Do You have a Resume from H. E. Double Hockey Sticks?
Its crazy to apply and waste a chance with a resume that is less than perfect - PLUS it shows a lack of knowledge, and sometimes even just laziness in your career. There are a few key things that you can do to make sure your resume doesn't get thrown out of the running immediately.
You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression…. And it couldn’t be more true with your resume. A great resume can open a door and it if yours is anything less than up to par- it will quickly close the door on your dream job! I want to help you to NOT make these fatal mistakes that will cost you the job you want.
Below are the biggest mistakes I see when I reveiw resumes.
Cookie Cutter Template
Have you used Microsoft Templates or online resume builders like Indeed or others to create your resume? Avoid Microsoft Word templates and resume builders that you find free online at all costs… Hiring managers spot them in an instant and realize you either lack creativity or don’t care enough to go the extra mile. So even if you get past the keywords - you are done. Furthermore most of those templates will simply not allow you for places to ensure your resume has all the proper keyword structure or elements that Applicant Tracking Systems will be looking for. Resume builders and generic templates are simply a waste of time.
No Summary? No Interview For You!
Not having an executive or professional summary makes your resume a HARD SELL… And I don’t mean the objective (you shouldn’t have those at all!) The summary can be your greatest tool on your resume. Never use the words, I, me, my etc on a summary- it is about you- not you talking about you. This career summary section should show your skill level and experiences directly related to the position being sought- you know how I say that the job opening details give all the info away on what they are looking for… THIS is the place you can really make sure you tick all their boxes!! Take a look at my resume samples to see what I mean by a GREAT resume summary.
Don't Over-Focus on The Basics
Don’t allow your resume to be TOO focused on your job duties. It will come over as a boring list of job duties and responsibilities. What you need to do is DEMONSTRATE how you made a difference at each company - how did you outperform on the achievements. What problems did you meet, and how did you overcome them and furthermore what are the results.