A major reason why people remain unemployed is the poor quality of their resumes. I have gone through enough resumes for a life time and have discovered that there is a dearth in the ability of people to write good quality resumes.
Employers start assessing job seekers from their resumes. Hence, to improve your chances as a job seeker, it is imperative you ensure your resume is top notch. It is not enough to have graduated with good grades.
Here are six common mistakes people make when writing a resume.
MAKING USE OF LAME CAREER OBJECTIVES/ PROFILES
Majority of people do not know what a career objective/ profile entails .Your career objective /profile should state who you are and what value will add if employed. It is a brief on why your potential employer should employ you and not what you stand to gain if employed. An example of a lame and self centered career objective I have come across is ‘To work in a company that motivates staff through good remuneration and provides ample opportunity for career advancement.’
MAKING YOUR RESUME VOLUMINOUS
Many people make their resumes unnecessarily lengthy. Resumes should be concise and brief. Employers do not have the time to go through pages of resumes. Only include what is relevant and summarize. Ideally resumes should not exceed two pages. Some experts even recommend it should one page where possible.
INCLUDING UNNECESSARY PERSONAL DATA
Some individuals include unnecessary personal data like religion, state of origin, marital status and place of birth on their resume. These should only be included on the employers’ request. (When applying for government jobs in some parts of Africa you may be required to include your state of origin}
IRREGULAR USE OF FONTS
It is common to see irregular use of fonts on resumes. Applicants should endeavor to use the same font and font sizes throughout the body of their resumes.This is a matter of standard practice.
USE OF WRONG TENSES
A common error people make on their resumes is stating their past work experience in present tense. Your job duties/ roles in your previous jobs should always be stated in past tense. For example ’Attended to customers inquires’ instead of ‘attending to customers inquires.’
PARAGRAPHING OF JOB DUTIES
As a matter of principle, make use of bullet points to outline your job duties/roles/key functions under the work experience section. Five to eight bullet points are adequate. This will enable your potential employer to assess your work experience at a glance. Avoid the use of paragraphs.
A well written resume will greatly improve your chances of getting out of unemployment or getting your next job. If you do not know how to write a resume, pay to get it done for you. A well written resume is priceless.