Because your resume is such an important tool in getting you an interview it is vital that you don’t make any mistakes and blow you best shot.
Here is a list of key things not to do when writing your resume:
- Use "I" or pronouns that identify yourself.
- Include personal information, such as your date of birth, height, religion, etc.
- Include any salary details.
- Explain reasons for leaving your previous job.
- Provide outdated and/or irrelevant information.
- Order information illogically.
- Forget to check for typing, spelling or grammatical mistakes.
- Forget to provide the specifics of what you have done and what you have achieved.
- Send the same resume for multiple job ads – your resume must match the role and the organisation.
- Identify just your duties in previous roles. Employers are interested in accomplishments and achievements (not job descriptions).
- Go on too long or be too brief.
- Include vague objectives that are just about you. Objectives must have a benefit for the organisation.
- Leave out important information (work performed while studying can demonstrate good life experience and skills particularly if you are relatively new to the workforce).
- Make it look too fussy (simple is best).
- Include the wrong contact information.
- Forget to check it again and again even if it means showing it to someone else