We have a saying at Glover Staffing Solutions, “No one ever hired a resume, employers hire people!” But truth be told, you will not get an interview without a well thought out, well-constructed resume. The first impression a prospective employer has of you is through your resume, and everyone knows that first impressions count. We have seen many candidates through the years with great credentials not get interviews due to their resumes. Below are the six common mistakes we see candidates make that can ultimately lead to them not getting an interview they want.
- Speling erorrs (just kidding). This one is in excusable. It amazes us that with spell check how anyone could have any misspellings on their resume. In my opinion having misspelled words on your resume is a simple case of sloppiness and being in a hurry. Remember as I mentioned before, you have only one chance to impress an employer. Don’t make this easily correctable cardinal sin.
- Objective. Having an objective on your resume is a good thing, but you must be careful that your objective is not so specific that you make get knocked out of the running for jobs. When you have an objective on your resume either tailor it specifically for the jobs you are applying for, or make it generic enough that it applies to any position you are interested in pursuing. Whichever direction you go, make sure your objective is direct and to the point.
- Flow. The best resumes start with most recent experience, and work backwards. Most employers do quick glances at a person’s resume, and they formulate their decision as to whether or not they get an interview very quickly. They do not want to read “War and Peace”. Remember, resumes are advertisements of your skills and accomplishments designed for mass marketing purposes. Do not make your resume confusing to read and follow. Make sure the info is correct AND please pay attention to the dates on your resume. They need to make sense, and be accurate.
- Separate yourself from the pack. Employers like resumes that list accomplishments and achievements. When you include things that you done or do, always add results. Don’t go overboard, but definitely sell yourself. Remember to take the “features and benefits approach” on your resume.
- Length. Employers have told us that a good resume should never exceed 2 pages. If you are entry level, fresh out of college it should be more than a page. Employers like resume that are to the point. As we have said above, say enough to get their attention. Employers generally know after a few moments if they are interested in the candidate, going overboard on the length is a big turnoff.
- Proof read! Never submit a resume that you have not proof read, and if you have read it make sure you have someone else get their eyes on it. Once you have read it, re read it, and once you have done that, put it away for a few hours and reread it.
Remember, a resume will never get you the job you want, but it will definitely either get you in the door or have you on the outside looking in. There is much advice out there on resumes, the six common mistakes listed above are the problems we hear most from employers. If we can help you please feel free to contact, or visit the blog and videos on our website. Happy hunting!