Dispelling the Myth: Common Resume Mistakes

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer and President of Resume Solutions, I provide workshops and seminars on what makes a successful resume: what it entails, and how to create a great document that immediately generates interest from a potential employer. Always considering what a good resume should be, it suddenly occurred to me that most job seekers also need to know what a good resume IS NOT! Consider the following list of common resume writing errors.

A good resume IS NOT:

  1. Your personal biography: HR or hiring managers are not very interested in learning all the facets of your life when reading a resume such. Avoid elaborating on non-relevant items, such as that award you won in grade 4 for your exceptional piano playing. Keep your resume to a maximum 10-15 years, depending on the role you are targeting. Consider that by exhaustively listing all of your work history; you may open yourself to age discrimination, thereby excluding yourself from being considered for a choice position.
  2. A tool that guarantees a job offer or interviews: Your resume is the document that launches your job search; however, if it does not reflect the qualifications in the job advertisement you will not get an interview. Also keep in mind, even a good résumé does not guarantee a job offer from a future employer; this is based on your performance in a job interview.
  3. A form of self-expression: Unless you are in a highly creative field, a resume should always be professional in the content and layout. A graphically designed document with different colours and fonts could result in your application being dismissed as unprofessional and “tacky.”
  4. A document stating what you want from a potential employer: Many job seekers focus on what they want, sometimes leading their objective statements to emphasize what they want from a potential employer and a role. On the contrary, a strongly written resume demonstrates to an employer what you bring to their company, whether it is technical expertise, sales capabilities, staff leadership or cost minimization talents.

So what IS a resume?

A resume is the document that supports you before, during, and after a job interview, and helps you to secure a satisfying and well-paying job. The goal of a strongly written resume is to generate interest from a potential employer and persuade them to call you for a personal interview. A good resume makes hiring managers quickly sit up and take notice of your capabilities and what you can bring to the table to add value to their organization. As a job seeker, your job is to successfully market yourself to potential employers using your own personalized marketing brochure – Your Resume.

While your resume will not directly lead to a job offer, it is the crucial item that will springboard your job search, generate interview calls and influence salary offers. Never leave your resume dormant for too long, always review and update your career history – and if you do not have one, START WRITING!

Struggling? Have questions? If you need help, do not hesitate to call on a Certified Resume Writer at Resume Solutions. Your long-term career success may depend on it!

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  1. This is exactly some thing I need to do more research into, thank you for the article.

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