a recruiter can sell you to an employer based on their knowledge, it’s your
resume that will be the first thing a hiring manager sees, so it’s vital that
you get it right.
Spelling Mistakes & Grammatical Errors
sound obvious, but you would be surprised just how many resumes contain
spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Even though it’s not the end of the
world, they are very much avoidable. So making them implies carelessness, which
is not a very good impression to make on a potential employer.
Not Specific Enough
look at your resume they want to know exactly what you have accomplished in
your previous roles and how it is relevant to them and what they are looking
for. So instead of just listing a responsibility, say exactly how you went
about it and what exactly were the achieved results.
smart idea to include exact dates, as part of your specifics, in terms of how
long you have held a position because then an employer can see how your career
has developed. Also include the level of the people you worked for so you can
inform the employer of how high in the business your interaction reached.
Long Sentences & Being Too Elaborate
use words that are too long and over-do sentences on your resume, then there’s
a good chance you could overshadow your actual achievements. The use of bullet
points can add structure and most importantly it gives the employer an easily
readable format to access your information.
Photos, Images & Fancy Font
more job seekers are feeling the need to spice up their resumes by trying to
make it look more visually appealing with things such as photos of themselves,
elaborate fonts and other splashes of colour. Many of these people feel it will
help their resume stand out, and while in some cases that might be true, in
others it implies style over substance. The employer looking at your resume
only wants to know what your achievements are and whether you are right for
this might sound obvious, but so many people constantly mix up phone numbers
and move home and forget to alter their resumes with the new information. It’s
very frustrating for recruiters to have an amazing resume in front of them, but
then find themselves unable of actually contacting the person responsible.
Creating a general Resume
When an employer
receives that generic, ‘one size fits all’ resume, it tends to go straight in
the bin. Most recruiters look for tailored resumes that explain exactly why, in
terms of achievements in previous roles, that person is right for the role. If
you don’t do this, other people who want the same job will.
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