Everything wrong with your resume explained in 5 minutes or less
First thing first, get your resume right now in front of you before we start with this drill.
Most of us who know our self very well will believe in writing our own resume and review it. This could be the point, where things may go wrong at the first place.
Ever imagined, why you are not getting considered for that job where you actually fit in? Does your resume say a different story about you? We have everything wrong with your resume explained in 5 minutes or less.
1. Why write an Objective for the resume every time. If you applied, it’s already obvious you want the job unless and until you are a person having a specific goal to reach in the company hierarchy and that is more like your true dream.
2. Your work experience as a waiter/shop-keeper. Yes, if you are in the same field or career line. No, If you are an engineer or architect or anything at all. People justify this by saying working in different sectors will give you good exposure and help you with transferable skills. You can mention this point in the interview if necessarily questioned to prove your skills. If you are persistent, include this experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you’re applying for.
3. Don’t include your marital status, religious preference, or social security number. I don’t need to give an explanation here. Why? This might have been the standard in the past, but all of this information is now illegal for your employer to ask you, so there’s no need to include it.
4. You play a guitar? Nobody cares about your hobbies and interests. If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time.
5. Fancy Font / size and multi-color resume. Don’t make it a Kindergarten drawing. Throwing colours on the face of your employees. It’s recommended to use lots of white space and no more than a .8 margin. Don’t use Times New Roman and Serif fonts, as they’re outdated and old-fashioned. Use standard sans-serif font like Arial for better output. (just a recommendation)
6. Your resume shouldn’t include the words “I,” “me,” “she,” or “my”. Don’t write your resume in the third or first person. It’s understood that everything on your resume is about you and your experiences.Never describe past work experience using the present tense.
8. Adding your Social media links can be dangerous as well as annoying anyways you should list relevant URLs, such as your LinkedIn page or any others that are professional and directly relate to the position you are trying to apply.
9. Once you’re out of school, your grades aren’t so relevant. If you’re a new college graduate and your GPA was a 3.7 or higher — it’s OK to leave it. But, if you’re more than three years out of school, or if your GPA was lower than a 3.7, ditch it.
10. Don’t try to sell yourself by using all sorts of subjective words to describe yourself. It’s very funny to read someone having a low GPA and boasting about self motivation and hardworking attributes to a reason why?
Your resume is the trailer of a big picture you are likely to contribute to the organisation. Make them feel the same. Open Microsoft Word now and start polishing that resume. All the best.