Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 5 Resume Sins

Huge resume writing blunders that can cost you

Reprinted with permission from careerealism.com.


Your resume is a company’s first look at what skills and accomplishments you might bring to the job. Don’t make it their last look! Be sure to avoid these major resume mistakes:

1. You failed to tailor your resume to the specific job you want.

So even though you have the skills that the company asked for in their advertisement or posting, you left the details out of your resume. Those specific skills must be in your resume and should be prominent, preferably at the top of your resume.

2. Your contact information is incomplete and does not include a professional e-mail address.

A professional e-mail address consists of your first and last name. Cute e-mail addresses are not professional. If you have a common name, try putting your last name first or adding numbers after your name. Avoid the numbers 1 and 0. In some fonts, they look like letters and can confuse people reading your resume. Does your johndoe1 address refer to John Doe One or John Doel?

3. You lied about or apologized for or over-explained your qualifications.

If you lack confidence in your abilities, how can an employer have confidence that you are the right person to hire? A resume should describe you honestly but also show you at your best.

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