by Karen Silins,
In my years as a career coach, I have seen thousands of resumes, and I know what makes them work. I also know what dooms a resume to the circular filing bin â€“ a.k.a. the garbage.
There are five common resume mistakes that I see all the time. By sharing them with you, you will be able to watch out for them and avoid them when you sit down to write your resume.
Five Mistakes That Will Get Your Resume Thrown in the Trash
1.Â Â Â Â Â Typos: These are mistakes that come about because you did a sloppy typing job, accidentally left out a letter or comma, or made any other sort of silly typing error. For example, if you wrote, â€œIncreased 2002 widget sales by 3% during an economic downturn,â€ instead of, â€œIncreased 2002 widget sales by 38% during an economic downturn,â€ thatâ€™s a fatal typo! Would you rather hire someone who increased sales by 3% or 38%? I think itâ€™s safe to say that the 3% increase would be less than impressive and probably would not get the hiring managerâ€™s attention.
Typos such as this are not only fatal, but also very common. Luckily, I can show you how to avoid making unnecessary errors. In Section 7 of this system, I will provide you with tips on how to proofread your resume so you catch any errors you make. I will also provide you with a comprehensive checklist of the most common typographical errors, so you can be extra careful not to make them in your own application!
2.Â Â Â Â Â Poor Spelling: Errors in spelling should never happen! We all have spell-checkers on our computers, and we also have dictionaries to consult if weâ€™re unsure about how to spell something. Pore speeling signuls slopines to owr potenchal imployersâ€¦and no one wants to hire a sloppy worker.
Trust me, we all make spelling errors, but there are many things you can do to ensure the document is error-free, as long as you know what these things are. If you donâ€™t know how to use a computer spell-checker, Iâ€™ll show you how in Section 7 of this system. Itâ€™s an amazing and easy resource you should take advantage of!
I also will provide you with a chart of the most common spelling mistakes. (For example, â€œtheirâ€ instead of â€œthere.â€) Think of it as your own handy reference guide tailored specifically to job-hunters who are writing a resume. It contains words youâ€™re likely to use in a resume, and it will make your life a whole lot easier.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Complicated or Overly Technical Vocabulary: Doing this will incite a proprietor to scrutinize your solicitation for an employment position for a miniscule allotment of time. As you can see, adding in big words to try to sound intelligent just makes it look like you are trying too hard. An employer will take one look at a resume written like that and utter a long word of his own: â€œPretentious!â€
Again, donâ€™t worry! I will give you a chart in Section 5 that will provide you with great power words you can use to enhance your resume. Iâ€™ll also advise you on what types of language to avoid.
I also will give you several helpful tips, so you can always be sure youâ€™re using language that your potential employer will find believable and likeable. You can use these tips in writing your cover letter, too.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Punctuation Errors: Using the wrong kind of punctuation can change the meaning of a phrase or a sentence? (See? Just using a question mark instead of a period had a significant effect on that sentence.) Did you know that punctuation rules are different for business documents than they are for an average letter? Did you know that I see at least one punctuation error in virtually every resume and cover letter I review for my clients?
Itâ€™s true, and thatâ€™s why I am including plenty of charts, examples, and tips in Section 6 of this guide: so you can learn exactly what kind of punctuation to use and where to use it. Iâ€™ll make it extremely easy for you â€“ just follow my examples, and use the rules I teach you.
5.Â Â Â Â Â Failing to Be Specific: This oneâ€™s a biggie. I see so many resumes that are generic, and generic is NOT okay with a potential employer.
You should always make sure you write your resume with a specific employment objective in mind because you must show the employer that you know what job you want. Youâ€™ve got to tailor your resume to that particular job.
I receive calls daily from potential clients wanting a â€œgeneric resume,â€ and I always give the same answer: â€œI donâ€™t write generic resumes. I only write targeted resumes that get results.â€
If you send an employer a generic resume, you are guaranteeing he will throw the document out! There is a big difference between stating that you want an Administrative Assistantâ€™s position and just putting the word RESUME on top of the document. Why take the chance â€“ do it right the first time. With my system, I will show you how to write a targeted document that will result in numerous interviews.
So now you know â€“ getting it right is sometimes as easy as following the rules correctly and avoiding the common errors.
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