It's often said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Assuming you submitted a cover letter, your résumé is your chance to make a second impression, which means it needs be perfect or it could cost you the job. If your aim is to create an impressive resume to sell yourself, you must ensure you don't slip up on the little stuff. Find out which "little" résumé mistakes to avoid.
- Don't Share TMI! Brevity Is Key: Don't overshare. Explain in concise and persuasive sentences why you are the right person for the job. The hiring manager doesn't want to know about your high school internship, details of a job you had 10 years ago, or that you like to leave the office at four to pick up your kids. Use your resume to share the important details and prove they should meet you.
- Name the File Your Name - Not "Jessica Simpson New Resume": It might sound nitpicky, but hiring managers prefer when attached resumes are labeled with the applicant's name. Instead of saving and sending a file labeled "resume," give your resume a file name that has your name on it. This small move simplifies the process for hiring managers who are dealing with a slew of applications.
- Make Sure Your Email Address Is Professional, Not Saucy or Juvenile: No matter what career you are trying to enter, having an email address that contains your first name, last name, or a combination of the two is important in employers' eyes. You might think they are so taken with your impressive resume that a tiny detail like an email address doesn't make a difference, but it does.
- Spelling Mistakes and Typos Will Not Be Tolerated: Misspelled words on a résumé could mean the difference between getting an interview or not. As CareerBuilder so eloquently states, "The difference between the word shift and a common curse word is only one letter." Do yourself a favor and recheck the spelling of every word after you've run spell-check; if you still don't get an interview, at least you'll know it wasn't because of some silly mistake.
- Avoid a "Me! Me! Me!" Mentality: We spend so many years writing in complete sentences, it seems awkward that your résumé is full of phrases that don't contain a subject. That's because the subject is implicitly spoken for. Your name at the top of your résumé is enough to let an employer know who the following information refers to. So take out any I's and me's and let the person doing the hiring focus on what's important - why you're the best person for the job.
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