Has it ever seemed to you that your resume just goes into a black hole? You apply for different positions, but you are not selected for the interview. Could it possibly be your resume?
Here are 10 ways that you may be eliminating yourself from consideration without knowing it:
1. You use a format that doesn’t look professional. It’s easy to pull up a template on the Internet and use that to craft your resume. But if that format doesn’t say “professional” on first glance, you could prejudice a recruiter who is screening your resume against you before the person even reads your content.
2. The content doesn’t convey the scope of your responsibilities. Sometimes job seekers are overly concise when writing their resumes. They assume that anyone in their field would know from their job titles that they have the skills required. But HR professionals cannot assume anything when they read your resume. You need to spell things out for them in some detail without getting into overkill. By skimping on the overview of your duties, you could lead your reader to believe that you really haven’t done much in your different positions.
3. You don’t highlight quantified accomplishments. A resume without crisply worded, powerful, quantified accomplishment statements is not likely to be noticed. Many job seekers make the mistake of simply listing their duties. But a laundry list of duties makes a job seeker sound like everyone else who has done similar work. Accomplishments distinguish you from your competition. And they show that you have actually made a contribution to the organization’s bottom line.
4. You provide too much data. Generally speaking, by the time you reach the C-suite, you have a lot of experience. Sometimes it is difficult for executives to distinguish what is really important from what isn’t on the resume. The result is a resume that is too long and overly wordy. And since recruiters are typically short on time, a lengthy document only gives recruiters a reason to move on to the next candidate.
5. You make the document too lengthy. Two pages is generally the maximum length for a resume. However, many job seekers are not sure what employers are looking for, so they throw in everything and end up with resumes that are three or four pages long. The resume needs to be concise and to the point.
6. There are no keywords. Recruiters search their resume databases by keywords, so if a resume does not contain that keywords that recruiters are looking for, that resume will probably not be reviewed, no matter how qualified the applicant is.
7. Hobbies are out if they are unrelated to your job objective. You may really be a skydiving enthusiast, but if you are applying for a job as an accountant, it’s probably not worth mentioning in this setting.
8. Leaving large gaps of time unexplained on the resume is unacceptable. If the gap is longer than three months, you need to account for the time somehow. If you did volunteer work during this time or stayed home with children, you can write this up so that you show job related skills.
9. Some job hunters use their employers’ email addresses on their resumes. Some people do not regularly check their personal email, so they use their employers’ email instead. This sends a negative message to potential employers that the job seekers will not hesitate to use their equipment for personal use.
10. The work history goes back too far. Many job seekers over 40 think that they have to take their work history back to their first job out of college. All that is needed is the last 10-15 years of your work history.
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