Resume Mistakes

I have conducted over 600 hiring interviews and seen an untold number of resumes, applications and cover letters. I'm just one voice but here are things I've seen that probably will negatively impact your getting that job interview.

Having inaccurate information on your resume.

Whether you are actually delivering resumes to employers or bringing a printed resume to the job interview or have your resume posted online make sure all the information on your resume is up to date and accurate.

There is no greater time waster than phoning or emailing a perspective candidate and finding that the phone number on the resume is incorrect, or disconnected or the person does not live at that number anymore or the email you send bounces back.

Keep every resume that has your contact information on it up to date. This includes resumes on employment websites, your LinkedIn profile and your personal websites.

Crossing out phone numbers, address etc. on your resume and hand writing new information in with pen or pencil.

Using "old" resumes and writing in the new information looks unprofessional and may also lead to questions about how serious you were about the job you are applying for.

Not tailoring your resume to the job or employer you are applying for.

If you are pounding the pavement and dropping off resumes it makes it appear that you are using the same resume everywhere and not really tailoring your resume to a specific job the employer may have.

I've received cover letters stating that the job seeker is interested in a career at ABC Company. The problem was I was working as a Manager at XYZ Company. Needless to say that candidate did not get a call.

The same goes for a resume. If you are applying for a specific job don't say your objective is to obtain a position as a Pharmicist when the job is for a Tailor. Extreme example, but it does happen.

It indicates that you are probably using the same resume and/or cover letter over and over again which may not give a prospective employer a good impression of you.

Attachments and Email Addresses

The same goes for names for resumes sent as attachments. Don't call your resume BobsBurgerHouse.txt when you are applying for a job at Fred's Pancake House.

The email adress devillover64@whereveremailserver.com might seem cool to you but it probably should not be on your resume or be the address you sent your resume from.

Voice Mail

This one is not a resume mistake but it ties into contacting potential candidates. I made a phone call to someone who I wanted to interview and got there voicemail message which went something like - (Heavy metal music playing prominently in the background) "Thanks for calling Satan's dungeon .... ".

I remember the time I contacted a job seeker and got their cellphone voice mail message which was obviously created while the potential candidate was at a rowdy party. Slurring your words and yelling doesn't really give someone who calls a good impression of how you will do in a business setting.

Needless to say I didn't bring in either person for a job interview.

People who know me know that I like to have fun and have a great sense of humour. I am not against people having a good time or indulging in some adult beverages.

The point is that there are many potential candidates applying for many of the jobs you are applying for and first impressions are so important.

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