Monday, 23 May 2011

Successful Resume Writing – Top 10 Mistakes To Avoid!

Let’s explore the things you should never do when writing and distributing your resume.

1. Never overstate the truth on your resume

If you do, you’ll find that you’ll have to defend yourself and your resume in an interview. Even if you get past the interview, your resume may become part of your permanent employee record. If you’re hired, an inaccurate information could come back to haunt you.

2. Never include negative information on your resume

Your resume is not a job application, nor a life history. Only include information that is positive, and save any negatives for discussion during the interview. Don’t give a prospective employer a reason to immediately exclude you from consideration by including information that may reflect negatively on you.

3. Never present a resume with errors

Your resume is your personal calling card, and chances are a prospective employer is going to “meet” your resume before actually meeting you in person. If your resume has errors – spelling, punctuation, wording and so forth – it immediately communicates a negative message to an employer.

4. Never submit a resume that is difficult to read

If you do, no one will read it! Be sure to use a font and type size that are easy to read, and select a format and design that are attractive and leave lots of white space to enhance readability.

5. Never include a vague or unclear objective on your resume

An objective on your resume should be specific – for example, “Position as a Chemical Engineer” – and not simply a vague statement such as “Seeking a position offering training and advancement opportunities.” The latter is useless information and only detracts from the rest of your resume.

6. Never give a resume with handwritten comments

Believe it or not, this happens all the time: A job seeker takes a nicely designed resume, jots down a few notes about a change of address, a change in employer or some other update, and then give it to a prospective employer or an interviewer. There is never any time when this is acceptable.

7. Never send along supporting documentation with your resume

You may think it will give you a competitive edge, but sending excessive documentation such as college transcripts, performance evaluations, awards, letters of recommendation, customer testimonials and the like is not recommended UNLESS you have been specifically asked to supply this information. You don’t want to overwhelm someone with a stack of papers that they have to go through to learn about you. Save all that additional information to share during your actual job interviews.

8. Never send a resume without a cover letter

Cover letters are powerful tools that, when well written, can give you a competitive edge within the market. Let your cover letter complement your resume and sell into your next position. Otherwise, make your career summary succinct and point how your skills and experience made you the best person for the job.

9. Never write a lengthy resume

Your resume should not be unreasonably lengthy. Keep it concise and simple and avoid essay format in which keywords are difficult to spot. Use bullets wisely. Bear in mind employers receive huge number of job applications and might not have the time and patience to read lengthy resumes. Anything more than three pages are considered too lengthy.

10. Never focus on job responsibilities alone

Instead of focusing only on your job responsibilities you should mention your achievements or accomplishments. Highlight those that you might think complement the required job responsibilities.

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