Real-Life Resume Blunders to Avoid
In a Robert Half survey, 84 percent of executives polled said it takes just one or two typographical errors in a resume to remove a candidate from consideration for a job opening. Hiring managers view your resume as an indication of your attention to detail, and a mistake will convince potential employers you lack it. So, after running your computer's spell-check function, ask a friend to review your application materials.
Hiring managers often have dozens of resumes to review and appreciate being able to scan them quickly. If you include unnecessary information -- such as your hobbies, marital status or personal trivia -- potential employers may simply bypass your application. Omit details that don't directly demonstrate how you can benefit the employer, and tailor each document to the specific company and position.
Remember that you're writing a professional document to be read by a prospective employer, not dashing off a quick email or text message to a friend. Hiring managers will use your resume to gauge your level of professionalism, so steer clear of informal language, unconventional acronyms and emoticons.
Before you hit the send button, check to make sure you've attached the
correct document. For example, one candidate sent an e-mail addressed
to a competing firm. Another applicant submitted a fact sheet about California's
population instead of his resume. Also check the labels you give the
documents. Files with generic or informal names can get lost on a hiring
manager's hard drive or cause a prospective employer to doubt your professionalism.
Using your full name as a label is much better than "Oh Boy.doc" or "Hey there.doc" --
both real examples, by the way.
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