Your resume is the first inkling an employer has of who you are and what you stand for. Making sure that it is nothing short of a perfect representation is vital. Yet there are many job seekers who jeopardize their own chances by paying too little attention to their resume.
Here is a short list of the many common errors made in the average resume
- Length: You either make the resume too long or too short. Remember that an effective resume needs to be concise and yet comprehensive. So keep it to a maximum of three pages but don’t present one with just three short paragraphs of information either.
- Format: Choose the appropriate format for the position you are applying to. If the position requires a specific skill set, use a Functional Format. If what the employer is looking for is experience, use a Chronological Format. Remember, also, to organize the document with clear and concise typing and fonts.
- Content: Always proof read your resume several times to ensure that there are no typing errors or grammatical mistakes. Make sure, also, that you avoid being overtly verbose in language or extremely casual in your writing style. A recruiter will trash your resume if what you have written does not make sense to them.
- Relation: All too often, you are probably applying for positions as varied as Training Manager and Accountant yet, you send the same resume everywhere. It pays greatly to rework your resume to fit the position you are applying for. Don’t expect the recruiter to read between your lines.
- Address: “To whom it may concern” or “Hiring Manager” Both these addresses are a surefire way to direct your resume to the trash. Make sure you find out who you need to send the resume to. Not only does this ensure that your resume reaches the right decision makers, it also exhibits your common sense.
By keeping these simple rules in mind you can create a resume that will truly be a reflection of you. That is really all that a resume really should ever be.