Things to Avoid In a Resume CV
You are on a job hunt and you need the right tools for success. Obviously, the biggest and most significant of the tools is the resume, but it can actually work against you if you make some of the most common resume mistakes. In this brief article, we are going to identify some top resume “killers” and how you can easily avoid them.
1. Duties over Accomplishments – You MUST read the resume you have drafted in order to see that it is not focused on duties instead of accomplishments. What on earth does that mean? Well, if you see a sentence like “responsibilities included…” you know that you have put an emphasis on the tasks you handled, but you are not explaining what you accomplished or achieved at this job. A potential employer needs to know what set you apart from other people and what you learned from your time on the job.
2. No Target – A resume that has no focus or remains untargeted is just too general to catch the potential employer’s eye. ALWAYS remember that any employer will read the resume for a maximum of twenty seconds before deciding whether or not to continue. You have a less than half of a minute to grab their attention and keep it. Thus, your resume must be very focused and display its intentions clearly and yet with style and appeal. This is best done with an objective statement.
3. No Marketing or Objective Statement – Though there is an ongoing debate about the objective statement, it is something that we highly recommend. It is your one way to craft a very personalized statement within the resume and to really set yourself apart from other applicants. It is something, however, that merits a great deal of thought and focus when preparing. Ask yourself why you are a good candidate, what your goals are for this position, and how your history makes you the best “fit”.
4. Boring Reading – The content of the resume may be very interesting, but if you don’t structure the document in a way that appeals to the reader it may as well be a blank page. This is why the standard rule when looking at the resume for errors or weaknesses is to weigh the different sections and to determine which should come first and how they should be structured. Should the education come first or the experience? Should you put the company name first or the job title? This depends on the job being sought and the goals of the applicant, but is essential to success.