Updated: May 6
"Though it may be tedious, customizing your resume for the roles and responsibilities of the job you are applying for is key for getting through the applicant tracking systems."
I have written many times about the painstaking task of drafting a resume. Resume writing can be so agonizing that people will avoid applying for more lucrative jobs so they don’t have to do it. As much as we wish we can simply waive a magic wand and have the job we want, the fact remains that the modern application process usually requires us to send in a resume.
This being the reality, most applicants tend to rush through the writing process, giving way to mistakes. With so many people currently unemployed, companies are being inundated with applications, making it more important than ever to have a stand out resume. Here are five common mistakes to avoid.
1. Using an Objective
There was a time when an objective was a must on a resume, however recently employers have opted for a Target Job Title, followed by a brief summary of you as a professional. A great career summary shows the hiring manager why you are the best person for the job, while still staying concise.
2. Not Customizing Your Resume for the Job
Though it may be tedious, customizing your resume for the roles and responsibilities of the job you are applying for is key for getting through the applicant tracking systems. Browse through the job descriptions listed for the positions in which you are applying and add your skills and experience that best correlate to the job summary.
3. Using personal information
In recent years, it has become less common to list a personal address on your resume. A full address is no longer required, so long as you list your City and State under your contact information.
There is also no need to include personal identifying information such as, age, gender, or religious affiliation unless used for a Curriculum Vitae.
4. Leaving out social links
Since social media has infiltrated our lives, listing social links on a resume is becoming more popular. However, this can be a double-edged sword if your social accounts have unprofessional content. Linked-In is currently the only social media account that is widely acceptable to list on a resume. Depending on your career path, you may include other forms of social media (ex. A photographer includes their Instagram account to display their work), but make sure your pictures are appropriate. There is no better way to be weeded out of the candidate pool than by showing the HR Director pictures of you doing a keg stand.
5. Using an Unprofessional Email Address
Nothing calls someone’s credibility into question quite like an unprofessional email address. Even if the entire resume is flawless, a childish or raunchy email address makes the hiring manager second guess your abilities.
It is best to stick to a Gmail account that includes some form of your name. Also confirm that you are using a current address to ensure you receive notifications from employers.
Remember that a resume is a professional document and is one of the most valuable marketing tools you can use to advance in your career. If you invest the time and energy into making it stand out, it will pay off big in the future.
Inspiration of the Day: “Your resume is the most financially significant document you will ever own. When it works, the doors of opportunity will open for you. When it doesn’t work, they won’t.” -Martin Yate
Shannon Slack helps her clients craft irresistible resumes and establish career paths. For more tips or if you would like to work with me click below: https://www.moonlightingcareerservices.com/contact.
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