There are countless resources for resume tips and advice, but do you know what mistakes to avoid on your resume? If you are applying for several positions and have just as many versions of your resume, details may be missed or mistakes may have crept in that could cost you an important interview. Before you submit another resume, read through these resume mistakes that make an application hard to read, don’t give enough information, or don’t show qualifications as clearly as it could. Contact an employment agent today at The Hire Group for help finding a position that fits you and your skills.
Typos or Grammatical Mistakes
This should be common sense but is still important to note. It can be easy to rely on auto correct or spell check, but not all mistakes are caught, especially grammatical errors. It can also be easy to become so familiar with your resume’s content that grammar mistakes are overlooked. Read your resume slowly out loud or have a friend proofread it before making the final submission.
An employer needs to understand not only what you have done, but what you have accomplished. When listing previous positions, don’t give general statements. There may be a fine line between providing so much information that it comes across as fluff and not providing enough information so that it doesn’t portray your experience as it should. Be specific enough so that you are confident that what is provided highlights your skills and experience and will catch the reader’s attention.
Say This: Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised more than 50 employees for a retail company that grossed $4 million in sales.
Not This: Worked as human resources manager in a retail setting.
It can be tempting to write one resume that tries to fit the requirements for every position that you are applying for. However, when this is done it ends of being over generalized and leaves the employer wanting more. A resume that is tailored for a specific job will give you an opportunity to show that you are qualified for that job and not just any job in the related field. It will also give the reader an opportunity to read and understand that you are serious about that job and the company.
Say This: Have a proven record of working with employees to facilitate open communication and problem-solving.
Not This: Skilled in employee relations.
Lists Duties Not Accomplishments
This goes along with being too general in a resume. Instead of simply stating that you hired employees, detail what was accomplished. If you supervised over 50 employees, what was involved in that? What challenges were faced and how did you overcome those challenges? Anyone may be able to hire, train, and supervise employees, but it goes deeper when you can discuss specific aspects of each duty.
Say This: Worked with employees to complete daily tasks and ensured ongoing learning and teamwork.
Not This: Supervised employees.
A Bad Objective
This short introduction to yourself and your resume needs a great deal of attention and finesse. This should also not be over generalized and full of fluff. Give the reader something concrete about yourself, what you are looking for, and what you want to achieve in the position you are applying for.
Say This: Seeking an experienced human resources position where I can contribute my skills and experience with recruitment, employee relations, and benefits administration.
Not This: Looking for a challenging, professional work environment where attention to detail is sought after.
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