As hiring managers we receive literally hundreds of resumes that we need to size up quickly and decide which pile to put in. The “A” pile is for stand-out candidates: “Lets do a phone, or face-to-face interview with this candidates as soon as possible. The “B” pile, puts you in limbo ” not bad, but lets see if we get any better resumes before we decide on this one”. The “C” pile puts you directly in the circular file “lets send this one to the trash”.Is this harsh , possibly “Yes” . Realistic ? Absolutely. Before you email fax, twitter or Linkedin me or whoever the hiring manager is, consider how the person on the receiving end will react to the information you choose and the way you present it on your resume. Every-time you send out your resume, and I mean every-time … you need to ask yourself, “Am I doing everything in my power to ensure that my resume lands in the A pile?”. If you can confidently say Yes, you’re one step ahead of most everyone else applying for the job and that much closer to getting invited to an interview.
Top 10 Resume pet peeves :
- Spelling errors and typos.
- Long, multi-page resumes (when your work experience cant back it up).
- Disorganised information.
- Unexplained chronological gaps.
- Employment end-dates that are missing.
- Too many buzzwords and industry jargon.
- Poor presentation/layout.
- Misrepresentation of responsibilities (If you lie, you will eventually get caught out).
- Pointless and endless objectives.
- This is a highly debatable one (and ultimately depends on the hiring manager) : Resumes written in the third person.
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