5 Common Resume Mistakes That Can Be Easily Avoided
A resume is a powerful document. It is a snapshot of your potential worth to an employer. But despite all your credentials, previous experiences, and education, small and easily-corrected blunders can cause employers to dismiss you as a viable candidate. Follow these resume tips to prevent mistakes that could ruin your chances before you even walk in the door.
Tip #1 – Don’t submit an incomplete application. Missing information suggests that the candidate is either too lazy or inept to do so, or he/she is hiding something.
Tip #2 – Use a professional and appropriate email address. Employers are not interested in hiring someone who identifies herself online as firstname.lastname@example.org. You’d be amazed at some of the email addresses I have seen on resumes. Also, avoid using a corporate email address from your current place of employment. This makes you appear disloyal.
Tip #3 – Spell check your application, cover letter, and resume. This is such a simple rule, but poor spelling and grammar is pervasive in the hiring process. Most executive recruiters and HR professionals that I know will automatically exclude a well qualified candidate who’s resume or cover letter contain errors.
Tip #4 – Keep resumes brief and visually appealing. Format is almost as important as content. Cater the resume to the position you are applying for. This will keep it compact and powerful. Unless you have a rich body of experience, a four page resume doesn’t suggest competence – it just shows that you struggle to maintain employment and are out of touch.
Tip #5 – Only apply for positions within your field of expertise. It’s a waste of everyone’s time when a candidate chooses to apply for every open position regardless of qualifications. Some people may misconstrue these actions as an indicator of motivation and initiative, but for the employer or search consultant who is dutifully reviewing the lengthy list of applicants, it only slows up the process and will not be looked upon kindly.
Shore up any of these deficiencies and you will dramatically increase your chance to interview.