OOPS!  THE 3 MOST COMMON RESUME BLUNDERS

Mar 31, 2021

Quick question, true or false:  Your resume should show your complete employment and education history.

Nah!  

Common Resume Mistake #1:  not being clear about the purpose of your resume.

If you’re involved in a job search, the purpose of your resume is only this:  to provoke enough interest in you to cause an employer to want to interview you. 

Said another way, it’s a provocative document rather than an explanatory one.

There are studies that say that 2/3 of hiring executives spend 2 minutes or less looking at your resume or LinkedIn profile before making that all-important decision about whether to interview you.  https://blog.jantegze.com/how-long-do-recruiters-look-at-a-resume-a5b1d6001f3b

So stop worrying about the time-gap in your resume, or whether you’ve had sufficiently prestigious jobs, and focus, instead, on what will provoke a reaction.

 

Common Resume Mistake #2:  not being honest on your resume.

What’s on your resume must be true, it need not be complete.

Think of it this way:  if your resume is long and contains everything that’s ever happened to you professionally, why should they bother to interview you?  Everything’s on there!

Instead, give them enough for them to be impressed, and to want to know more – which of course they can, if they interview you!

 

Common Resume Mistake #3:  not including enough numbers.

Lots of people write that they’re passionate and goal-driven.

But a prospective employer wants to know some facts about what you’ve done.

  • How much new business did you bring in? 
  • How many people did you lead?
  • What was the return-on-investment of projects you took on?
  • How many accounts did you service?
  • Were you promoted?  Multiple times?
  • What specific awards did you win?
  • If you were not in sales, what specifically did you do to support an employer’s growth?
  • What were you chosen, over other people, to do or lead?
  • Did you do anything that was an employer’s “first ever”?
  • To what extent did you achieve your goal(s)?  (Hint: if you had a performance appraisal, it probably reflected your supervisor’s or boss’s opinions of how you performed against your goals, even if the goals weren’t completely quantifiable.)

Once you’ve drafted your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, ask someone who has helped others, recently, to get Job Offers what they think of it.  If they were an employer with a job opening today, would they choose to interview you?

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