4 Resume Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

Your resume is one of the most important tools you have when searching for a job. It’s your chance to make a good first impression and sell yourself as the best candidate for the role. However, if your resume is full of mistakes or doesn’t contain the right information, it could cost you the opportunity to even get your foot in the door. Here are some common resume mistakes to avoid:

1. Irrelevant Experience: It’s important to have the right professional experience showcased on your resume. Having the wrong experience will hurt not hep your chances of getting attention from the right employer or right job.

2. Not Structuring Your Resume Properly: Does your resume still have objectives on it? Please review that from your resume…right away. It’s so important to make sure that your resume showcases your actual talent and not just your experience. When I say that, I mean your resume must have a summary of your qualifications it should have a list of your skills, knowledge base and abilities either listed or highlighted at the top of your resume. It should also showcase how you can help the employer. The proper resume structure can sell you to the employer because they can see how you can benefit them.

3. Not Describing Your Experience Thoroughly: Are you leaving out any important details about your skills or experience? Make sure you include all relevant information about yourself so that the employer can get a complete picture of who you are. Also describe how you did the job by showcasing awards, certifications and your overall stellar performance in that position.

4. Do Not Add “Reference Available Upon Request” to your resume: Was your resume written in 1992? Then that’s the only resumes that have that line printed on there. It is so irrelevant to resumes now, due the mere fact that more employers are expecting you to have a list of references ready to represent. The reference list is another “career tool” you as a consummate professional need to have in your arsenal of career tools in your professional life.

So, there you have it – four resume mistakes that might be costing you the job of your dreams. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! If you need additional assistance crafting or editing your resume, please connect with me here and I would be happy to help. In the meantime, make sure to avoid these common mistakes and you’ll be on your way to landing that perfect job.

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The Love-Hate Relationship with Job Interviews

We’ve all had that nervous feeling right before your next job interview. It’s nerve racking to say the least. If you’re new to the job search and career space, I completely understand your anxiety around interviews. Half the battle is the level of preparation that takes place before the interview takes place. The other half is keeping your “nerves” under control while you worry about how you will be perceived by the interviewer. In any case, you will still need to be mentally and physically be prepared. Each type of interview requires diverse preparation, which I talk about in this video. If you are looking for interview coaching before your next job interview, go here.

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Career ReVamp 4.2 – The Corporate Employee (Wrap-Up)

In the final part of the Career ReVamp Series, the integral parts of making the career transition and all the tools needed to make it easier. We know that changing careers, even if it needs to be done by force, is a process…not a sprint! Each parts of the process must be implemented strategically to increase your chances of a successful transition.

1. Career Tools Needed for the ReVamp

2. Need help with completing the new resume for you? Go here or if you just need the new resume to be reviewed professionally, then go here.

3. Want me to complete the new revamped career portfolio? Go here.

4. Are you getting interviews in your new career and want help getting prepared for it? Go here.

5. Need to schedule a career strategy session to have a clear path to revamp your career? Go here.

In Part 1 titled, Know Where You Are Now gives you a place to start. You have to where you are now.

In Part 2 titled, Putting Your Plan Together, helps you assess and document your skills, knowledge base, qualification and your overall professional persona. You should also document how to showcase what you have to offer will benefit your new career venture.

In Part 3.1, titled Entrepreneurial Track, you can use your knowledge base to start a viable business. This episode of the series reviews some aspects of business start-up activities.

Part 3.2 titled The Career Track goes into more detail about how to approach your career change choices. It provides an overview of the what you need to do when you change your career.

In Part 4.1 titled The Business Owner Path provided detailed steps to functional entrepreneurship and the specific steps you will need establish your next successful business as your new career venture.

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Go Where You Are Celebrated….Not Tolerated

It’s always best to have your preparation tools ready for a storm instead of being caught in a storm without any tools. The same applies to your career path and the difficulties you may experience at times. In this economic climate, ALWAYS have your #careertools ready for use.

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Don’t Use Controversial Marketing in Your Career

In the last few weeks, we have seen an interesting example of #controversialmarketing at work in the #AyeshaCurry situation. I personally didn’t find what she said so controversial or ridiculous, but apparently enough people had so much content to address her statement that it cause her to garner FREE press to announce a new cooking show she’s doing.

This type of #marketing may work for celebrities but not in the corporate professional space.

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When Opportunity Meets Preparation…Great things happen!

In today’s #job market, being prepared is absolutely critical…if you want to be successful. Having your career tools in top notch condition should be no different.

What are your career tools? Your resumes, coverletters and letters of recommendation….just to name a few.

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Is Your Resume Doing You Justice?

The primary function of your #resume is to pique the interest of the #employer enough to get a job interview. If you’re not getting calls from employers for more information what you have to offer, then this career tool is not doing its job for you.

Want to have all your career tools such as your resumes, cover letters and/or letters of recommendation reviewed by an human resources professional to improve their chances of working for you? Go check out this resource where I review all your career tools…so they can start working in your favor.

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Show & Tell with Your Career Tools

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Applying for jobs online can be a pain…

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I can certainly understand exactly the level of frustration in that statement and the tedious task of applying for jobs online these days. Trust me, I understand and want to give a few tips and tricks to make this process as painless as possible.

Please understand that most employers are using applicant tracking systems (ATS) to process their applications and cutting down on the amount of candidates who will get to the interview process. It helps to have the right career tools, such as your resume, cover letter and letters of recommendations already prepared to help you move the application process along.

If you do not have any of these career tools or need help with getting them completed, please check out this resource to get your career tools completed, so you can get more efficient with your job application processes online. If you do have your career tools completed, then use it in the following ways.

-Save the full resume in Notepad version

-Upload this version of your resume to the ATS for the jobs you are applying for

-Create a different resume for every industry you have more than one year experience working

If you struggle with getting your career tools (your resume) to get you the desired result (a callback from an employer with an interview), then check out check out my other resource where you can have your career tools reviewed and updated, so they can produce the desired results.

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Don’t think you need a resume?

There have been times where I don’t want to be bothered with resumes, cover letters and all the other career tools because it seems like a chore….

Well, let’s consider this scenario for a moment. If you were a real estate broker attending a networking event where at least 60% of the people there stated on their attendance card, they are looking to buy or sell their current primary residence. As you “work the room” with some of these people, the conversations leads to them asking you what you do for a living and you say, I’m a real estate broker. At least five of the ten people you have spoken with in that event expressed a very strong interest in conducting real estate transactions.

Hmmm…Stop and think for a minute, do you think you are in the right place at the right time as a real estate broker? Let me ask you another question, do you want to be in that networking event without your business card and a way to obtain their contact information? You see where I’m going here. The moral of the story is….have your career tools ready for business, to cultivate promising business and #career opportunities.

Just like this story of you being the real estate broker, you do not want to hear about career opportunities and not take full advantage of them. Granted, you can garner career opportunities without career tools, but you always put yourself in a better position, when you have your career tools ready to work for you.

If you are struggling with having your resumes, cover letters or letters of recommendation work for you and you need to have them working for you again, check out this resource here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools completed and need my help to get them created and structured for the career of your choice, check out my resource here to discuss the career tools needed to jumpstart your success in your chosen industry. The saying goes, when preparation meets opportunity, SUCCESS is inevitable.

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