Before you start sending out your resume, it’s important that you proofread it properly and double check for any spelling and grammar mistakes.
You might not think that it’s a big deal – but it sends the wrong message.
The employer is going to assume that somebody that has so many resume mistakes is going to be careless in their everyday life. Especially when they are at work.
It doesn’t take that long to read through your resume and make sure that there are no mistakes. So make sure that you do. Even if the rest of your CV is amazing, a couple of spelling mistakes might convince an employer to throw it straight in the bin.
The layout of your CV is very important. You need to make things easy for the person that is reading it. They don’t want to read through 5 pages of heavy text. You need to point them towards all of the relevant information. And they need to be able to scan through it quickly.
When they have a big pile to get through, they will be turned off by any that take them longer than a few minutes to read. You can get plenty of great free templates online that you should use when you are writing your CV.
If you use a good template, you can make sure that the layout is simple, not too cluttered, and quick to scan. It’s not a good idea to create your own layout because it may backfire on you.
When you are writing a CV, you’re trying to show the employer what makes you qualified for the job. Your experience is a big part of that. Hence it’s a good idea to outline what your duties at current and previous jobs. However, you don’t need to focus on that too much – because that isn’t the thing that will impress people.
What you need to really focus on are your achievements while you were working in these jobs. Plus the important skills that make you an asset. These things are far more important than a long list of your daily duties.
Unfortunately many people make the mistake of forgetting to sell themselves. They just give a boring description of their job that sends the reader to sleep.
If you want to get more interviews, make sure that you are highlighting the things that made you an exceptional asset at your previous jobs.
Employers read so many CV’s that are jam packed with cliches and buzzwords that they can see straight through the hype. Think about it. They’ve read thousands of personal bios where people describe themselves as a team player or a good communicator. It’s not going to impress them. If you are using all of these cliches throughout your CV, it will just come across as lazy.
Don’t fall into the trap of using lots of jargon. Try to come up with something highly original. Instead of just saying that you’re a great team player, give specific examples of your achievements in past jobs. Basically, you should be demonstrating your skills rather than just claiming them.
Employers want to see that you are excited about the position and you have taken some time to research it. If you are sending out blanket emails with your resume to anybody that is hiring, they’re going to be able to tell.
When you send out generic resumes, they really stick out. It shows that you haven’t put that much effort into your application and they won’t be impressed by it.
You also risk wasting space on the resume with things that are not relevant to the specific job you’re seeking. Plus you’ll miss out on the things that are important. That’s why it’s so important that you tailor your CV to each specific job when you apply.
Look through the job listing and identify all of the different skills that they ask for and the things that they want to see. If you make sure that you hit all of these points in your resume, you will have a much better chance of impressing the company.
People always say that everybody bends the truth on their resume and it’s fine – as long as you don’t get caught out. But it’s really not worth it a lot of the time because you are likely to get caught.
If you exaggerate your experience or lie about having qualifications that you don’t have, what are you going to do when you get to the interview and they start asking you about it? Most likely you will get tripped up by lots of questions and the interview will go terribly.
An employer would rather hire somebody that is a little under qualified but willing to learn – than somebody who lies about having all of the experience that they need.
If you can avoid these common resume mistakes, you will more likely to be able to land your dream job quickly. Wishing you the best of luck and much success!
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