Top 10 Mistakes - #2 Writing Resumes

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You are your resume. Don’t put yourself out of the running by submitting a substandard. Even if you have questionable experience or a spotting work history, make an effort to put your best foot forward. Guard against making the classic resume writing mistakes.

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Top 10 Mistakes - #2 Writing Resumes

  1. 1. Top 10 Mistakes Writing Resumes By: Bill Holland www.mandrake.ca /bill ca.linkedin.com/in/talentproof www.twitter.com/talentproof
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>You are your resume. Assuming that you are applying to a company that doesn’t know you, your resume and cover letter are the only means for them to make an initial assessment about your candidacy. Don’t put yourself out of the running by submitting a substandard resume and cover letter. Even if you have questionable experience or a spotting work history, make an effort to put your best foot forward. Guard against making the classic resume writing mistakes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. #10 – Too Repetitive <ul><li>Use a variety of actions words to introduce each point on your resume. You also want to showcase different experiences rather than list similar ones for every job that you’ve had. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. #9 – Too Much Personal Information <ul><li>Including hobbies and interests are great, particularly if they illustrate qualities, skills and experiences relevant to the job you’re applying for. However, don’t overdo it – it’s not a personal ad. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. #8 – Inappropriate Length <ul><li>An appropriate length for a typical resume would be one or two pages. Longer resumes are reserved for executives or contract workers. If your resume is too short you’re not providing enough detail. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  6. 6. #7 – Poor Formatting <ul><li>Typeface, font, margins, bullets and spacing are all important. Legibility is your goal, so don’t overdo your resume with too much stylization. Keep it simple and readable. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. #6 – Poor Writing Style <ul><li>Keep your resume style polished and professional. While you want to demonstrate a certain level of writing competence, don’t go over the top with too much creativity. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  8. 8. #5 – Being Misleading <ul><li>Providing false credentials, overstating your accomplishments are all misleading. Of course you want to position yourself in the best possible light, but dishonesty will catch up with you. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  9. 9. #4 – Too Generic <ul><li>Avoid generic or “empty” statements in your resume. Use concrete examples and descriptions to illustrate what you’ve done and what you’re looking for, rather than vague and meaningless commentary. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. #3 – Not Proofreading <ul><li>In addition to checking grammar and spelling thoroughly, also make sure your contact information is correct. Have another set of eyes proofread your resume to catch mistakes you might have missed. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  11. 11. #2 – Poorly Organized <ul><li>Your resume should be organized into discrete sections to focus the reader’s attention. Decide whether you want a chronological or skills-based resume and organize it into appropriate sections. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>
  12. 12. #1 – Poor Content <ul><li>Your resume should highlight your experience and accomplishments, not your job duties. Employers want to see what you’re capable of, not just what your responsibilities are. </li></ul><ul><li>ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com </li></ul>

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