It is impossible to know what factors influence people’s decisions in their lives. Did you pick one college because you liked the school colors? Did you buy the house because it had a larger kitchen? Did the attractive woman at the bar refuse to give you the time-of-day because you were not tall enough?
There are many factors that can influence what is selected and what is rejected.
This is also true for job searches! Are you tired of sending out your resume dozens of times and not getting any response from employers?
Consider that employers might not even be interested in your resume if you have small problems. These are the top five most dangerous resume errors that could be preventing you from landing your next job.
Although it is a small thing, mistakes in spelling or grammar can make a resume a turnoff. Employers can’t assume that you will be professional and accurate if your resume isn’t professional and accurate. Even tiny errors you may have overlooked could prove to be very obvious when an employer sees them. Spell check your resume. It is even more important to have multiple people, such as family members, friends, and so on. It is important to read the document multiple times and make sure you are looking for errors.
2) Too generic
Many people create a resume once and think that they can then send it to every job opportunity they find. This is a huge mistake. Every job advertisement is unique. Every job posting has its own requirements. Your resume should be updated to include the key points required by each job posting. You might highlight one thing on one resume and another on the other. Employers who think your resume is too generic to be used for any job, from CEO to fry cook, will find it a sign that you don’t care about the opening enough to do your research.
3) Too Many Descriptions, Not Enough Accomplishments
Resumes are not just about listing jobs. A resume that is well-written should highlight tangible and quantifiable achievements. Employers want to see that you are qualified for the job and can also show results. A resume that only lists job titles and lacks accomplishments will be rejected. Instead, a resume with tangible accomplishments like “Increased sales by X%” or managing a department budget of $XXmillion each year will get you hired.
4) A Silly Email Address
If your contact email address is “[email protected]”, this could be enough to make an employer think twice. Your resume should have a professional or at the very least, generic email address.
5) All Lies
Many people believe they can lie on their resumes because it’s easier than getting caught. You might get away with it nine out of ten times, but employers will not give you a second glance if they see something on your resume they think might be questionable. Even white lies are not worth the effort.