Hiring managers read hundreds of resumes per day. So if you want to secure an interview, you have make sure your resume makes it to the top of the stack. Avoiding these common
mistakes puts your resume ahead of the pack.
Career adviser Liz Ryan appeared on CBS's "The Early Show" and identified some popular catchphrases like "results oriented professional" that should never land on a resume. "You're talking about yourself, so why go into this weird robotic language that doesn't describe much about yourself?" Ryan asked. Instead, she advised job seekers to supply concrete examples of their work experiences.
Other examples of abused phrases include "results-oriented," "proven track record of success" and "work well under pressure." Such descriptions don't help recruiters form a profile of the applicant in their head or motivate them to meet the person. Job seekers should prove their worth by emphasizing their work experience rather than stressing positive attributes.
Spell-check is a great tool but it doesn't catch everything, especially when it comes to resumes which tend to have incomplete sentences and names of companies. Here are some common grammar issues that are easy to overlook and can cost you the job.
Hiring managers aren't interested in personal statistics like your age, weight, gender, ethnicity, or religious faith. They also aren't interested in your marital status, the number of children you have, or any of your personal financial information. Including details like these can suggest that you aren't familiar with standard resume protocols, and these statements can also place employers in a precarious legal position. If they choose to pursue your candidacy, or if they decide to interview but ultimately reject you, they may be exposed to accusations of discrimination or favoritism. So skip the personal details and don't attach photos of yourself to your resume.
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