When people have been searching for a job for a long time, they are willing to try anything to make their resume stand out: red ink, unusual fonts, purple paper, clip art. Don’t do it. There are only a few things that will impress recruiters on a resume. Related: The Worst Resume Mistake You Can Make Recruiters and Human Resources departments are impressed with only three things:
Have you been sending your resume but not getting interviews? Chances are—it isn’t you. It’s your resume. See if you’re making any of these resume mistakes: Related: The Top 3 Resume Improvements Everyone Needs Now
Awhile back, a LinkedIn question asked about the ten most common (and least appreciated) resume clichés. Among the candidates were: results driven, detail oriented and team player. Related: Resume Mistakes: The 5 Worst Resume Sins When I write a resume, I’m less concerned with cliché words than cliché information. The words “team player” are perfectly fine to use - if your achievements and skills back them up. The examples in your resume should show what you’ve achieved as part of a team and should make you stand out from other candidates with similar claims. Compare these two descriptions using the cliché “strategic thinker”:
As a former hiring manager I tend to have a critical eye on resumes that pass through my line of sight. Because I’m so involved in this industry I see tons of resumes on a daily basis. Related: How To Show A Company Why You Want The Job Although job seekers tend to make many different kinds of them, there are the resume mistakes I see most often that tend to tarnish that five-second review you get from hiring managers. Disorganized Or Unattractive Resume Format You can preach all day about the keywords and content of a resume, but I stand by this as the most important principle in resume writing—you MUST have an attractive resume format if you want to be seriously considered. Messy, disorganized, unpolished resume formats say exactly that about the type of candidate you are—not to mention they are difficult to read. If you’re making it hard for the hiring manager to find the information he or she needs to consider you for employment, you just lost your shot at the job. Someone else will have taken the time to construct a strategically laid out resume that is polished, easy-to-read, and attractive to the eye. Don’t believe me? Think about print advertising. If it’s hard to read or looks messy you’re not going to waste your time reading the ad. But, if it’s eye-catching and professional looking you just might invest the time.