There are so many things one has to know about resume writing. If you ever tried to find resume writing tips online, then you understand what we are talking about. There are just so many recommendations and tricks to keep in mind that one can get confused, especially when some of them sound very contradictory. Prime-Resume has been providing professional writing assistance for years; therefore, our writing experts know well through their extensive experience what recommendations are handy and what tips are nothing more but myths...
About Some Popular Resume Writing Myths
Spelling mistakes disqualify your right away. While it is important to have your applications documents error-free, we still believe that spelling (or even grammatical) mistakes don't necessarily mean that your CV will end up in the discard pile. Because HR managers are focused on the professional experience of candidates (what kind of value one can bring to the company), they will likely overlook such mistakes if they find anything worthy in your accomplishments statements. Nevertheless, it is no way a good reason to have spelling mistakes on your resume so proofread everything carefully.
Don't go over 1 page, otherwise, no one will read your resume. While it may be true for those who have never had a job before or for entry-level positions, it is not necessarily so for every applicant. In cases when there is a lot of valuable information you can easily have a second page. The length of a resume is not so important as the content. Even a 2 page CV of an entry-level applicant isn't a turn off really.
A targeted resume is too narrow and, therefore not effective. This is one of the craziest resume writing myths one can come up with. As a matter of fact, it is often one of the costly mistakes one can make when developing one's resume - to create a generic and wide resume that will "fit all". Resumes and cover letters that are tailored for specific positions save time for those reviewing application documents and convey a clear idea of what you can bring in to the company. If you really want to be effective in your job search, always go for a targeted resume - this way you will have many more chances to receive an interview call.
An objective statement is a must. We don't believe it is true. Moreover, very often an unprofessional objective statement often becomes a turn-off or just takes up valuable space. Anyways, if you have a poor resume content, but have an objective - it won't grant you a job. In the same way, if you have a great resume content, but have this little statement at the beginning of your document - it won't disqualify you.