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Your LinkedIn Page Doesn't Match: If you are leaving certain employers off your resume, exaggerating or using different versions of your resume, be sure your LinkedIn and other social media pages match whatever you are sending potential employers. If things don't add up, you are cutting yourself out of the picture.
Poorly Written Resume: Overall, your resume should be a summary of your work experience, skills and qualifications. If you can't demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the position, it's over.
Non-Traditional Resumes: Using some unusual resume type or something that no one has seen before is risky. Use a functional or chronological resume and play it safe. The more "creative" you get, the more chance you take not impressing a potential employer.
Bad font, font size or margins: Be sure your resume has good margins and white space. You don't want your resume to be crammed full of too much information. Use a font like Ariel or Times New Roman and stick with it throughout your resume. Don't use fonts like Comic Sans or Old English. Headings and subheadings should be a little larger, but don't go overboard.
Resume is too long/short: Stick with one page....maybe two. Your resume should be only as long as the reader will read it. Most resumes get about 30 seconds. Make those 30 seconds count. You have to find the right balance between too long and too short. It's best to list either the last three employers or the last ten years of employment history. You can include a section called "Other Professional Experience" that includes one liners about past RELEVANT positions you have held.
Duties highlighted: Don't talk about your duties or responsibilities. Talk about your accomplishments. What were some of your achievements in your job? We all know what an Office Manager does, give some details about what a great job you did for the company. If you must talk about responsibilities do that on the first line of your job highlights, leave the other bullet points for your accomplishments.
Dates don't add up: Make sure your dates are accurate and that you can explain any gaps of employment you might have. Gaps aren't that big of a deal, but you must be able to explain them. Remember, jobs you've held for less than six months don't need to go on your resume, if you so choose.
Too generic: Every resume you send should be customized to each position for which you are applying. If your resume is one of 500 you've sent, and it shows, your resume may get ignored.
Too much irrelevant information: If it doesn't pertain to the job for which you are applying or doesn't lend itself to showing your experience, skills and qualifications for the position, think hard before putting it on your resume. It's great that you belong to the sorority in college 15 years ago, but unless that's a qualification they are asking for, leave it off.
If you are not getting enough traction when you send out your resume, there may be something wrong with what you're sending. Even the slightest wrong move and your resume could be overlooked by any potential employer. The competition is fierce and you must make the best impression as quickly as possible. If you don't, your chances for an interview could be slim. Here are a few suggestions to help you improve your chances of landing the interview and ultimately a new job.
Too much personal information: Remember, only relevant information should go on your resume. Things like height, weight, social security number, or how many kids you have should not go on your resume. It's nice that you coach a little league team, but it's not really relevant to the position, unless you classify it under volunteer experience. At the same time, your Yoga class doesn't belong no matter what.
Used pronouns: Leave pronouns off of your resume. Don't state things like, "I have ten years of management experience." Instead, use: "Ten years of management experience. Also, don't talk about yourself in the third person either: "Bob Smith has ten years of management experience." Instead use: "Ten years of management experience."
Poor use of keywords: Every resume you send out needs to be unique and "re-done" for every job you apply. That means creating a new objective line and working in key words from the job posting. Without the correct keywords, your resume will be lost and probably not even seen by a person. I know it's a pain....but, you have to do it. You can send the same generic resume to all potential employers if you want, you're just limiting the response.
Typos/errors/incorrect information: If you don't spell check your resume and have more than one person review it, you don't deserve the job. If there is one typo, it will most likely cost you an interview. Be careful and make sure every resume you send is perfect. Once you create your resume, proofread it three times, set it aside for at least an hour and come back and proofread it again. After you have the final version, have three friends review it.
Unprofessional email address: Use a professional sounding email address, preferably one that has your name in it. Don't use email addresses like: email@example.com because your email address should be professional. Using something like JSmith@gmail.comm would be perfect. Of, if you created a job specific email address would also be very appropriate. Maybe something like: MarketingManager@gmail.com would be great.
References: Never, never, never provide a list of references with your resume and don't use the phrase "References available upon request." Of course you can provide references and employers know that. You don't have to tell them and it makes you look inexperienced and outdated. If and when they want references, they will let you know.
Did not follow the submission guidelines: Whatever you do, follow the instructions for applying. That doesn't mean that you can't submit a resume to a potential employer through the mail, but follow the directions first. Then, think about what else you can do to increase your chances of getting an interview.
Wrong format: Be ready to provide your resume in one of three different formats: Microsoft Word, as a PDF or as an ASCII file. If you can attached a PDF, that's what you should do. When posting a PDF, your resume will keep its original formatting, text boxes, graphics, etc. If you must submit a Microsoft Word document, you should use no borders, graphics or other style formatting as it will get lost and/or deleted y the computer reading your resume. One of those two formats are best unless an ASCII file is requested. Whatever format you choose, remember to stick to the basic resume writing principles, be professional, only include relevant information, be clear and concise.