Ten to fifteen seconds! That’s right! That’s how much time a recruiter ordinarily takes to read your resume to shortlist the candidate for a pre-screen telephonic interview. That is certainly not a lot of time to imprint your personality through a piece of a paper.
It’s the first medium through which you meet your employer claiming to be the best candidate for the concern job profile. So the need to have an effective resume is probably higher than you think it is.
A small mistake in your resume can hurt the chances of your selection. There would be hundreds of other candidates competing you and you surely don’t want to get kicked out in the very first round itself. All because of your weak résumé with full of minor errors.
Having witnessed following mistakes on a common ground, there are certain things that you should keep in mind to stand in competition.
Hence, we are giving you a precaution kit which would pave your way to an impressive interview
1) Giving Exaggerated Information:
In the name of flowering your skills the resume in the best way, many people blunder up giving exaggerated information. You need to understand the difference between smart packaging and exaggerating! Provide right and honest information. Smartly frame your skills and achievements and keep the fine line between the ‘right’ and ‘too much’.
2) Typos and Grammatical Errors:
Some may think that typos and grammar errors are overlooked by recruiters if the targeted job profile does not ask for flawless English. Owing to the fact, one shouldn’t forget that a tiny patch on a fresh white paper catches attention in no time! Talking about language, even if the mistake in the writing is small, it breaks the flow of the reader. So make sure you don’t make any grammar errors or typos. Try to be accurate in your language.
3) Using Personal Pronouns and Articles:
Do not use personal pronouns and articles on your resume! Why? The recruiter surely doesn’t want alliteration figure of speech with your repetition of ‘I’ word for the 100th time on the resume! Your name appears at the top of it. Needless to say that the tasks and accomplishments mentioned below would concern you and nobody else.
4) A Bad Objective:
“Looking forward to work for a firm with a friendly environment and great pay.” or “Looking for a challenging job.” may seem fancy but it’s not!! These are extremely vague examples that do not provide any additional information about your skills which you can utilize in the goals. Your goals should sketch your enthusiasm to work for the company and make a difference in the field. It should render your thorough research of the company and the job opportunities.
5) Duties-Driven Resume with no Accomplishments:
The resume should profoundly consist of relevant accomplishments and achievements making the job seeker the best applicant. Your duties in the resume shouldn’t overpower your accomplishments.
6) Using Decorative Fonts:
Do not try to be cool by using some fancy, calligraphic or comic fonts. You are possibly barking up the wrong tree! Calibri, Helvetica, and Georgia crown the chart when it comes to using formal and classic fonts in the resume.
7) Listing Key Points in Improper Order:
You may have laid your hands on many job profiles, which is not a good thing to have on the resume. But adding everything in an improper order is just beating around the bush! One should put the experience and achievements in relevance order.
8) Resume Lacks Keywords:
It’s important to add keywords on the resume as there would be hundreds of other potential candidates uploading their resumes online. It should be easier for an employer to track your resume. Hence, use simple language with a usage of keywords.
9) Your Current Business Contact Info:
It’s insane and absolutely a bad idea to put your current business contact details on your resume. It’s dangerous! You wouldn’t want your employer to call at your office. One shouldn’t even give the boss’s name on the resume.
10) Personal Stuff:
Do not put personal information like your marital status or religion or even your political views. It was considered as a standard format in the past, although it isn’t obligatory to give such information. Besides, it’s illegal to ask personal information as an employer. Also, do not give your opinions. State facts as much as possible but giving opinions on the resume is a big turn off!
With more and more improvement in your performance, experience and achievements resumes get better and better! All you need to do is keep modifying and updating the draft of resume.
It needs to be factually accurate, including dates of employment, education completed, job titles, and skills possessed in each role demonstrating your growth as a professional in each individual role. Write to the point and be precise in what you’re defining.