Common Resume Blunders

My 100th Blog Entry

I have come across many many articles on the subject of effective resumes. This article that I found on Monster today, is probably one of the better artciles around – Common Resume Blunders.  
  1. Too Focused on Job Duties Instead focus on how you made a difference & highlight the achievements. 
  2. Too Short or Too Long Ask yourself “Will this statement help me land an interview?” Every word should sell you, so include only the information that elicits a “yes.” 
  3. Using Personal Pronouns and Articles – no mentions of “I” or “me”. 
  4. Not Including a Summary Section That Makes an Initial Hard Sell – The summary should demonstrate the skill level and experiences directly related to the position being sought.
  5. Not Including Keywords – With so many companies using technology to store resumes, the only hope a job seeker has of being found is to sprinkle relevant keywords throughout the resume. Determine keywords by reading job descriptions that interest you, and include the words you see repeatedly in your resume.
  6. Typos – This document is a reflection of you and should be perfect.