In my line of work I talk Resumes and Job Search tips like Starbucks Baristas talk lattes and drip coffees. It’s likely why I blog, write and offer advice on this topic so very often; that and the fact that I love it so much. I know, call me sick but it’s true.
This week alone I’ve seen more resumes than I care to remember and I see the same Resume Faux Paus over and over again. Viola! Inspiration for a new blog post – Top 8 Resume Faux Paus:
- Spelling Errors
Ahh, the #1 error remains on top year after year. Spell check only catches so much. Use your eyes – and a 2nd set of human eyes – to catch spelling, and grammar, errors.
- Story City
Bullet points were created for a reason people. Use them, please. Creating a story on your resume is a terrible idea and will get it one place – the garbage.
I don’t know who came up with this idea in the first place but I wish I did. Please never put a photo of any kind (especially not bare body parts – yes, I’ve seen legs, feet and much more) on your resume. Never.
- Crazy Contact Info
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com – all so cute and none belong on a resume. Have a professional email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your resume and job search.
- Defunct Details
Ensure all contact information is relevant, and working, on your resume. It’s surprising how many times contact information is inaccurate or phone numbers don’t work.
- Irrelevant Info
If you’re a Marketing Executive now and you were a waiter in college 10 years ago, it’s time to leave it off your resume. Include only relevant information to your profession and professional life on your resume.
- Too Personalized
Coaching your kid’s little league team or volunteering at your church picnic is nice – but not on your resume. It’s too much information, too personal and gives away illegal information about you (parental status, religious affiliation) that can be used for discrimination.
- References Required
Include a statement that lets an employer know you’ll furnish, or provide, references upon request.
If you’re thinking that you are the only one who has one of these 8 Resume Faux Paus on your resume, you are not. 85% of the resumes I review have at least half of these 8 Resume Faux Paus and that includes professionals up to Senior Vice Presidents and “C” level officers. The best advice I have is to avoid these 8 Resume Faux Paus and put your best foot forward in today’s crowded market.
Go get ’em,