Ever wondered why you never heard back from that dream position? Or why you didn't get a response after sending over your resume and cover letter? It's likely that something about your resume was unappealing to big recruiters--something that you didn't even know could matter.
Read on for the worst--and sometimes most common--resume mistakes people make, so that you know how to avoid them in your next round of applications.
One of the worst things you can do in any professional setting is simply not being specific enough. When asking for your skill set, recruiters and employers seek people who are able to complete certain, very particular tasks--not people who list broad generalizations implying they don't excel at any one thing at all.
2. Typos and bad grammar
It takes just an extra few minutes to ensure that your resume is free of any silly errors. If you've spent hours poring over getting the formatting and content correct, not going that tiny extra mile to make your resume perfect is a little silly--and reads that way too.
3. Passive phrases
When noting duties in a previous job or internship, avoid phrases like responsible for. Instead, opt for words like handled or organized. Although the change is small, the voice you have in your resume seems that much more powerful with minimal effort.
4. Aesthetically unappealing
Being pleasing to the eye is key to scoring a good, worthwhile read. Send your resume over to a couple others before using it to submit an application. Make sure that those who receive it aren't overwhelmed by text or distracted by formatting issues.
5. Bad objectives
Some people prefer not to submit objectives; others believe they play a vital role in job acquisition. Regardless of your stance on objectives, it's important to have one with dazzling, descriptive adjectives--or leave it out completely. What's vital here is avoiding the low effort objective because it can only hurt your chances.
6. Not playing up your strengths
Many people don't realize that they can use the duties section of each experience in order to underscore their good qualities and traits, as well as important accomplishments--such as leadership, teamwork, communication, etc.--rather than simply list past responsibilities.
7. Sending the same resume to everyone
One resume is never right for every place you apply. Employers love seeing that you put the extra effort into tailoring such a vital document just for their needs. More often than you think they take notice, so be sure to modify your resume for each potential employer.