You have probably read through multiple articles, which offer insightful tips on how to develop an excellent resume. We believe you are aware of all recommendations on how to develop the professional experience section or what to choose between the objective statement and summary. In this article, we would like to look at a resume from a different perspective. Since it has been said about what you should do when writing a resume, we have decided to share more on what you shouldn't do. It is important not only to know what you should do but also what kind of mistakes you have to avoid.
Things To Avoid in Resume Writing
1. Don't think that the details don't matter much. There is a tendency when experienced specialists concentrate on achievements and accomplishments (which is the most important resume component) while ignoring details. Firstly, it is a mistake to define what the HR manager will relate to details and what one will consider the most important section. Secondly, people who are responsible for reviewing resumes spend about 10 seconds for 1 CV scanning its content. If within those ten seconds his/her eye will catch the detail you haven't worked on, then you will likely be disqualified.
2. Don't be lazy to tailor your resume and cover letter for each job opening. We understand that it is much easier - one doesn't have to spend more time on editing application documents. However, a generic resume will never be able to accomplish the results which a specifically tailored resume can accomplish. When your resume and cover letter speaks to individual company issues and shows what you can bring in to the company to help overcome those challenges, then you will significantly increase your chances of having an interview.
3. Don't send your resume to the job listings you are remotely not qualified for. This is a real headache for hiring authorities to review and sort all resumes. Many of the resumes received by the companies have little to do with the qualifications required in the job posting. Recruiters do hate wasting time reviewing and sorting CVs and resumes from unqualified candidates. If you still think that job search is a game of numbers (the more resumes you send out, the more chances you have to obtain employment), you cannot be further from the truth. It is not about quantity, but quality.
4. Don't think that everything is obvious. For some reason, job seekers tend to believe that their resumes are enough to make HR managers understand. However, the most common problem with that is that hiring authorities sometimes have a hard time connecting all the dots. In other words, the company can't always understand how your professional experience can help their company. Or what value you, as a candidate, could bring to the company.