According to a study from The Ladders, provider of online job search services in the United States, a recruiter spends an average of 6 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the candidate is worth calling in for an interview or not.
If you only have 6 seconds to impress someone, make every word count by avoiding these pitfalls in your resume:
1. Vague Objective – “To gain more skills and experience.” What skills? Experience in what? Be clear on what you want to do.
2. Inappropriate Email Address – Unprofessional email addresses like [email protected] make you look immature and unserious.
3. Multiple Phone Numbers – You don’t have to include all 5 of your phone numbers; just put in your business phone and landline numbers.
4. Personal Details – Avoid putting in personal information such as religion, family size, social security number, marital status, can potentially lead to discrimination.
5. Irrelevant Social Media Accounts – Including personal social media accounts like those in Tinder, Snapchat, and Vine might affect your personal brand.
6. Inappropriate Fonts – Don’t experiment with “cute and cool” fonts that will make your resume hard to read and annoying.
7. Salary History – This is something you don’t have to disclose to anyone. It may also send the wrong message to the recruiter.
8. Resume Written in First Person Perspective – Using “I” or “me” (i.e. “I graduated Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering…) makes your resume look unprofessional. This format also makes you appear self-centered.
Here are the details you have to include:
Contact Information – Your contact number and email address should be written below your name.
Career Summary – Describe your accomplishments and achievements in a succinct manner.
Professional Background and Experience – List down job-related skills, experiences, and awards.
Job Keywords – For online resumes, include keywords related to your field and target job position so recruiters can find you through web searches.
Objective – Your objective should align with the needs of the company you’re applying for.
The hiring process is like a sifter separating likeable candidates from the others. So if you want to be called in for a job interview, tidy up your resume by removing unnecessary information. You can also check out or free resume templates to get an idea of what a job-winning resume looks like.
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