You want your resume to boast your proudest accomplishments, to highlight your professional experience, to emphasize your expensive education and there are PLENTY of ways to do that. There are services, articles and books designed solely to helping you use that white space to get you your dream job. However, many people have rogue resumes that are telling stories that would embarrass them. Do you know if your resume is saying something that you don’t want it to?
- “I care so little about this potential opportunity that I sent a resume that hasn’t been updated in 5 years.” Resumes that are emailed/uploaded with the file name “Jane Doe 1999” tell a potential employer that you have either not updated it or that you are careless.
- “I am so important that my potential employer should have to stalk me in order to get my contact information.” Resumes that are not titled “First.Last” make it more difficult for an employer to save/access and share your credentials. Even worse is not including ALL of your applicable contact information including full name, email address and the best contact phone number.
- “My computer is so outdated (and probably my technical acumen) that I wrote this resume in a font that hasn’t existed in the last 5 iterations of Word.” Resumes should always be saved and sent as a PDF file. Otherwise, any subtle differences between the program where you created your resume and where the employer opens it are painfully obvious.
- “I have ego issues.” I….I… Me…Me…My…My….. It’s your resume. It’s titled “Your.Name”. No need for additional emphasis or pronouns.
- “Since my last position ended, I haven’t accomplished anything.” You’ve been doing something for the last 6 years, haven’t you? Non-Profit? Church Secretary? Raising children? It’s important that your resume tell the story of how you have been filling your time.
- “Some of the skills I am most proud of could be performed by a trained monkey.” You really can answer phones? Did you receive special training to be “always on time”? Are you the only person who can retrieve the mail?
- “I sent this exact resume to 50 other potential employers. I am desperate.” Your resume says “To obtain a position as a Marketing Assistant.” Problem is— You sent this resume for a Human Resource Generalist position.
- “I’m lazy. I didn’t even proofread my own resume.” You misspelled the name of your last employer…. Or you misspelled “convenience” or “environment”? Get it?
- “I’m smarter than you.” Avoid using jargon that not everyone understands? Should I have heard of GPns ed.1.v.2?
- “I lie.” You will always get busted. It’s unnecessary. It’s obvious. Omission and exaggeration are also lies.
Make sure that your resume tells the BEST story about you! You are a great, talented, qualified and deserving candidate. Another 1000 people are also. Don’t let a small mistake make a big impact on finding your dream job.