Are you making one of these 5 mistakes with your resume?

A great resume is key to getting ahead of the competition and getting the interview. You have only a few crucial moments to impress so make sure you stand out for the right reasons!

Poor grammar or spelling
This is one of the first things that may make you stand out for the wrong reason. Poor grammar or spelling errors have no place in a great resume. Make sure to spell check and grammar check your document carefully. Read through it multiple times or have someone else read through for you to catch items you missed. You might even try reading through it backwards to help make sure your eyes do not skip over the mistakes. A clean document is crucial.

Generic objective or not updated for the position
When I was recruiting for a position at the front desk of a hotel I remember receiving a resume that stated how much the person desired to be a hairdresser. That's fabulous but was not related to our posted job. They clearly had not taken the time to update their resume when applying. This also comes into play within the cover letter. A cover letter that states your interest in a different job (or employer) is sure to get tossed into the bin right away. Make sure to update your objective to the job you are applying for and include your related skills and experience.

Formatting is distracting
Your resume should be in a font style and size that is easy to read and not overly busy with limited use of underlining or columns. Resumes with a variety of columns, colors and pictures can really detract from the focus you want the reader to have, which is to be able to assess your skills and abilities to do the job. Keep it clean and type in a front type that lends itself to resume writing such as Calibri, Times New Roman, or Arial.

Too much personal information
Some applicants include too much personal data on their resume such as personal photos and even social security numbers. This information is not necessary for a hiring manager to assess your ability to do the job (and should not be used as a deciding factor either) Even your full home address is typically not necessary until a later time. Keep these details to yourself until at a later stage in the hiring process.

Too long or too far back
Most resumes can cover the relevant information and current work history with 1-2 pages. Creating a resume that is beyond this length, likely means that the work history has gone back further than it needs to or that there is too much detail being included. Unless you have a position to include that is directly related to the job you are applying for, most resumes can be limited to the last 10 years or last 4-5 positions held.

Good luck as you move forward in your job search! There are many more ways to make your resume stand out. If you need help updating your resume or want a free critique, contact me today!

Jill VanderYachtHR & Career Coach

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