That one sheet of paper is the key for getting recruiters’ attention. You want it to be perfect with no mistakes and unique at the same time.
Whether you are looking for a new job or for new career opportunities, you should always avoid these frequent mistakes that could ruin your resume.
Email. If you think that this part is not important – you are wrong! Recruiters usually contact you by phone or email so your email should be professional. Simply put, it should be name.surname or surname.name. If you still use email name from 10th grade, please change it ASAP. Don’t be surprised if a recruiter doesn’t call you if your email is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer literacy. Don’t write that you know how to use Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer or a computer. It’s obvious that you know how to use them. You can’t create your resume or send it without knowing how to use a computer, can you? Instead, mention computer programs that are essential for the position that you are applying for.
Grammar mistakes. It is a crucial mistake that happens too often. People just leave grammar mistakes that could be avoided if double-checked. Always ask your friends or family members to check your resumes. It’s hard to catch your own mistakes, so having someone else read your resume for you will help. Few misspelled words will signal that you are not attentive to details and will give a bad first impression to the recruiter.
Irrelevant. Your resumes should be tailored so that it would match the job you are applying to. That means that you have to correct or rewrite your resume for every position that you apply to. If you are applying to sales position, mention all the results you have achieved in percentages or numbers. Focused and concise resume will help you land your dream job faster than a generic resume you send to all companies.
References. It’s a common rule that you should add the sentence „References available upon request“ at the end of your resume. But recruiters already know this and it’s a very overused phrase. They expect you to have references and you should have them ready when they ask you for them. When asked to provide them, determine how many are necessary, and choose which references will represent you bes for this particular position.
You have only one chance to make first great impression. Don’t waste it by making unnecessary mistakes in your resume. Tailor your resume as many times as necessary to make it great.