Avoiding Resume Bloopers

With so many resumes coming to the recruitment office in a single day, potential employers tend to scan each resume as quick as possible so they could finish the task of eliminating those job seekers who have potential against those who don’t. A single mistake in your resume would cost you dearly, since the document would simply be discarded to the paper shredder.

If you want to gain a multitude of readers, please follow our advise as it would help prevent unwitting bloopers from creeping into your resume and rendering it untouchable.

Check your spelling – The most pointless of all resume deaths results of carelessness with spelling, grammar, and choice of words. Every recruiter and hiring manager consider misspellings, misused words, and grammatical mistakes as irreversible and almost always fatal flaws in a resume or cover letter. There is no forgiveness with misspelling, as it would create an impression of you having slipshod work habits and laziness. Before printing your resume, make sure that you have it proofread to a friend (even if you have already double-checked it). Remember that mistakes are often results of a hasty preparation.

Accomplishments, not duties – It is a common mistake among job seekers to put out a list of duties and responsibilities of their former jobs, but not explaining what accomplishments they have performed during those past work. A good resume has to be balanced, showing a brief explanation of your work experience while displaying major achievements you have received.

Understand the flexible requirements – Most ads list the specific requirements candidates need to be hired. However, there are also some more elastic qualifications that are cited such as "knowledge of Mandarin language an advantage." Even if you have the flexible requirements while not having enough of the specific requirements, try applying anyway. Just make sure that you indicate in your resume that you possess the qualities that they seek.

Avoid putting too many contact numbers – You home number, mobile number, home address, and e-mail address would be enough for the recruiter. Including your office number (and at some instances, your Friendster profile) on your resume would make it seem that you are "too available," which could scare some employers. If they think you are qualified for the position, they would do everything to contact you.

Using chronological format – Job recruiters find resumes written in functional format as something suspect. Job seekers who uses this format tend to deemphasize potential flaws or weaknesses, such as gaps between jobs or your age. You may use a functional format to present yourself as more of an expert than your background warrants. Functional format also confuses prospective employers sine they are hard to follow. It is best to combine the chronological and functional formats.

Being overqualified – You have not been able to get the market to pay what you deserve for the job you are trained for, making yourself be forced to settle for what your employer offers. Moving down the job ladder is more difficult than moving up, and employers will recognize those who do as someone who does not realize their true potential. One way not to appear overqualified for the job is by "dumbing down" your resume. Remove scholarly titles if you are applying for an entry-level job, for instance.

Including your salary history – Even if the employer posts an ad asking applicants to divulge their salary history, don’t fall for it. They will look for qualified applicants no matter what the cost, and this would also become your opportunity to have a much-deserved salary.

Stating your entrepreneurial experience – Job applicants who have been entrepreneurs are usually eliminated first in the hiring process. Employers do not trust them because of their extreme self-will, that they are more accustomed to giving orders and not taking them. They are also perceived as someone who wants to get rich fast, so they demand a higher pay. Employers also wonder why entrepreneurs would look for a job. If you fall under this category, try disguising your entrepreneurial career on your resume by changing titles such as from "owner" to "operations manager".

Too many jobs – Many applicants tend to cite too many jobs in their resume, especially those who jump from company to company, and industry to industry. Employers perceive this as a sign of restlessness depending on your age. Although you do not really need to hide those "excessive" occupations, you need to prove during the interview process that you more going for you than other candidates.

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