There are thousands of people that simply do not get called for an interview, even if they believe that their resume shows a lot of qualification. This can happen even to the best candidates due to the fact that it is normal to make mistakes. However, it’s something that you can’t afford when making your resume. Our recommendation is to take a look below to learn the biggest errors that are made and to avoid them.
These mistakes are rarely noticed. You have to proofread the CV very carefully and never count on automatic spell checkers. Some people simply use Microsoft Office and they do not double check. Keep in mind that every single automated spell checker can make mistakes and you never want a mistake in your resume.
Wrong or Missing Contact Information
Your contact info has to be double checked. This is especially true when you recently updated it. How can an employer get in touch with you if this error is in the CV? You can miss out on a lot of job opportunities if you’ve included outdated contact information. Also, if no contact information is added, the employer will never go the extra length to get in touch with you.
Lack of Information
Whenever you list your job duties or job experience on the CV, you have to include information about what was accomplished while working there. For instance, if you worked in marketing, you might want to include revenue statistics, policy descriptions that were implemented by you or sales statistics. These information are important as it shows the employer that you actually did something where you were hired.
Missing Employment Dates
There are many that will not include employment dates in the resume. You should never be one of them. Make sure that you added both months and years for every single job that is relevant. The employer needs the information so that he/she can see experience level. In most cases the final choice boils down to experience and if you do not show that you have it, you might not be considered for the job.
Too Much Information Added
We already talked about the fact that lack of information is bad but so is adding too much information to your resume. There are so many cases in which people come with a CV as thick as a notebook in order to show that they are qualified but they are actually hurting their chances of landing the job.
You have to make sure that you only include information that is relevant for the job. For instance, if you worked 1 year as a sales person at McDonalds during high school but you are looking for a teaching job now, you can safely leave that experience out. Also, look at what the employer asks. There are many that will want you to submit a one-page resume. Do that and only include the most relevant experiences.
Avoid these mistakes and be patient when you create your resume. By doing this you can drastically increase your chances of being hired.