Finding a new job can be a time consuming, daunting task, especially if you’re under 30. At this age, you’re probably looking for your second or third job, which puts you in the experienced-but-not-expert category. To highlight your skills, you’ll want to create an error-free resume and a cover letter that is tailored to each available job. You’ll spend hours perfecting these documents and it’s likely you’ll make a few simple mistakes that land your resume in the not-interested pile. To avoid being looked over, check out the top three common resume mistakes.
It’s not all about you
It’s true your resume should highlight your education, skills and experience, but that’s not all it should focus on. Research the company you’re applying to. Figure out its strengths, weaknesses and current problems. Now, alter your resume so it reflects the company’s needs. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing job and you come across an article about the company’s brand losing ground to its competitors, your resume should reflect the success you’ve had in elevating a company’s brand. In other words, do your homework. Go deeper than the job description and tailor your resume in a way that keeps a hiring manager interested.
Tell a story with bullet points
Your resume should read like a well-crafted story with bullet points. Your resume should be chronological, starting with your most recent and relevant job experience first. You’ll want to choose your words wisely. Each bullet point should be succinct, but should also give enough information to display your talents. Be sure to focus on your successes. In other words, don’t list a social media committee that you launched at your last job without including the actions taken as a result from of the committee. The more logical and concise your resume is, the better your chances.
Don’t underestimate the power of an online portfolio
In the Google-era, employers can check you out with a few clicks of a mouse. If you haven’t already, be sure to clean up your online presence. Even though your Facebook page is set to private, you should take down any unflattering pictures and scan your posts for anything that an employer could consider inappropriate. While your online life can do damage, it can also be beneficial. After you’ve cleaned up your profile page, consider creating an online portfolio and include the link to the site in your resume. A portfolio is a great way to showcase examples of your work. If an employer is interested in your resume, an online profile will offer more concrete examples of your experience and work ethic. There are quite a few easy-to-use website templates that can help you achieve a sophisticated website within a few hours. The most time consuming part is gathering the materials; posting the information is the easy part.
Remember, your resume is up against dozens, sometimes hundreds of applicants, and you need to do everything you can to make your resume stand out. Keep these three mistakes in mind when applying for your next job.
Lori Robinson is the senior journalist who writes for a leading car insurance comparison site Monkey. With the mantra savings that matter, Monkey goes the extra step in ensuring a reliable and honest insurance quote.
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