Helpful resume writing tips


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For both first time job seekers and those with many years of employment, it is very common to commit serious mistakes on their resumes, which end up costing them the job they wish to apply for. Employers and recruiters have varying standards to which candidates are qualified for the job.

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Helpful resume writing tips

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 1 Cosmic Coaching Centre Corporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives
  2. 2. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 2 For both first time job seekers and those with many years of employment, it is very common to commit serious mistakes on their resumes, which end up costing them the job they wish to apply for. Employers and recruiters have varying standards to which candidates are qualified for the job. But in terms of viewing applicants’ resumes, they both have almost the same expectations and things that could make them overlook or even toss a resume. If you want to produce an effective resume, here are the 5 five mistakes you should avoid. Common Resume Mistakes 1. Inability to customize the resume to the job being applied for. With the availability of the internet and the huge amounts of information accessible there, it is not surprising that so many people opt to use generic resumes that seem to belong to a mass-produced batch of resumes. Using a generic resume is like telling the employer that you have no idea about what job you are applying for. Plus, it shows that you didn’t want to even bother making your resume suit the available job. 2. Using a “Resume Objective” rather than a “Professional Summary”. There is nothing wrong with using objectives if you are a fresh graduate without any previous work experience. Otherwise, there is no point in using this type of resume as it just makes you look outdated and inexperienced. 3. Enumerating your responsibilities in your previous job rather that your accomplishments. Listing all your responsibilities in your previous workplaces can make your resume look like a job description. It is okay to include in your resume all your duties in the past, but it is more important that you note all the results, outcomes and accomplishments you achieved. This will show the potential employer that you are capable of handling the job and that you have what it takes to yield positive results for the company. 4. Including dates. It is surprising that many job seekers are still putting dates on their resumes, such as their age and the years of their education. There should not be any age discrimination in hiring job applicants, of course, but still you should try to avoid giving certain information to the employer which may potentially cause biases against you. As you know, there are employers who favor more senior professionals because the younger one are inexperienced. 5. Lacking important keywords. An effective resume contains important keywords for the profession and the industry being applied to. You have to make sure also that the keywords you are using are according to what the job posting indicates.
  3. 3. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 3 With the vast amount of information now available to every job seeker, it doesn’t seem right to see a poorly written resume. There is a lot of information on the internet about the dos and don’ts in writing a resume. But still, so many people are making the very common mistakes, which normally cause them the chance to land a job interview. Below are some of the most common resume mistakes that people are continuously making to sabotage their chances of getting hired. After reading this article, make sure that you take a look at your own resume to check if there is something in it that needs to be changed. Mistake #1: The use of an Objective Statement Using an objective in your resume is problematic in two ways. Firstly, there is no reason for you to indicate in your resume that you want to get the job because the employer already knows it, of course! The other thing is that such statements are usually written in a way that is too broad, vague and generic. Thus, they are typically not enough to tell the employer exact things about you being the job applicant. As a result, you don’t get that edge over any other job applicants there. Mistake #2: Over usage of Bullets One important trait of an effective resume is its ability to keep the reader engaged and interested. By including too many bullet points in your resume, you will do nothing but lose the interest of your reader. The reason for this is that hiring managers go and scan numerous resumes and search for valuable and relevant content. It is important that the information written on the resume be friendly to the eyes and valuable. The worst thing you can do is use bullets to enumerate all your experience and achievements in your career. Mistake #3: Tasks instead of Accomplishments There is nothing wrong with you trying to enumerate in your resume all the responsibilities you had in your previous employment. What could only cause the problem is when you are not able to support these job descriptions with your past accomplishments. Employers couldn’t care less about the assignments you were given in the past. What they are more concerned about is how you can handle the job they are going to give you. If you end up hiring a resume developer instead, you will notice that this is one of the areas he or she would address initially. You seem to have it all. The guts, the talents and the skills, the wit and of course the personality but- your resume! Yes, your resume just puts you down every time you apply for a job. Writing a resume can be very challenging and intimidating. Well, that’s what you think! It’s in fact, an easy task only had you known the basics.
  4. 4. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 4 Remember that your resume serves one purpose and that is to attract the best possible employer. So, is it necessary to have such an effective resume? Obviously, it is. Because an effective resume is one that produces the result that you wanted- to get that job you applied for! Tips on writing the best resume are all over the internet. In this article, you’re provided with the cream of the crop tips! 1. Begin with looking for the company that attracts you most. Make sure that the requirements they ask for appear in most parts of your resume. 2. Give details about your experiences comprehensively. Always give details to experiences that is related to the job requirement you are applying for. Irrelevant details will actually turn off your potential employer. Highlight your skills and accomplishments. 3. Don’t forget to include your degrees, trainings and certifications. With it, write your internships or other relevant unpaid work. 4. Listing irrelevant hobbies is a big no. Okay. So you love to go fishing every weekend but that doesn’t have to be included unless it is somewhat related to the job you’re applying for. It would be better to list hobbies that promote your values. 5. Don’t overuse words. This time, you might need to grab your thesaurus. But it’s not easy as that- you have to be certain that the words you are using are correct and applicable. If you avoid using the same words often, you will be spicing up your resume and it will appear more interesting and more comprehensive. 6. Before you decide to pass that resume- have your spelling and grammar checked. It’s a big turn off to be misspelling some words in your resume. Although one misspelled word can’t be career fatal but some employers are quite particular about the spelling and the grammar thing. 7. Find good layout ideas and structure over the internet. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a job. If you can just get fresh ideas on layout and structure of a resume for free, why not? 8. When you have finished writing your resume, review it and be certain that it meets what your potential employer needs. It is important that you intricately review your written resume first. When you are then sure that your resume will be as effective as it can be, all you have to do is relax and wait for that ring on the phone! –Not to forget, be courteous in answering that phone call. You don’t want hanging up your ideal career, do you? In worst scenarios where you can’t simply attract potential employers through your self-made resume, it is advised that you seek the help of a resume writer. There are many professional resume writers out there all you have to do is to search the internet.