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Top resume mistakes
by Jay Gutman
2014-12-11 12:28:38
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I have served on the hiring committees of several institutions and have reviewed thousands of resumes, and there are patterns in the mistakes people make when they send resumes. Here’s an article that will hopefully help you get to the interview stage.

Here are the mistakes in the order of frequency I tend to see them.

DON’T send the same resume to every company and job you apply to. Often institutions will have two or three job openings and will receive the same resumes from the same applicants for different positions. When sending the same resume for different positions shows that you haven’t done enough research on the position.

DON’T send a resume over two pages long. I’ve had people apply with dozens of awards, which is great but most of the awards were in artistic categories completely irrelevant to the administrative assistant position we were advertising. Others write all their accomplishments in journalism, art or sports when we’re looking for a salesman or an engineering position. You can add a line saying you won multiple awards in your field, but don’t bother listing them all unless they’re relevant.

DON’T add irrelevant jobs. If you’ve had 5 teaching jobs and want to switch to an accountant position, simply state that you taught at 5 different schools for any number of years. If you’ve had unrelated internships or part-time jobs, just state “numerous internships” or “numerous part-time jobs”.

DON’T add excessive job descriptions. Recruiters can tell what you were doing just by seeing your title or position. We all know what engineers do, what accountants do, what salesmen do, what bankers to and so on.

DON’T add too much text. Because recruiters don’t have time to read those. Just list the job, start date, finish date and position, no extra information needed. Skip the summary we all like to put at the beginning.  

DON’T add statistics in the resume. Many recruiters say you should but I personally think you should save those for the cover letter. Plus I find it hard to believe that any single person would single-handedly contribute to a 60% increase in sales at a company.

DON’T add irrelevant certifications. If you’ve got many of those just write a line saying you’ve got any number of certifications, without listing every single one. Only add those that are relevant.

DO add information on the city where you worked. Often resumes list jobs and education information without stating what country or city those took place in.

DO add the names and phone numbers of a few referees, 3 if possible, CEOs if possible, otherwise your direct supervisor. Most companies tend to call referees to get information on applicants and what they’re like when they work. A lot of referees provide valuable information on applicants such as their working habits, their personality and their overall abilities. Most referees say good things, though they can be very honest about applicants and can come up with specific anecdotes. Talk to your referees before giving their names and phone numbers.

DON’T mention your hobbies or other personal information. We all like to cook and exercise. But most recruiters don’t need that information.

DON’T lie or exaggerate about your background. If you get the job, some companies will ask you to provide certificates of employment and original copies of your degrees, and will sometimes ask for those to be notarized. So make sure you say all the truth and nothing but the truth.

And the most important one:

DON’T send your resume if you’re underqualified or overqualified. If you have no experience, a lot of jobs will be targeted to young people with no experience, those are called entry-level positions. If you have too much experience but apply for an entry-level position, a lot of recruiters think you’ll be bored at the job because it will often be too easy, and you’ll complain about the low pay.

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