From the content, prioritization, layout and design, building your experience on a sheet of paper can be a daunting task. Since I’m in the “people” biz, I take it upon myself to help candidates through this pretty regularly. And having been in the staffing industry for nearly 15 years, I can confidently say that I’ve seen my fair share of resumes. One thing that has passed the test of time is resumes do make a difference to hiring managers. With that said, the number of mistakes I see on resumes (even from talented and creative people) on a daily/weekly basis is astonishing! So, if you have made some of these mistakes, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In a previous article, I focused more on how to improve your resume, but I thought it was also important to focus on things to not do!
- Don’t lie! Enough said.
- Don’t make spelling mistakes! Have someone else proofread your resume. Often times it’s difficult to pinpoint when you’re so close to it. Have someone go through with a fine tooth comb. I know many hiring managers who will immediately discount you. Right or wrong, it happens.
- Don’t be disorganized. The 6 second rule for recruiters and hiring managers is real. Prioritize what you’re looking to highlight and bubble up your relevant experience for each position you’re applying to.
- Don’t go crazy with color. However, color can be a good tool to help with drawing the attention of your potential employers. Just use it sparingly and be smart about it.
- Don’t add your glamour shot! A resume is not the place for a selfie, people!
- Don’t try and hide shortcomings. Feeling insecure about certain parts of your skills, qualifications or job history? A good way around that is to accentuate the positive. Focus on where you think you excel or perhaps are unique.
- Don’t send it to the wrong person. Not too long ago, I received a resume and cover letter that was addressed to a different person and company. And although it sounded like they were a good fit for that other company, I was certain they weren’t fit for us! 🙂
Here’s a great list of things other things to definitely not do from Forbes: The Most Outlandish Resume Mistakes…