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Things which spoil your resume

Ask any recruiter how much time he spends scanning a resume, the answer you get is always in terms of number of seconds. Yes, in seconds, not minutes. A recruiter receives and reviews hundreds of resumes every day and doesn’t have the time or inclination to spend more than a few seconds on our resume.

Given that we have only a few seconds to make a lasting impact, we would want to create a really compelling artifact. In an attempt to create a compelling profile, we all tend to make some mistakes.

A lot has been written and published on this topic already. If you search with the phrase “resume faux pas” or “common mistakes in resumes”, you will get a number of columns with amazingly useful tips. Here are the most commonly cited things that most of these articles written by career coaches or HR/business leaders would ask you to avoid:

• Typos/ errors of any kind – grammatical, spelling, formatting
• False/falsified information
• Verbosity
• Sharing too much of information
• Non-professional fonts, ineligible fonts

While these are absolute no-no’s for me, here are a few other missteps I wish candidates avoided:

SCENARIO 1
Common gaffes –
Including generic, lengthy descriptions of your responsibilities, and even repeating similar responsibilities across organisations

What it tells me about you –

You are either not proud of your past experience, or are too lazy to share specifics. Job descriptions should have generic information, not resumes!

What you could do instead –

Focus on the impact you have created – how many dollars have you saved, how much of repeat business you have been able to generate, what standards of quality you have driven

SCENARIO 2
Common gaffes –
Including logos of your current/previous employers; client names while describing projects

What it tells me about you –

You do not know how to handle confidential information

What you could do instead –

Do not ever include company logos on resumes. A logo is copyrighted information and including them on resumes is not legal. Similarly do not disclose client names, use powerful descriptions instead. Something like this – “A multi-billion dollar construction equipment manufacturer”

SCENARIO 3
Common gaffes –
Not highlighting dates clearly

What it tells me about you –

You are probably trying to hide gaps in your employment or education

What you could do instead –

Dates should be highlighted next to your role in each company, and also each category of educational qualifications

SCENARIO 4
Common gaffes –
Including hobbies like Watching Movies, Listening to Music

What it tells me about you –
You are lazy and don’t have hobbies where you play an active role. Most human beings listen to music and watch movies, there is nothing special about you

What you could do instead – 

If you are not actively pursuing any hobbies, it is ok not to mention any

These might seem obvious or insignificant but when you want to be the chosen one amongst hundreds, if not thousands, then avoid these errors and create positive impressions with your resumes. Good luck creating great resumes and building great careers!

 

Source From:http://content.timesjobs.com/5-things-not-resume/