7 Resume Mistakes You Could Be Making
For most people applying for a new job, a resume is the first impression you make with a company, and first impressions are everything! Make sure you aren't guilty of these 7 common resume mistakes to ensure that you score that in-person interview.
1. You Aren't Customizing Your Resume
No two jobs are the same, so it makes sense that your resume shouldn't be the same for every job you apply for. You don't have to completely change up your resume from scratch each time, but make sure to tweak your resume for each job to ensure you're including the most relevant information.
You can also look at the job description and mimic the language they use. For example, if an employer is looking for a "social media savvy individual" list that you are "social media savvy" (only, of course, if this is actually true). It will show the recruiter that you actually took the time to read through the description and that you're qualified for the position.
2. Your Objective is Vague
Some experts say you don't even need an objective on your resume, but if you decide to include one, make sure it's not vague. Clearly and concisely state your goals as it pertains to the company you're applying to. Otherwise, that's valuable resume real estate that could be used to include something else.
3. Your Resume is More Than One Page
One common misconception is that your resume should include your entire work history, but that's not the case. A PR company doesn't necessarily need to know about your summer job as a camp counselor, listing your past employment at a law firm may not be relevant to a social media company, and so on.
If your resume is more than one page, it's time to get critical with the information you're including. Your resume should be short and to the point.
4. You Aren't Sending it as a PDF
You've spent hours perfecting your resume's format only to have it show up completely wonky on your potential employer's computer. If you send your resume as a word document, you run the risk of it not appearing exactly as you planned. Custom fonts might not download correctly, or the employer might open the document with a different program, ruining the format.
Don't risk that happening to your beautiful resume! Always send your resume as a PDF and it will always show up correctly.
5. Your Resume is Full of Typos
This may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised how many typos and grammatical mistakes get left in resumes. It doesn't take that much time to double (and triple) check to make sure your resume is error-free, and it could mean the difference between getting that interview and getting your application tossed in the trash.
6. You're Listing Your Job Duties, Not Your Accomplishments
Your resume should highlight the reasons why an employer should choose you over another similar candidate. Unless your last job was very niche, most people will understand what tasks a sales manager or an assistant handles. Instead, emphasize how you went above and beyond and improved your company and provide concrete examples of your professional achievements.
7. You're Not Showing Off Your Personality
Like we said in the beginning, your resume is your first impression, so make it count! Recruiters see hundreds of boring Times New Roman-heavy resumes, so when you add personal touches and mix it up, your resume will really stand out.
Be careful of getting too out of the box though. Your resume should still be straightforward and legible. But especially if you're applying for a job in the creative industry, it's okay to bring a little color to your resume.
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