Is Your Resume Costing You a Dream Job?
Contrary to Legally Blonde, dyeing your resume pink and bathing it in Chanel No. 5 will not get you into Harvard, nor will it get you a job. In case you take career advice from Elle Woods, below you will find the worst resume mistakes in the history of resume mistakes, followed by why these little errors are the reason why you’re not even granted a pity interview. Spell check doesn’t catch everything, and no one cares how active you were in Girl Scouts, unless you traveled to India to empower girls to sell Thin Mints. Which, in that case, we’ll take two boxes.
The idea of a resume is to fit the most pertinent information into a small space. (On that note, a resume should NEVER, under any circumstances, be more than one page long.) Your name and contact information should not be size 40 font, and you should include multiple ways of contacting you; phone, address, and email are sufficient.
This should be no more than 5 or 6 words, and should state exactly what you are looking for. Keep in mind your wording could give them an impression of how experienced, or inexperienced you are. If it says “Seeking an entry-level position,” guess what? That’s the salary you’ll be offered.
Think of a resume like an upside-down pyramid. The most important information should be on the top, and the farther down the page you go, the less important the information is. Your potential employers know how to skim resumes, and if they don’t see something impressive in the beginning, they will move on. Make sure your experiences are first–recognizable names and companies are more impressive than what school you went to.
Things not to include
Reasons why you were fired or left a job, how you won a spelling bee in high school, and your high school GPA and SAT scores. Also, do not include typos. Have ten people read your resume over after you, so that they might catch any grammatical errors that you may not have caught. Also, do not include your Myspace or Facebook page link. Chances are, if you’re being considered for the job…they’ll see it soon enough, anyway. Also, do not link to your personal blog unless it is somewhat successful or extremely relevant to the job you’re applying for. Lastly, do not rhyme. (Saying you have a passion for fashion is more than not okay.)
The worst thing you could do
And finally. Never appear at an interview without a copy of your resume. Can’t find a printer in time? Reschedule the interview. Unless you won the Nobel Peace Prize, showing up sans resume is what Liz Lemon calls a dealbreaker, people.