Saturday, November 12, 2011

Resume mistakes to be avoided

The main hurdle between you and your entry to the interview room is your resume. Today, market is flooded with resumes of job seekers. Therefore, it is important to stand out from the crowd. Usually a candidate makes mistakes while writing a resume for the first time.Here are few top mistakes to avoid while writing a resume.

1. Personal details
Other than your full name, contact information, including email, phone number and address, you should avoid giving other personal detail in your resume. Information such as your age or anything about our family must not be kept included. It's you who is applying for a job position; you are what matters, not your family background.

2. Unrelated information
You should avoid stating information in your resume that has nothing to do with the job you are applying for. Very often job seekers make this mistake while telling about their hobbies or accomplishments. If you are applying for a software developer position, what sense it would make if you state that you were a dance champion as one of your accomplishments?

3. Highlight on accomplishments, instead of  duties
You must shun phrases like "responsibilities included" or "duties included" and focus on accomplishments that set you apart from other job candidates.

4. A loose objective
The very first thing in your resume that your potential employers would surely look at is the objective statement. So avoid making vague statements like "Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth". The employers come across such lines probably hundred times a day. Try to say something specific that would serve the employers' need as well as your own.

5. Resume templates
Don't use standard resume templates from any site. You're supposed to be uniquely qualified so the company will choose you among other candidates. Therefore use a little imagination while writing your resume. It'll surely help you a lot.

6. Mentioning your references
References are a good tool to increase your credibility in the eyes of your prospective employer. But you shouldn't list specific references directly on your resume. Instead, References should be given only if specifically requested by the employer.

7. Mentioning salary expectations
Never include salary related points in the resume. You may lose the chance to face the interview.

8. Poorly organized
While writing your resume, you should maintain a proper order of importance. Don't mention about your hobbies at the starting. Moreover, job titles are more important than dates of employment. It's better to put the educational details at the end. If you are a fresh graduate, then only you should highlight it.

9. Typos and Grammatical Errors
Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect otherwise it will create an impression of a careless person in the minds of the employers.

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