Avoid These Resume Mistakes

Your resume is the single most important document in any job search. What if you submit one resume after another resume and receive no call or results at all? Your resume may have the classic mistakes!

The biggest flaw for a resume is when it does not showcase a person’s accomplishments and contributions. Instead only modestly displays a job description of each position you have held.

Use these tips for a successful resume…

1. THINK BIGGER THAN YOUR ROUTINE TASKS

Whatever jobs you’ve held, think beyond the routine tasks of your position. If an interviewer is hiring for an assistant, they already know what an assistant does and doesn’t want to see a resume that says an applicant can type and answer a phone. Showcase what you do and how it serves the organization as a whole not every little task you have ever performed. If you’re in a sales position, consider how successful the person you are selling to is.

2. BE CRYSTAL CLEAR CONCERNING YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Focus on your accomplishments rather than your specific responsibilities will help your resume standout. It is a fact that Resumes are typically skimmed for a mere six to eight seconds so adding more than just routine tasks will help. Make sure you’re listing the companies you worked for, how long you were there and if you earned a promotion. Also, If your job title is long and overly vague, fix it up so that people immediately understand what you’ve done. A highly focused and accomplishment filled resume is the way to go!

3. THINK ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE – FROM THE EYES OF THE PERSON READING YOUR RESUME

Add information about how you’ve helped build the big picture for your previous employer. Do not give the impression that you just did your job and there’s nothing special about what you have accomplished. If you cannot add information about what they’ve done in terms of enhancing the position or the company, focus on what you have done avoiding the truly obvious. Find other opportunities in which you can contribute and grow to the company you are trying to work for.¬†You’ll enjoy a more rewarding career and a successful resume.

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