Your resume is often the first impression you make when you are applying for a job. It is the first thing recruiters will look at. Recruiters will use your resume to make a first selection, and they often make that selection within just 7 seconds of looking at a resume. Needless to say that your resume is important. Avoid these 6 resume writing mistakes that will ruin your first impression!
1. Lying on your Resume
When there is a lot of competition in your industry, it is tempting to bend the truth to make your resume look better and improve your chances. This is like skating on thin ice, it is not worth the risk. It cannot only ruin your chances for the job you are applying to, but maybe even other jobs you would like to apply to in the future. Recruiter regularly do reference checks and background checks on the information on your resume. Even if you get through to the interview, recruiters have specific questions to check you on lying.
A resume with a messy lay-out and full of spelling mistakes will ruin your first impression. Recruiters and hiring managers expect you to take a job application serious and to present yourself the best you can. Small mistakes on your resume gives them the impression that you are sloppy or that don’t really care about the job application.
Although you should not be modest about your achievements on your resume, boasting and exaggerating is a big turn off for recruiters a well. Don’t inflate your achievements and responsibilities. Don’t take sole credit for achievements that were actually a team effort. Boasting and lying are closely related. Recruiters will check and test the information you give them. If you exaggerate your achievements too much they will consider it lying.
Talking bad about former employers is an absolute no go, it will only make you look bad! Even when you were mistreated or the situation was not your fault, you should not bad-mouth former employers or co-workers. When writing your Resume or in a job interview don’t make the mistake to talk negatively. It will give a recruiter or hiring the impression that you are a potential problem employee.
5. Not to the point
Recruiters and hiring managers want to be able to scan your resume within a few second. They often have to go through dozens of resumes and they want to make a quick first selection. Writing lengthy paragraphs of text on your resume will make it hard for recruiters to pick out the information that is necessary for that first selection. Keep the text on your resume short, use bullet points when summing up your tasks and responsibilities. Minimize the information that is not directly relevant for the job you are applying for.
Unfortunately your resume is not a one-size-fits-all documents. You have to adjust your resume for every job application. Job advertisements are a good source of questions that you have to answer in your resume. Recruiters and hiring managers can spot a generic resume directly because it does not answer to the all questions and requirements that were stated in the job advertisement.