How Not to Write a Bad Resume
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A Short Guide to Common Resume Writing Mistakes to Avoid

A Short Guide to Common Resume Writing Mistakes to Avoid

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  • 1. HOW NOT TO WRITE A BAD RESUME ™ A Guide to Common Resume Writing Mistakes to Avoid
  • 2. WHAT TO EXPECT For a really bad resume: WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN CREATIVE CONTACT INFORMATION “I” FOCUS SLAPDASH FORMATTING TOO MUCH INFORMATION Ms. or Mr. COUCH POTATO OOOPS! FORGOT EXPERIENCE POINTS for a SOLID RESUME THAT WORKS
  • 3. WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN Write your resume in a hurry Overlook spelling errors Inaccuracies related to your background and experience Omit Skills and Accomplishments Show a lack of Creativity
  • 4. WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN Do not take the time for thought or preparation ‘Speed’ gives the impression of a lack of interest Just write as fast as you can! And Get It Done!
  • 5. UNUSUAL CONTACT INFORMATION Use a nickname for your resume heading. Include a colorful e-mail address describing a personal habit or state of mind.
  • 6. EXAMPLES crazyfordogs@email.com lovestodrink@email.com partygirl@email.com.
  • 7. “I” FOCUS Write your resume in the first person Use ‘I’ with impunity Focus on what is important to you Disregard the needs of the employer
  • 8. SLAPDASH FORMATTING Write your resume just like all other applicants ‘Follow the pack’ in your presentation Do not show imagination or creativity Be afraid to be different or unique Use a lot of abbreviations and commas
  • 9. TOO MUCH INFORMATION Gives the appearance of being ‘crammed’ Write in a very small font making a resume difficult to read Contains more information that the employer really wants to know
  • 10. And MORE INFORMATION Not focused leaving little or nothing to the imagination. Answers any and all possible questions an employer could ask. An employer might ask, ‘This is more information than I really want to know. Why do I need to interview this applicant?’
  • 11. Ms. or Mr. COUCH POTATO Where are your Accomplishments? What are your Skills? Shows a lack of Initiative. Or the ability to make a Difference Or the willingness to step or think ‘out of the box’.
  • 12. OOOPS! FORGOT EXPERIENCE Insert the job description into your resume Copy the job summary into the body of your resume Reads like a job description Use ‘Work History’, ‘Work Experience’ vs. Professional Experience
  • 13. A SOLID RESUME THAT WORKS CLARITY AND FOCUS TIMEand THOUGHT INSPIRED PROFESSIONAL YET INSPIRED PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHT ACCOMPLISHMENTS, SKILLS AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • 14. CLARITY & FOCUS Convey the message for any prospective employer Be Clear, Concise, and Communicate clearly your Accomplishments, Skills and what you bring to your next job Focus on the needs of your audience Not a medium to express your needs or expectations All about your future employer and the expectations and what you bring to the table
  • 15. AN INVESTMENT Crafting a good resume takes time, patience and thought. Rome was not built in a day and neither will a good resume. Writing a resume might take several days and might often take weeks. Why? To give you time to remember what you have done, reflect on your experiences and focus on where it is you want to go.
  • 16. INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE First impressions are important: your resume is your introduction to a Recruiter or hiring manager. Be professional, but be individual. Your resume should be easy to read, easy for the reader to find your skills sets and accomplishments and how they relate to the job to which you are applying. Use spacing, bold lettering, and bullet points to highlight your skills and accomplishments. The reader’s eye will follow the use of spacing, bolding and bullets. Avoid italics as this style may be difficult to read and de- emphasizes vs. an emphasis.
  • 17. HIGHLIGHT ACCOMPLISHMENTS & SKILLS Convey with Conviction and Enthusiasm: What have you Accomplished? How you have made a Difference in the workplace? What you are most proud of? What have been your most significant Contributions?
  • 18. HIGHLIGHT ACCOMPLISHMENTS & SKILLS Which of your ideas have been adopted at work? List your Awards no matter how insignificant you may believe them to be. Awards and Recognition matter and is a great way to showcase your talents and skills.
  • 19. GOOD EXAMPLES ­Name Anywhere, Ca. 12345 You Call Me (Cell) guesswho@gmail.com I Call You (Home) Legal Services Professional specializing in Litigation with greater than ten (10) years experience within global legal environments including Go Here and Went There with the proven ability to optimize legal services with application of reliable and consistent administrative support. •Exercises independent judgment and decision-making abilities with discretion and confidentiality. •Recognized for an ethics-oriented and professional working style applied to wide- ranging responsibilities with accuracy and effectiveness. ACCOMPLISHMENTS •Executed ‘practice management software’ to accurately capture sensitive and crucial information related to case management, financial reserves and resource allocation.
  • 20. GOOD EXAMPLE MIKE SOMEBODY Some Place, USA| 123-456-7891 | mikesome12@hotmail.com ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL OPERATIONS | HUMAN RESOURCES | FACILITIES Performance-driven Administrative Assistant professional with expertise in providing support services to multiple internal client groups including Human Resources, Operations, Finance, and Facilities. Demonstrated commitment to organizational objectives within a highly competitive and rapidly changing work environment. •Trusted as an advisor to management and employees with the ability to respond to urgent situations in a professional and understanding manner. •Outstanding ability to plan and execute assigned projects without direct supervision. KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 21. EXAMPLE Your Name Somewhere, Ca. 12345| 123-456-7890 | professional1@comcast.net SENIOR LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT | ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT Business-focused Organizational Development Professional with extensive experience guiding Executive Leadership in diverse industries including Retail and Healthcare. •Optimizes the performance capacity of employees in consultation with organizational leaders then exceeding business goals. •Outstanding communicator who excels in the facilitation of small-to-large group collaboration and involvement of all stakeholders to implement changes effectively. •Leader in the development and management of Human Resource programs targeting key business initiatives then aligning processes with human capital. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: Revitalized Performance Management system to include on-going performance feedback embracing peer reviews as an integral component to the process.
  • 22. THOUGHTS Professionalism is a universal quality that if you possess, will move you forward on whatever path life leads you. Your resume can be the means to a more professional you.
  • 23. ‘"The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it." Mack R. Douglas
  • 24. RESUME 911 Marcia Hancock marcia@thejobsearchadvisor.com http://thejobsearchadvisor.com/