Within the thousands of resumes we have seen and worked from, we have found some strange common mistakes made by a jobseeker. To avoid these mistakes:Â
- Have a resume that is results-focused and does not just list job descriptions.
- Other than your contact information, be sure not to include personal information on your resume. It is not appropriate.
- Be sure your resume is about one to three pages in length. It will engage the reader if you do not tell them everything. It will also leave things to talk about in the interview.Â Â (My thoughts – probably the “…to three pages in length…should have been “no more than 2 pages.”Â I disagree with Joseph with is recommendation.Â I have had my resume go to 3 pages, no good.Â I think a useable skill is to be able to condense to 1 page without the resume looking like a page of scribbles.Â A well thought out, 1 page resume that covers a lifetime of work is impressive.Â For idea’s you could check out Kevin Donlin’s Guerrilla Resumes.)
- Only put your cell phone number on your resume if are confident that when you answer it you will be able to go through a phone interview with no problem.
- When using job boards to list your resume, change a few words and re-post it to the job board(s) everyday so you can be at the top of the list of qualified candidates.
- Be sure you include a cover letter when there is a person you will be sending your resume to, unless they tell you it is not necessary.
- Call and get a name so that when you send a cover letter it will go to a specific person. Also it will help when you call to follow up.Â (This innocuous suggestion is so key.)
- Always confirm that your resume was received when you submit a resume to a company or person. It is a great reason to make contact and can make a huge difference.
- Get a business card when you go in for the interview so that you have the information of the person you spoke with. It makes sending the thank you letter easier.Â (Again, simple but so many forget)
- After an interview, be sure that you handwrite or e-mail a personalized thank you letter that expresses your interest and qualifications again.Â (The follow-up can be the tiebreaker, make it break in your favor)
Utilizing these ideas will make your job search more enjoyable and successful.
Reprinted from e-resume.net