Hopefully, the shaping of a resume for the post college graduate began long before the graduation celebrations. With the job market still a challenge for most, it is even more important that the first step in most job searches, a resume, is done well.
I recommend that students use the resources of their colleges and universities to help develop a well-done resume. Even hiring someone to help is well worth the investment. Then, make a list of every place they would like to work and do research on the organization (not just look at their open positions). Every resume should have some elements of customization based on the specific organization and the specific job of interest. The question to answer clearly in a resume is how you can benefit the organization.Every resume should have some elements of customization based on the job. Click To Tweet
Here are 6 resume mistakes that can get your resume tossed:
- Too long.
More is not better in a resume. Think executive summary not dissertation. One or two pages is the standard.
- Grammatical errors and misspelled words.
Please have someone proof your resume before you send it out. This is almost always a guarantee for a toss.
- Personal pronouns.
It is a given the resume is about you so it isn’t necessary for you to provide “I” statements.
Don’t misrepresent facts and don’t embellish the truth. Both are lying and they are often spotted in the initial resume screen. If not then, they are sure to be discovered later in the process. Don’t lie.
- Personal stories, hobbies, and famous connections.
While these are interesting, they aren’t helpful in a resume. The fact that you have traveled the world, ran a marathon, remodeled furniture, and have a famous uncle who is a rock star simply doesn’t matter in landing a job. Save this for some fun team building later.
- Not having the right email address and the right phone number.
Make sure this information is front and center. Make it is easy for the employer to contact you. If they have to hunt for it, or there is an error with your personal contact information, it is a guaranteed toss.
Spend the time and effort on your resume. It matters. Think like an employer and make it easy for them. Tell the story well on how your education, abilities, and experience make you a good fit for them.Spend the time and effort on your resume. It matters. Think like an employer. Click To Tweet
What resume tips would you recommend?
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29