Following is a list of resume do’s and don’ts that will allow you to avoid the pitfall of the “resume rejecters” while reaping the benefits of the “resume writing savvy.”
Plan. If you take the right actions from the very beginning, you’ll have a greater chance for success. More importantly, you’ll probably experience success faster and avoid frustration. Since you are reading this, that already tells me you want success as quickly as possible. Good for you!
Prepare. It’s well worth taking a little time upfront so avoid timely reword after rejections and missed opportunities. Preparing will help you create a beautiful professional resume to impress potential employers. This is exactly what you want.
Research. It’s well worth spending an hour or so learning about the companies you are applying to. Additionally, researching for your best resume format will help your chances for success.
Proofread. Before you submit your resume to any employer proofread it. Make sure you captured your best skills and accomplishments for the job. You also want to make sure of appropriate grammar and spelling. I will tell you that I personally reject resumes with these types of errors. Many employers use errors as the first elimination criteria, so avoid this common pitfall.
Believe. As you go through the resume writing process take pride in your accomplishments. No matter what your experience level or education level, there are things you can be proud of. Use every positive to boost your confidence and build upon it. Your opportunity is there, just waiting for you to find it.
Underestimate the value of choosing the right resume format. Presentation is important when it comes to your resume, so make sure you chose the right format for your situation.
Underestimate the value of your knowledge and experience. Be sure you thoroughly review your work history and experience. It is so easy to discredit accomplishments and tasks you think are not important. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you brainstorm. Capture every single accomplishment, training, and experience. As a matter of fact, keep a going list you can update and reference whenever necessary. This will help you best match those skills and experiences to your desired job.
Underestimate the importance of understanding a company’s resume distribution channels. You may miss out on a golden opportunity if you do. Here’s the really sad part. There are people who do everything right except research a company’s preferred method of receiving a resume. Therefore, that resume is never seen by the right people. Don’t let this be you.
Lie or exaggerate. Never, ever make this mistake. I’ve known people who’ve stretched the truth a little only to have it backfire…. literally. There were fired from their newly acquired job. Worse yet, they’ve ruined their reputation. Do not place yourself in this unfortunate, and completely avoidable, situation.
I encourage you to refer to this resume do’s and don’ts list often. It’ll help you on the road to a successful job search.