This book is designed to help you diagnose resume problems, covering 50 of the most common and most significant resume blunders.
| Once you have diagnosed your resume problem(s), this book is also intended to help you fix those issues by covering issues with a resume’s focus, content flaws, formatting flaws, strategy errors, and the mistakes that prevent a resume from being correctly “read” by employers’ Applicant Tracking software.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Maybe It’s Your Resume
Chapter 1: Issues with Resume Focus and Specificity
- Blunder: Resume is not tailored to the targeted vacancy.
- Blunder: Resume is unfocused.
- Blunder: Resume contains an objective statement.
- Blunder: Resume is too general.
- Blunder: Resume fails to address critical requirements.
Chapter 2: Flawed Content
- Blunder: Resume is duties-driven rather than accomplishments-driven.
- Blunder: Resume content lacks measurable results.
- Blunder: Resume is so full of quantitative data that it’s hard to read.
- Blunder: Resume fails to showcase targeted skills.
- Blunder: Resume contains spelling errors, typos, and grammatical flaws.
- Blunder: Resume is too wordy, contains too much information.
- Blunder: Resume is written in third-person.
- Blunder: Resume does not list phone number, only an e-mail address, or has inappropriate e-mail address.
- Blunder: Resume contains the personal pronoun “I.”
- Blunder: Resume contains inexplicable acronyms and industry-specific jargon.
- Blunder: Resume language is replete with “fluff,” flowery words, and “resume speak” instead of specifics.
- Blunder: Resume language is egotistical and self-congratulatory.
- Blunder: Content focuses on soft skills at the expense of hard data.
- Blunder: Span of work experience in a given job is listed with years only instead of with months and years or is listed inconsistently from job to job.
- Blunder: Not enough description of the scope of a given job is provided beyond the job’s title.
- Blunder: Jobs are omitted from the resume.
- Blunder: Disproportionate space or verbiage is devoted to older jobs.
- Blunder: The exact same verbiage is used to describe functions in different jobs.
- Blunder: Resume fails to list educational credentials.
- Blunder: Resume contains personal information.
- Blunder: Resume contains long lists of awards, trainings, and similar items.
- Blunder: Resume contains lies or misleading statements or misrepresentations.
- Blunder: Facts stated in one part of the resume are not supported elsewhere.
- Blunder: Resume items are listed in an order that doesn’t consider the reader’s interest.
- Blunder: Resume lacks links to social-media-profiles.
- Blunder: Resume contains non-parallel construction.
- Blunder: References are listed directly on your resume.
- Blunder: Resume contains content that should never be listed on a resume.
- Blunder: Resume contains negative information.
- Blunder: Resume verbs are weak.
Chapter 3: Flawed Formatting or Appearance
- Blunder: Resume has poor or inconsistent formatting, unclear layout.
- Blunder: Too many fonts appear in the resume.
- Blunder: Resume is too long.
- Blunder: Resume is one page, but too much is crammed onto the page, or formatting and appearance are sacrificed to fit content on the page.
- Blunder: Margins are too narrow or wide.
- Blunder: Resume buries important job-relevant skills at the bottom.
- Blunder: Resume is not bulleted.
- Blunder: Resume has too many bullet points.
- Blunder: Resume uses a cookie-cutter design based on an overused resume template.
- Blunder: Resume is cluttered.
Chapter 4: Flawed Strategy
- Blunder: Resume is in a functional format or otherwise lacks dates.
- Blunder: Resume file name is “Resume.doc” or “Resume.pdf.”
- Blunder: Resume is not accompanied by a cover letter or cover letter is not targeted to the open position.
Chapter 5: Your Resume is not ATS-ready
- Blunder: Resume lacks keywords.
- Blunder: Resume contains formatting that will prevent its being read by ATS.
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