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Common Résumé Mistakes
Using a general résumé.
DON'T DO IT! You cannot successfully use the same résumé to apply to several different jobs.
Your résumé should be custom written for each job you are targeting. When you send out something generic, it shows apathy and lack of motivation. This is NOT the impression you want to send to your potential employers.
For example, if you are applying for an accounting position, don't list your lifeguard position you held back in 1989.
Spouses, children, hobbies, and your favorite movie genre are also irrelevant tidbits that should remain private.
Even if your choice looks easy to read on your screen, it may not be on someone else's screen.
For example, if I use Arial, Verdana, or Times New Roman, anyone with MS Word can view these fonts. If I were to use my cool Futurama Alien Font, most likely it would look all jumbled up on someone else's system.
"References Available Upon Request"
This statement is unnecessary. An employer assumes that if you are job searching that you have professional references readily available.
Your résumé needs a clear goal, but the traditional objective statement is outdated. Hiring managers don't care that you want a "challenging position utilizing my experience and creativity..."
Everyone knows the objective is to get the interview. Instead, try using a headline followed by a compelling summary of your relevant skills. This is a better way to present what you have to offer your potential employer.
Using a résumé to replace a job application.
A résumé is not a job application. The reason for leaving your last job, previous supervisors' names, and rate of pay don't belong on your résumé. This is information can hurt you more than help you, so leave it off of your résumé.
Jennifer Anthony is the owner of ResumeASAP, offering professional and affordable résumé writing services.
If you have comments about this article, or if you are interested in learning more about professional résumé writing, please contact Jennifer Anthony by e-mail or by calling 1-888-722-5211.
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