Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the September 12, 2005 issue of QuintZine.
The national poll includes responses from 150 senior executives — including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments — with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by specialized staffing service Accountemps.
Executives were asked, “In your opinion, which of the following is the single most common mistake job seekers make on their resumes?” Their responses:
- Typos or grammatical errors: 34 percent
- Including too much information: 22 percent
- Not listing achievements in former roles: 17 percent
- Poor layout and/or design: 17 percent
- Including too little information: 7 percent
- Other/don’t know: 3 percent
Accountemps Chairman Max Messmer, who writes Resumania, a weekly column for Scripps Howard News Service, offers the following suggestions for creating a winning resume:
- Tailor your resume to each opportunity. A one-size-fits-all approach tells employers you have not taken the time to research their company.
- Move from general to specific. Organize information in each section by beginning with a broader statement and following it with more detailed ones.
- Keep it short. Resumes require brief statements that do not have to be complete sentences. Use bullet points to emphasize important details.
- Avoid including personal information. What you cite should directly pertain to the opportunity and your career.
- Proofread your resume several times. Ask others to do so as well.
- Leave off references. Today’s hiring managers assume you will provide these contacts. Remember to give your references a copy of your resume and advance notice that they may be called.
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