Top Five Resume Mistakes

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Top Five Resume Mistakes

  1. 1. Originally Presented on Fox 28 “Good Day Columbus” Marcy Depew, Teal-Noir Productions Survival and Success Leadership
  2. 2. Top Five Resume Mistakes <ul><li>These mistakes are totally preventable </li></ul><ul><li>Compiling a unique Resume takes time and effort </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t afford a professional to assist you? Ask someone currently working in the industry to proof it </li></ul>
  3. 3. Resume Mistake #1 – Typos <ul><li>Use Spell Check , but remember: Spell Check will allow you to use the wrong word, spelled correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Walk away for at least 24 hours after you have finished writing, then review with fresh eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Ask someone to proof it for you – and thank them for their priceless feedback </li></ul>
  4. 4. Resume Mistake #2 – Listing Tasks – Not Achievements and Results <ul><li>Skip an “Objective” – that makes it about you, not the prospective Employer </li></ul><ul><li>Add a “Qualifications” or “Skills” Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Create a short narrative about your responsibilities for each position </li></ul><ul><li>Add Bullet Points to show achievements / results / awards that highlight and validate your contributions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume Mistake #3 Using All Words and No Numbers <ul><li>Numbers (increases, decreases, sales figures, Staff size, Company statistics) make information “pop” </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers validate contributions and are easy to read by the reviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers paint a visual picture of your unique skills </li></ul>
  6. 6. Resume Mistake #4 – Omitting Vital Contact Information on All Pages <ul><li>What if they cannot find Page 1 and you seem to be the perfect candidate on Page 2 (and have not provided appropriate contact information)? </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of Resumes are received for any job posting: Make it easy to contact you to schedule an interview </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information on all pages presents a complete Resume package </li></ul>
  7. 7. Resume Mistake #5 – Using a Cluttered Format that Neglects Keywords <ul><li>Online applications often have Keyword Search software behind the scenes: Matching Keywords in the posting help you make it through the first filter </li></ul><ul><li>Use lots of white space : You have 5 – 7 seconds to get the attention of a reviewer – make it easy to read! </li></ul><ul><li>Match industry colloquialisms : Customers are called many things ~ Patients, Passengers, Clients, Customers, Members, Guests, Patrons, Users … </li></ul>
  8. 8. Teal-Noir Productions Marcy Depew <ul><ul><ul><li>Your initial consultation is always free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/MarcyDepew </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @Teal_Noir </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: www.tealnoir.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 614.397.9195 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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