It’s pretty often people make mistakes that damage resume and stop recruiters from processing it. Let’s talk about the most common.
1. Typos & grammatical errors
Nowadays pretty much of English language resumes are written from non-natives, so a lot of them have simple typos and errors, such as “atach” instead of “attach”. Personally, I’d recommend to use Grammarly or similar tool to avoid it. Otherwise, it makes recruiter think that you don’t really need the job as You don’t care about correct writing.
2. Lack of achievements
The recruiter needs to understand what You’ve done and accomplished. For example:
A) Worked with employees in IT sector
B) Recruited, hired, trained and supervised 32 developers for the agricultural project which brought $1.8 million of profit to the company.
Obviously, if your choice is “B” you are more desirable candidate for recruiters.
Whenever you create the one resume for all your potential employers, you decrease your chances to get a job. Each time you send Your résumé to recruiter you should specify your experience and achievements so your resume fits the job you’re applying.
4. Duties VS Achievements
Recruiters don’t need your duties. Actually, we know our sector roles good enough to understand what you’ve been doing for the company. We’re interested in your achievements. Increased sales? Great, tell us! Hired Top-talent developer? Highlight it in your résumé!
5. Resume length
Too short resume is useless and too long one won’t be read fully. I usually spend about 20-30 seconds looking at one resume, so I recommend you to limit yourself to a maximum of two pages.
6. Wrong objective
Forget about “Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth”. Specify what you’re interested at, something that focuses on employer’s needs as well as your own. For example: “A challenging entry-level Java development position that allows me to contribute my skills and experience in agricultural project”.
7. Missed action words
Forget “responsible for”, use “Increased sales for 23% in six months”
8. Skipping important information
Your soft skills such as time management and work ethic are more important than you think they are. Include them.
9. Weird style
Resume which is written wall-to-wall with 7 different fonts isn’t attractive! Usually, simple 1 font resume is easier to read and adds you win points. So don’t try to be creative designing your resume if you aren’t a designer.
10. Incorrect or non-professional contact information
First of all, make sure there aren’t typos in your phone number or email address. Next tip is to use an email address which is named by your name and last name. Recently I’ve received a more or less good resume but the woman’s email was firstname.lastname@example.org. We haven’t proceeded her candidacy as obviously, she doesn’t need the job. Otherwise, she would spend 5 minutes to create the professional email.
And the last one, you should never ever use your current company’s email to send your résumé. It’s absolutely unprofessional and stops recruiter from proceeding your candidacy.
Hope these tips help you to get your dream job! Remembered another case? Comment below!