A resume is the key to getting an interview and eventually the job. Therefore, it is important for you to get it right. Some may be easily avoided using common sense while others, take a tad more research. Nonetheless, many jobseekers often commit mistakes in their resume without knowing so.
Here are some common mistakes found in a resume to avoid.
Be original but not mistakenly so.An interesting, creative layout will get your resume noticed from the rest but be sure not to go over the top on this or stand out for the wrong reason. At the end of the day, it is a solid and relevant work experience illustrated in a clear and concise document that does the trick.
Cookie cutter templateBut while it is dangerous getting too creative, people who use generic templates and terms in creating their resumes will not be able to be noticed. To avoid this, add some personal touches like highlighting unique experiences by bolding or italicizing them, or simply play around with the arrangement or layout of your resume's content to better suit the interviewer and to make it your own.
Quality not QuantityKeep your resume within two pages. As many times as jobseekers are reminded to keep their resumes clear and concise, there are always some who choose to include every single detail of their achievements and work experience in life. Interviewers only spend an average maximum of 10 minutes going through a resume and that usually does not go beyond page two. Either you shorten your resume to include only relevant information in two pages, or risk an important interviewer reading the first two pages of your ten page resumes which is filled with non-relevant stuffs. Your call.
Don't blind the interviewersSheesh. My resume has gone half a page over two pages. What do I do now? Ahh, I shall decrease the font size and all will be solved. Perhaps and perhaps not. Interviewers typically have so many resumes to read and to photocopy. Small sizes are tough to read and might photocopy as well. Don't go smaller than a 11 point as a rule of the thumb.
The key is in the wordsAgain, while it is important to keep your resume short, clear and concise, it is also good to include important keywords and jargons in your resume - an area many tend to neglect. Besides functioning as signposts, many large corporations use hiring software to sort through resumes. These software work by identifying specific keywords of what the company is looking.
TpyosYour resume and your cover letter help to mold the first impression interviewers have of you. It is extremely telling of you and how you work if you let a mistake past in a resume you submit. Chances are they will think that since you can make a mistake in such an important document, you are even more likely to make mistakes in your job. So, remember to use the spellcheck function and better, get a friend to proofread before triple-checking it yourself.
Be accurateLastly, be accurate. A common mistake, for example, lies in naming schools and companies. Use full names and check for official shortened names. Use the full name with its shortened name in parentheses for later reference in your resume. Also, make sure facts and numbers are checked as well.