Wednesday, January 26

Never put these 7 things on your resume

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Are you preparing a resume? It’s natural to want to tell potential employers about yourself, but some things are best left unsaid.

Remember, you only have a limited amount of room to convince someone that you would be a good employee. Therefore, avoid including anything that might offend or cause an employer to question your skills.

Below are some key things to avoid on your resume.

Criticisms of previous employers

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One sure way to put off a potential employer is to waste space on your resume by criticizing previous employers or supervisors. You may feel perfectly justified in your criticism, but the purpose of a resume is to showcase talents and skills, not to express grievances.

Do not give potential employers the impression that you are unfair or that you are generally unhappy. Instead, write about your positive relationships and accomplishments. Tell people about the good things you can bring to your business if they give you the opportunity.

Excuses for past problems

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If you’ve been laid off or fired from a job, you may feel the need to explain the situation on your resume. It is natural to want to tell your side of the story, especially if you feel it was not your fault.

However, it is easy to spend too much time talking about disappointments and missed opportunities. You can give the impression that you are not responsible for your own mistakes.

A better approach is to write about past successes. If you are asked to explain a layoff or layoff in an interview, be honest, but brief. Let people know that your focus is on the future.

Irrelevant skills

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When a job applicant lists skills unrelated to job performance, it may appear that they have no valuable skills to display. Instead, describe the things you have learned that have improved your job performance. For instance:

  • Do you have great internet skills?
  • Did you take special training to improve your contribution in previous jobs?
  • Are you going to school to earn an advanced degree or certificate?

Old achievements

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Focus on recent accomplishments on your resume. If something happened 10 or 15 years ago, potential employers may be under the impression that their successes have been left behind.

So, skip that Cub Scout merit badge.

Bad grammar and spelling

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If you submit a resume with misspellings, typos, or grammatical errors, you are unlikely to get a job interview. Even if you are in a field where proper use of language seems unimportant, most employers want to know that their employees have good communication skills.

Grammar mistakes on your resume can indicate that you are sloppy and possibly unreliable. An error-free resume lets recruiters know that you are serious about the job.

Too much information

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Recruiters have a limited time to sort applications. So keep it brief.

When selecting applicants, recruiters look for experience, training, and previous employment. If you write in great detail about all the jobs you’ve had, you can feel overwhelmed. Worse still, the information that makes you stand out as an applicant could be overlooked.

In most cases, submitting one or two pages of information is sufficient. You can expand your qualifications once you get to the interview stage.

Anything that is not true

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You may be tempted to exaggerate skills, training, or accomplishments. However, doing so is always a mistake. Once you put something in writing, you can’t take it back. Even if it helps you get a job, the lie can resurface years later and damage your reputation or career.

So don’t overdo the ratings. If you do not have a college degree, describe the training you received on the job. The best way to get an accomplished resume is to do a job that you are proud of.

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