It is a well-known fact that job-hunts are no cakewalk. Identifying the right company, the right role, job vacancies and landing an interview is a herculean task in itself and can leave any rational man frustrated. Even worse is when you send out your resume to numerous corporations but to no avail, you never receive a call back for an interview.
In such a scenario, we recommend that you consider revising your resume to make sure you don’t make some crucial mistakes!
A Resume, or CV, is the first point of contact you have with your prospective employers. The judgement formed by the employer of you is highly based on your resume and therefore it is essential to have a resume that matches industry standards and is well-made.
We understand that sometimes making your resume can seem like a daunting task, so based on conversations with recruitment experts and human resource consultants, we have curated a list of the top 10 resume mistakes for you to avoid making!
Presence Of Grammatical Errors:
In a world that emphasises the importance of the English Language daily, it is absolutely unforgivable to leave grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in your resume. These are easy to correct and check for thanks to technology today. The presence of grammatical errors and typos will lead employers to draw unflattering conclusions about you and your work ethic such as; This person doesn’t know English, can’t communicate or worst of all, this person doesn't care about landing a job with our organisation!
When describing the roles and responsibilities you have previously held whether in college festivals, with previous employers or anywhere, it is important to be specific about the kind of work you did. A generic description is more likely to be ignored while a specific one is more likely to draw the recruiter’s eye!
Generic Description - Worked with employees in a bank environment.
Specific Description - Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in a national bank.
Believing That One Size Will Fit All:
It is commonly said that you must draft a new resume for each job. This is because when you draft a generic resume to be circulated for various profiles and organisations, it is more likely to be cast aside than be considered. Employers want you to draft a resume specifically for their requirements to show how you can fit in with the job.
Focusing On Your Duties:
When elaborating on your previous employment roles and responsibilities, it is very easy to erase the fine line between your accomplishments and your duties.
Duty - Attended the paperwork following completion of the task in the organisation.
Achievement - Completed the assignment related paperwork in such a manner as to make them easily accessible to department members.
Although difficult, you must learn to concise all the relevant work experience, educations, and other skills into the desired resume length. For freshers and people early in their career (1-5 years of work), a 1-page resume is sufficient. For senior roles (more than 5 years of work experience), a 2-page resume is more than sufficient. However, don’t cut out essential points off your resume to meet the page criteria.
Although we think that employers no longer focus on the Objective Statement, several employers tend to focus on the same. They look for a well-drafted, job-specific objective statement as opposed to a generic one.
Absence Of Action Verbs:
A key point that most people miss out on are Action Verbs. Action Verbs are verbs that make you better suited for the job profile that you are applying for, in the eyes of the employer. These words subconsciously make your resume more favourable than others.
As with everything in the world, having an aesthetically pleasing resume is essential. Before sending out your resume to employers, show it to several people just to get an idea of how they like it. A resume that pleases your eyes is less likely to get tossed aside than a bland-looking or unappealing one.
When mentioning your work experience on your resume, most people tend to avoid specifying the part-time jobs or between-job assignments that they have undertaken to meet financial demands or for other reasons. However mentioning such work experience can be a bliss factor as it shows your employer that you are good at time management, have developed soft-skills pertaining to those activities and many other things.
This rule also applies to educational courses that you have done online via websites such as Coursera. Mentioning these shows an inclination to keep your learning curve intact and self-motivation to grow in the career field.
Incorrect Contact Details:
It is important to cross-check your contact details to ensure that the employer can contact you. More often than not, we overlook the checking of such details and typos in the same go unnoticed.