There are a number of tips, do’s & don’ts when it comes to compiling a resume. However there are also tiny bits about a resume that candidates often overlook. These ‘tiny bits’ can cost you your next career opportunity. We have list 5 areas in the resumes that most candidates tend to overlook or fail to realize the damage these errors could lead too.
Here’s our list of the most common faux-pas we have seen in candidate resumes
Proof Read your Cover Letter and Resume before you hit the send button: We very often forget to proofread and spell-check – and check again! A spelling error or grammatical mistake on a resume or cover letter portrays a negative impression. It portrays carelessness, absence of eye for detail, inattentiveness etc. It is always advisable to read the resume twice before mailing it to someone.
Avoid mentioning embarrassing email addresses:Most candidates use email address that were created when they were 16 years old and still prefer using the same email address. Well there’s nothing wrong with it however sometimes these email addresses are embarrassing as they have some funny adjectives that go along with it and as senior professionals you wouldn’t have to be embarrassed because of a juvenile email address. It’s advisable to create a separate email address for professional use only.
Not including your digital footprint on your resume:Networking sites like LinkedIN are considered digital resumes. Just like candidates Google the company or the interviewer before an interview; Interviewers also Google candidates before meeting them, hence it’s good to add a link to your LinkedIn profile to help you interviewer find you easily. Also a number of professionals use these LinkedIN Pulse or blogs to network, build themselves an online brand as an industry exert. It’s a great practice to include the links to your social networking accounts like LinkedIN and Twitter as well as your blog on your resume. It gives the interviewer a glimpse into your professional network, your industry knowledge and expertise through your post and blogs. If you are one of those candidates who has a fantastic professional presence on social networking sites or has a blog; including the links on your resume is a must.
Not updating your resume regularly:Most professionals look at their resumes only when they actively start looking for a job or if they are headhunted and hence are keen on exploring the opportunity. The fact is that every time there is a change in your job profile you must update your resume immediately. It could be anything, change on responsibilities, job title, change in contact details in case of phone number etc. Very often professionals send out their resumes in a hurry and miss out on crucial details that could have been avoided.
Make it machine-readable:Today recruitment is going digital and so is job search. It’s all about using the right keywords that enables a cv to found through automation or manual online searches. While you are updating or creating a resume make sure you are using all the right keywords that are associated with your industry/niche, the role you are applying for etc
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