Following are five common resume mistakes you want to avoid. Those who make these mistakes often eliminate themselves from consideration with a potential employer. Therefore, take note!
Resume Mistakes: #1 Rushing Through the Resume Writing Process
Unless you already have a resume that simply needs a little tweaking, you will need to spend more than an hour or two creating a professional resume. Why? For one thing, your resume is a marketing tool with the main purpose of advertising why you are best qualified candidate for the job. Second, it’s a representation of you and the first impression you make on an employer. As your future career is riding on this very important first step, it’s in your best interest to take your time and do it right.
Mistakes: #2 Not writing your resume from the employer’s perspective.
While it is true your resume is about you. You must remember it’s also about how you can best meet an employer’s needs. Not the other way around.
Resume Mistakes: #3 Not providing sufficient contact information
It is extremely important that an employer can contact you during business hours and that you can respond within hours. Why? Many times, a manager will set aside specific times and dates for interviews. If you can be contacted quickly, you may be provided with more scheduling options. More importantly, an employer must be able to contact you. You’d be surprise to learn that many people mistype phone numbers or email addresses. Don’t miss out due to this avoidable mistake.
Mistakes: #4 Including personal information such as birthday, maritial status, or unprofessional interest or hobbies.
There is such a thing as providing too much information. Only provide the minimum personal information about yourself – your name, address, contact information. You do not want to give away information that can cause bias such as birthday, maritial status, or your love of fly fishing.
Resume Mistakes: #5 Unprofessional email address.
Your email address will cause an employer to form fair or unfair opinions about you. Therefore, keep your email address professional and avoid email address such as lovemuffin4U@gmail.com.
Resume Mistakes – Real Life Examples:
- Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as job-hopping. I have never quit a job.
- My last employer insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. I couldn’t work under those conditions.
- Maintained files and reports, did data processing, cashed employees’ paychecks.
- Creator / Writer: ihatemylife.us, Los Angeles, CA
- I like the Simpsons.
- Interests: Running, editing video, cooking, writing and wondering.
More Resume Mistakes:
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- Excellent at people oriented positi9ons and organizational problem solving.
- I am a great team player I am.
- I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0, computor and spreadsheat progroms.
- 1881-1995: Spent my time teaching and going to school for computer science.
- I flurrish in an environment where there is no inner-office tension and people respect one another.
- I am a perfectionist and rarely if ever forget details.
- I continually receive complaints on the high quality of work I perform.
- I have unsuccessfully raised a dog.
- I can adapt to just about any environment from cubicles to fancy IKEA desks.
- I’m a rabid typist.
- It’s best for employers that I not work with people.
- I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.
- Marital status: single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No Commitments.
- Marital status: often. Children: various.
- While I’ve never quite gotten a degree, I am quite close to several.
- Completed 11 years of high school.
- College: August 1880-May 1984.
- No education or experience.
- Desired Salary: $1.00 Per Year
- I’ll need $30K to start, full medical, three weeks of vacation, stock options and ideally a European sedan.
- Please call me after 5:30 because I am self-employed and my employer does not know I am looking for another job.
- I want a boss of average height, not too tall, though not strangely small (though I guess I could get used to just about anything given time).
- I need just enough money to have pizza every night.
Skills and accomplishments:
- Set record for eating 45 eggs in two minutes.
- I am the leader of a 6,000-member clan on World of Warcraft.
- I make an excellent sandwich.
- Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.
- I was proud to win the Gregg Typing Award.
- Raised over $6,000 for an organization by sitting on a commode.
- Proven ability to track down and correct errors.
- Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory.
A bonus tip to avoid one of the biggest resume mistakes: Always proofread your resume before submitting to an employer.