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A first impression is extremely important. During a job search, your resume often becomes that first impression an employer will have of you. So it comes as no surprise that your resume has to be spotless.
Recently, we ran through the Top 10 Do’s that you need to follow to create the right resume. But now that you know what you should do, we’re back to make sure you don’t make these mistakes. Here are the top 10 DON’Ts to create that perfect first impression with the right resume:
- Add personal information such as height, hobbies, or taglines like “References Upon Request”. These are unnecessary or too informal for a resume.
- Advertise negative and/or unnecessary information. For example, that you were laid off or fired, any reasons for leaving, or previous salaries.
- Write in the first person on your resume, i.e. “I”, “me”, “my”.
- Embellish or stretch the truth at all, especially regarding dates of employment, duties, accomplishments, or experience.
- Allow spelling mistakes or grammatical errors on your resume. These show a lack of attention to detail to anyone receiving your resume.
- Use long, in-depth paragraphs to describe experiences. These are unnecessary as the interview is the time to go in-depth about your experience.
- Make your experience read like job descriptions. You do not want to simply list tasks and duties.
- Use passive language throughout your resume, as this language lacks action.
- Complicate your resume with overly creative organization and formatting, especially if you’re applying for a more traditional industry such as accounting.
- Use poor or flashy resume paper. You should also stay away from MSWord background graphics such as clip art.
Now that you know the DO’s and DON’Ts of a creating the right resume, you should be “Resume Ready” to power up your career search!
Your resume is an important tool in your job search efforts. In fact, it is often the first thing a potential employer sees from you. So they use it to decide whether or not they should bring you in for an interview.
Of course, the interview is your ultimate goal, so you need to perfect your resume to help you stand out from all the other job seekers. First of all, your resume should be error free since misspellings can mean an automatic rejection. But that isn’t the only “to-do” you need to complete on your resume to beat out the competition.
We present our top 10 DO’s to create the perfect resume:
- Format your resume into recommended categories such as Professional Experience, Education & Certifications, and Associations.
- Utilize a summary of your skills at the top of the resume, rather than an objective statement
- List your past 10 years of professional experience.
- Put your education and ‘certifications and associations’ sections last, unless you have less than 10 years of experience.
- Create a short paragraph highlighting each position’s scope of responsibilities.
- Use bullet points to highlight accomplishments, not tasks, underneath your responsibilities paragraph.
- Clearly identify measurable results and accomplishments: dollars saved, percentage increases or decreases, time it took to accomplish the goals, etc. Include these in your accomplishments section.
- Include one or two sentences describing the company, industry, size and relevant factors about each company you have worked for under your bullet points of accomplishments.
- Use action verbs throughout your resume, such as initiated, established, analyzed, executed, organized, etc.
- Keep your resume to 2 pages or less and print your resume on white or off-white paper with basic fonts that are size 10-12 points
Now you’re on your way to putting together the resume that will get you in the door for an interview. Are you “Resume Ready?”
Be sure to check back in soon for our top 10 resume DON’Ts!