you can't send that!!! the biggest resume mistakes, that even executives make (from a professional resume writer)
Most people who contact us already have a resume of some description. It might be one they've had hidden away in the filing cabinet because they haven't needed it for years, or it might be one they've been using and only recently considered that it might be what's stopping them from getting to the next stage of their career. Reviewing resumes on a daily basis gives us a good understanding of the basic elements that make up a good resume, and lets us quickly 'diagnose' problems that could be hindering your job search. Here are some of the stand-out mistakes that we see people use in their resumes.
1. Resumes that are too long.
We know you've accomplished a lot in your career to date. You're absolutely right that these should be demonstrated to prospective employers. The key is to maximise your achievements and omit information that doesn't 'sell' you. Employers simply won't read a lengthy novel of your career history, they generally prefer a resume that is succinct and easily understood.
2. Resumes that aren't targeted to the job you're applying for.
Most people have had more than one job in their lifetime (in fact, the average person has a total of 7 career changes in their lifetime these days!). But listing every job you've had since school is a mistake - unless you can find a way to identify the transferable skills within those roles and how they relate to the job you want now.
3. Resumes that use old, dated fonts or layouts.
A resume should feel 'fresh' and current. An employer should pick up the document and feel as if the candidate is able to be flexible and adaptable. A resume often provides an applicant with their first opportunity to demonstrate these qualities. A contemporary resume format is the first step towards this goal.
Are you making any of these resume mistakes? Don't forget you can send through your resume for a free 'health check' and we'll provide advice and recommendations to bring your resume up to the standard that employers expect.