Are you applying for jobs? Have you mastered what should and should not be on your resume? There are common mistakes applicants make on their resume that has a large impact of an employer’s decision about you. The damage it does for your image might cost you your call back for coming in for an interview.
These errors could be influencing the decision of you getting your dream job. We all know how easy it is to make mistakes on your resume. There are a few common mistakes you might be making. Here is how to avoid them to make sure you can be a strong candidate for the jobs you apply for.
By having no grammar errors and proof reading your resume, it demonstrates to the employer’s that you care about your work. Having mistakes on your resume can make an employer have snap judgements that lead to having a negative emphasis on you. They can conclude that you may not be able to write or you do not care if there are typos and/or grammatical errors.
Employers do read majority of your resume. Too often though candidates will put a generalized objective that is not specific to the company that they are applying for. An example of this is, “Seeking a challenging position that offers potential growth.” Employers are looking more for something like this, “A challenging management position that allows me to contribute my interpersonal skills and experience with and through others.”
Previously mentioned being specific has an impact on how you stand out. Being too general on your resume has an impact as well. Sending out your resume to multiple companies with the same resume usually gets tossed in the “poor resume” pile. You cannot have a one-size-fits-all resume. Generalizing what you do clearly illustrates to the employer that you may not have key factors to make you stand out or be able to handle the position.
Lack of Specifics
Showing employers your accomplishments will help them understand what you have actually done. When you are not specific it can really change the emphasis they have on your experience and skills. For example, if you put “worked with employees in an office setting” verses “supervised and worked with 12 employees”.
Contact InformationSome candidates think they are not getting any bites when they apply for jobs, but have you checked your contact information to make sure it was correct. Some people get a new phone number and forget to update it on their resume. Another mistake to avoid is using an inappropriate email or having a complex email. (I.E email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).There are many other mistakes one can make. You’ll have to explore the others through other sites.
We hope these mistakes benefit your resume and your chances of getting a call back for an interview.
Let’s say you have a strong resume and the employer decides they want to call you in for an interview. They reference your resume for your contact information. What happens when it is the wrong phone number? In this case, you won’t be getting a job any time soon if employers can’t get a hold of you.