As a rule, resumes are divided into two categories: good and very bad. If you are unsure about which category to divide into categories, we have questions to help you check if your resume is working 100%.
Each of us has drawn up a resume at some point in our lives. And after it was ready, there was anxiety: “Did I compose it correctly?”, “Didn’t I miss anything?”.
We invite you to evaluate your resume on these 5 points to identify weaknesses and eliminate them. Let’s go?
Is your resume breaking some ground rules?
A recent study among employers and HR professionals found the 10 worst resume mistakes:
- Grammar errors and typos.
- Incorrect or missing contact information.
- Use of non-professional e-mail addresses.
- Outdated or irrelevant information.
- Failure to demonstrate or describe work results.
- Annoying words that everyone is talking about, or intentionally inserted keywords to improve search results.
- Creating a too general resume, without taking into account the peculiarity of a particular vacancy.
- Use of words or phrases that are repeated across multiple resumes.
- Adding an inappropriate photo.
- Fancy formatting or design when out of place, from fancy fonts to infographics.
It’s worth making sure your resume doesn’t have such blunders before moving on.
Have you prepared all the information you need?
Recheck the basics. Using elements that are universal and suitable for any field, which should be in the resume:
Use generic, industry-specific elements that every resume should have:
- Contact information
- Work experience
- Professional Skills
- Additional information
This will help you reconcile your resume step by step.
Are you applying for jobs that best match your skills and experience?
It’s worth looking for the job you want, not the one you have now. This statement is correct. But when applying for jobs that require 10 years of experience, keep in mind that a resume that only lists 4 years of relevant experience is a surefire way to get turned down.
This rule works in the opposite direction. If you have more experience than is required for this job, then most likely you will ask for a salary higher than the employer is willing to pay. Finding your balance between being overly ambitious and overly experienced is a matter of patience and persistence.
Are you suitable for this or that field?
Despite the fact that many professions and fields have similar basic requirements for candidates, many employers still require experience and in-depth knowledge of their subject in order to seriously consider a candidate. A career change is certainly possible if you have the necessary skills and knowledge. But if time is running out and work is needed as soon as possible, then focus on the areas you are most familiar with.
Are you getting interviews / invitations?
The resume black hole is not a myth. It happens that you send dozens of responses and, alas, you don’t get a single response. On the other hand, if your resume is submitted on time, with a compelling cover letter, it should get some kind of reaction.