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Common Resume Mistakes

Biggest mistakes ever made in creating resumes or submitting resumes:

  • Poorly stated objectives.

As resume is an advertisement of the achievements that you’ve had in your career, failing to state such and not highlighting those is clearly the most critical error one can make in writing resumes.

You should always include data to back up job descriptions by stating how well the job was done. This can be done by stating your accomplishments in your previous jobs.

  • Use of the functional resume where a list of accomplishments is given first.

The drawback of this is that it leaves the employer guessing where and when your accomplishments took place. Employers have no time to spend trying to determine sequence and hence prefer the straightforward chronological approach shows clearly the progression of your career.

Other Common mistakes that should be avoided in resumes

  • Don’t download a resume from the internet or blindly copy anyone’s look. Doing this only leaves you with a resume that insufficiently covers your special items. Instead, design your own resume in a neat and readable format.
  • Before sending over your resume to a job opening that you just saw in the papers , check that the background information closely fits the description of the job.
  • Mailing such that it becomes obvious that the recipient is part of a mass mailing.
  • Attempting to go around the person who should ordinarily recruit people to the position that you are applying for.
  • Calling too often to check whether your application was accepted especially where the advert said “No calls please.”
  • Mailing it instead of E-mailing your resume.

Items never to be mentioned on a resume

  • Personal information such as those that refer to personal characteristic like, marital status, age, sex or religious affiliation
  • Anything not relevant  to your talent and experience. This only takes up valuable space-where more important things could have been added.

How to organize a resume in a best possible manner

There are two main methods of organizing a resume are as reverse chronological format and the functional format.

The chronological format- emphasizes career progression over time and is by far the most frequently used. It order makes it easy format for readers to follow or look for specific information. A reverse chronological order to a candidate’s work experience is listed in is used and as such most recent position first appear before the others. It’s a favorite among the employers and executive recruiters continue as the information on the employee is given in such a manner that leaves no guesswork to identifying their work history and career progression.

The functional format on the other hand stresses the job seeker’s most marketable skills, while at the same time de-emphasizing their career progression, job titles, and chronology. It’s a format that only works best for people that want to change their careers with little or no direct experience in the field they are targeting or for individuals with multiple gaps in their work history.

It may be hard for those pursuing a career change, to get the job by relying merely on  their resume however and would in that case have to build a  large network to gain access to key contacts in their new desired  field. The fact that the functional resume is not a favorites among the  traditional employers and executive recruiters is a major point of concern when choosing to apply the format os in that matter use the chronological format.