Even though some are predicting the end of the resume with the advent of sites like LinkedIn, the truth of the matter is that resumes are still very much alive. And because they are alive, it is critical that you know what you should and should not include on this very important document. After all, what’s the point of sending out your resume if it gets no results?
Here are some reasons why you are not getting calls for interviews:
A job objective. A job objective is passe. Because it is no longer used (except maybe in the case of a recent college graduate), it makes you look dated if you have one on your resume. Instead of a job objective, you should have a professional summary that gives a high-level overview of you as a candidate.
Lack of specificity. This is huge. Many job seekers are trying to keep their options open, so they don’t want to lock themselves into a specific job title or type of work. The problem with that is that an employer is not likely to easily see how you can fit into the position that they have open. If you don’t make a clear connection for the employer between your skill set and the requirements of the job posting, your candidacy is doomed.
No keywords. These days most resumes are scanned into a resume database after candidates submit them. Recruiters then search those resume databases for their perfect candidates by using keywords. If you don’t have keywords on your resume, your resume may never see the light of day.
TMI (Too much information). Some job seekers simply don’t know how much is too much when it comes to the resume. Because they are not sure what to include, they go overboard and include everything. Then the resume becomes lengthy and uninviting. Since two pages is the standard length for a resume for someone with several years of experience, going to three pages or more can totally overwhelm the reader. It can be a very easy way to ensure that you never hear back from the employer.
A complete rehash of your job description. This is the lazy way to do your resume, and unfortunately, there are some people who take the lazy way out. It seems much easier to simply copy and paste information from your job description into your resume rather than take the time to think through what you have done that adds value to your employer. A copied and pasted job description reads like a copied and pasted job description. And it will not endear employers to you.
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