Career Tips -Top 10 mistakes to avoid while creating resume
Your resume is your first impression on the prospective employer so you need to use it as a valuable instrument. Statistics indicate that you have only about 10 seconds to impress the hiring team and your resume should be compelling enough to attract and retain their attention.
There are many common mistakes made by job hunters which should be avoided to ensure better response from the prospective employers.
1. Your resume should be well written without any spelling or grammatical errors. Make sure that the font is neither too big nor too small – use Arial or Times New Roman with 12 font size, avoid using fancy colorful fonts as they look highly unprofessional on a resume.
2. The format of resume is very important. It should be precise and reader-friendly without excessive formatting and fancy designs. Preferably it should have four sections namely objective, summary, earlier work experience and job profiles as well as educational qualification.
3. The resume must be to-the-point and avoid elaborate sentences. Instead of writing long paragraphs about experience or achievements, it is better to stick with concise points in bullets.
4. The resume should provide a brief account of the kind of work you are capable of doing but it should not look like your advertisement or your life story. Instead of focusing only on your job responsibilities, you should mention your strong points like your achievements and/or any special training. Mention your achievements in a manner that they complement your job responsibilities.
5. Do not stick to one format for all employers. Some employers might want your professional details whereas some might want details of your skills. Alter your resume according to the job requirement and highlight your skills, education or any other aspect keeping in view the job description.
6. Unless asked, do not attach your photo on resume.
7. Do not include the remuneration you are expecting from the prospective employers, of course, unless you are asked to do so.
8. Do not exaggerate about your performance or achievements. Avoid using words like ‘outstanding performance’ or ‘excellent ability’; instead, you can just write ‘good working knowledge’.
9. Do not include references in the resume. References should be provided after your first interview. If you include reference in the resume for the initial interview, then there is a possibility that referee might not be prepared to give details about you. Therefore, it is better to brief them after your initial interview so that they can be prepared and give good feedback.
10. Your resume should not be unreasonably lengthy. Keep it concise and simple and avoid putting extra details in it. These details can be put across during the interview. You should keep in mind that the employers receive huge number of job applications and might not have patience and time to read lengthy resumes.