Deadly Resume Mistakes That Job Seekers Commit
One of the most common mistakes is underestimating the importance of the resume.Let it be known it is by far the most important piece of the puzzle to landing interviews.That said, here are a few of the deadly mistakes you should not make:
Deadly Sin # 1- Not Understanding its TRUE Purpose
The majority of job seekers write their resume with the intent of landing the job. Wrong. Instead, you should write your resume for the sole purpose of getting the interview. Period. You’ll never get the job without first getting the interview. Don’t fill your resume with boring facts about your previous work experience. Instead, create curiosity; focus on how you’ll specifically benefit the company.
Deadly Sin # 2- Not Writing With Important Proper Keywords In Mind
In today’s digital age, employers are searching through resumes via keywords. So, if you’re a sales manager for an IT firm and have specific experience in working Cisco systems products, for example, be certain to list all keywords you think an IT recruiter may be searching with are entered somewhere in your resume. If keywords the employer is using in a search are not in your resume, your resume will never be found.
Deadly Sin # 3- NOT Using Bullet Points
Nothing annoys a hiring manager more than seeing a resume that is a bunch of text. Experience has shown that hiring managers will not take the time to read lengthy resumes. Instead, structure your resume with small easy to read blocks of text a few sentences, long laced in with powerful, benefit oriented statements that not only pass the “so what” test but also create enough curiosity from the hiring manager that they want to know more!
Deadly Sin # 4- Not Getting Help!
That’s right! Most job seekers today are taking shortcuts and not seeking out professional advice nearly as much as they should be, especially when talking about how their resume is written and structured. When you see thousands of resumes a day like we do, it quickly becomes obvious that most job seekers are considerably missing the mark. We estimate that 90%+ of resumes cannot only be improved, but significantly improved, simply by following the advice we gave throughout this article coupled with a little creative writing.
1. Take advantage of our Free Resume Review right now. Don’t delay, as we are offering this service for free for a limited time to prove that when it comes to resumes, we know our stuff!
2. After receiving the feedback via our Free Resume Review, come up with a specific plan for rewriting your resume based on our specific feedback and comments as well as this article.
3. Consider getting help! Our team of resume writers consists of professional recruiters and staffing industry professionals with hundreds of years of experience between all of them! No matter what the industry or marketplace, they understand what makes hiring managers tick, what they’re looking for, and most importantly, how to deliver just that! Our resume writing service varies based on the individual and your experience level.
We hope you enjoyed this article and take action today, as we know your enthusiasm and attitude about the job market will increase significantly when you start getting your resume read and get more interviews and job offers!
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