With today’s tight job market and positions for college graduates the lowest in 20 years, differentiating you from others applying for the same position will be critical. Writing an exceptional resume will differentiate you from others. Your resume is the greatest major asset in your career management inventory and job search. Its job is to provide the evidence that you are a candidate that should be seen. However, many fresh graduates are making mistakes when writing their resumes. Don’t be one of them! Check out these common resume mistakes and make sure your resume don’t have one.
Not having any “real work” experience
Summers in the sun may have been nice, but employers want to see what you can do in a work environment. Whether an internship or volunteer experience, it helps employers see your ability to function in the professional world. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of being creative in your descriptions. For example, your waitressing experience may have given you many transferable skills that a marketing firm would find favorable, such as exceptional customer service and people management skills, multitasking skills, and so on. So, include those words on your resume.
Listing a phone number you rarely answer
If you are never home, don’t give a home phone number. Rarely will employers or recruiters leave a message, unless your name is on the message tape. If you are a cell phone addict, use only that number and remember to answer it professionally. And speaking of the message, record one that includes your name and “please leave a message.” The old “Hey man you know what to do after the beep” isn’t appropriate now.
Not having a professional email address
It might have been fun to have the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org in your younger years, but now it is time to find an email address that is more business appropriate. The best email address is to use your own name in some format of first name or initial and last name.
Not including school internships
Long-term academic projects can be valuable experiences to include on your resume. For example, doing a month long research project during your schools “I-Term”. Assisting a professor with data analysis for his research project or being part of your university’s yearly fund raising endeavors are significant events to include on your resume.
Using fancy fonts and formatting
Unless you are submitting an excellently-designed creative infographic resume, your standard Word resume should be easy to read and follow for anyone. Script or fancy fonts don’t give a professional look. Too much formatting (italics, bold, caps, mixing fonts) will only distract (not add) to the ability to easily read your resume. Pick a universal font like Times New Roman, Times, or Palatino.
Not filling the entire page
Resumes should fill an entire page. A half-page resume doesn’t say much about you. Start planning your work experience early in college so you have something to write about. If your work experience is lean, make your margins bigger and font a little larger, but never larger than 12 point.
Leave it to the professional
Now that you know what kind of mistakes you are making and how your resume is the most powerful tool you have, invest in a high quality resume that will open doors for you! Most people think that writing resume is an easy job. However, more often than not, they are wrong. They end up submitting a messy and unimpressive resume which is quickly thrown into the trash bin.
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