Does your resume do a good job selling your skills? Writing a great resume does not necessarily mean you should follow the rules you hear through the grapevine. Your resume is a one-of-a-kind marketing communication. It should be appropriate to your situation and do exactly what you want it to do. Your resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. There are also resume mistakes to avoid and Toni Bowers’ article explains just that.
10 resume mistakes to avoid
Takeaway: The goal of a resume is to let a potential employer know why you’re the best person for the job. Here are 10 practices that impede that goal.
1. Your focus is wrong
This may be one of the most difficult concepts for job hunters to grasp, but your resume is not something you create for yourself. You create it, format it, and organize it so that it’s easy for a hiring manager to gauge your fit with the job he or she is offering. It’s important to tailor your resume to each job you apply to. I promise you, no hiring manager is going to study your resume for specifics that would apply to the job at hand. Your resume has to make them obvious.
For example, if you’re applying for a project manager position, highlight any experience and accomplishments that show your expertise in project management, even if you have to switch to a functional resume format to do it. While the bulk of your work experience may be in tech support, it’s really not applicable to the job at hand, so don’t concentrate on the day-to-day minutiae. Concentrate instead on those instances where you demonstrated leadership, ingenuity, and organizational skills.