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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Why is a “Summary Statement” needed on your resume?

I know you hear me talking about how important resumes are in your career development but don’t ignore it.. Did you know that your “well written” resume helps to communicate your your skills, knowledge based and qualifications to potential employers? Do you understand that it showcase what you can do for employers, when written strategically?

I need you to truly understand your resume is the advertisement for the business of YOU! Let that sink in for a moment. Do you think you didn’t have to sell when looking for jobs or career opportunities? Think again!

There are five to six key elements to an efficiently written resume. In this article, we will discuss one of the most important attention grabbing elements.

Your SUMMARY STATEMENTS (Summary Paragraph)
So, you’re asking me, what is a summary statement on a resume. It is a one to three statements communicating your specific years of expertise, knowledge base and skills relevant to the industry or position(s) for which you are applying. This paragraph should mention specific key words associated with the actual position, so it may change frequently based on the position(s). If you are over the age of forty years old, you may have some familiarity with the “OBJECTIVE” on a resume. The summary paragraph took the place of the objective and communicated more efficiently with the employer about what you have to offer.

Do you have a summary paragraph on your resume? If not, here is a sample I provided to one of my clients when I completed a full resume revision for them. They were applying for social work and youth rehabilitation type of positions for group homes and orphanages.

Solid 20+ years of results oriented experience in social work and youth counseling with strong emphasis in teaching youth self-control, life skills, self-esteem and self-motivation. Consistently exceeding company goals and service expectations. Skilled in developing and implementing standardized policies and procedures that tangibly improved the lives of the youth population systematically.”

Now, this summary paragraph gave the employer a snapshot of what my client’s skills, their capabilities and their years of experience accomplishing the goals in their role. Now, keep in mind, the rest of the resume should quantify all the statements in the summary paragraph but it paints a great picture of my client so far.

By the way, does your resume have a summary paragraph helping to sell your skills, knowledge base, experience and qualification? If not, then a couple of resources to help you with that. If you’re looking to have your resume reviewed to see if it is working for you…then check out my first resource here. If you need your resume to be complete rewritten or created because you don’t have one or have a ineffective one….then check out my second resource here.

I want you to win in your career and your economic life, so your #1 career tool, also known as your resume, must work for you, not against you. If you have any questions about resumes, careers, interviewing or negotiation strategies, you can leave me a voicemail message by clicking the gray “send voicemail” tab on the right side of the page or go here and send me an email.

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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Don’t do these three things on your resume, if you want the job

As you know, we talk about several issues with resumes that human resources professionals have seen as common hinderances. Some of these things can literally bar you from obtaining the career opportunities you want, so do your best not to make these mistakes or misuse your resume in these three ways:

1. Misspelled words or grammatical errors
This mistake can happen to the best of us, but it can be avoided by simply using the spell check feature on your work processing system and reviewing your #resumes thoroughly. If you are struggling in this area as well, go ahead and check out my resource to help you eliminate misspelled words and grammatical errors.

2. Placing dishonest information on your resume.
This misuse of your resume speaks to your lack of integrity, if you have ever considered lying on your resume. My advise….DON’T DO IT! It will come back to haunt you in unexpected ways.

3. Using the resume not specifically match targeted to position or industry you are applying.
This misuse of your resume is understandable. If you want to get the career opportunity in the right industry, your resume will need to tailored to the specific industry. If you are struggling with getting your industry specific resumes completed, check out my resource .

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