Awful Resume Design – Avoid It!

Terrible resume design can absolutely destroy your prospects of landing a position. In my work as a freelance resume writer, as well as handling human resources for a college library and at a startup, I have seen countless terribly designed resumes – they always end up in the trash.

For most any position that doesn’t place an emphasis on creativity (graphic designers; marketing; social media specialists; etc. being some exceptions), you need to stick to the tried and true – a conventional resume with a standard appearance. Those in creative professions have a lot more leeway with the design of their resume, but even so, a resume should always convey an appearance that signals that you are a serious professional, even if you add a little flare to it.

Again, a resume with awful aesthetics will not land you a position, regardless of your qualifications. If you want to ensure that your resume will meet a hiring manager’s expectations, I am available to examine and correct your resume. Simply click here to purchase a resume (and cover letter, if needed) upgrade.

How Long Is Your Resume Supposed To Be?

There are many mistakes that can lead employers to disregarding your application for employment. One of the most egregious errors that turns off potential employers is having a resume that is either too short or too long.

What are some of the common errors regarding resume length? Here are a few:

  1. Deeply experienced candidates who have amassed major achievements who limit themselves to one page resumes. They will be passed over by employers.
  2. Recent college graduates, or those relatively new to the workforce, who send three, four, even two page resumes composed primarily of fluff. It turns off employers. They will be passed over.
  3. Deeply experienced candidates who send resumes in excess of three pages. Unless you are at the absolute top of your field, that meaning that anyone with a degree of knowledge about the field would know you by name, you should never submit a resume in excess of three pages, unless you are in academia and are asked for a curriculum vitae. A resume that is too long will also lead you to being rejected for a job which you are otherwise qualified for.

While there are exceptions, here are some general suggestions regarding resume length:

  1. One page resume – Under 40-years-old; recently graduated from college; long absence from workforce; little work experience; career switcher
  2. Two page resume – Over 40-years-old; amassed a significant level of success
  3. Three page resume – Top of your field.

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10 Resume Errors to Avoid

Many talented individuals lose out on landing excellent jobs, not because of any deficit in their experience or ability, but because of deeply flawed resumes.

In my time screening applicants for a startup and at the Monroe College Library, I have been astonished at some of the careless errors that otherwise skilled applicants have made on their resumes. Of course, none of them landed the job, nor even an interview.

Over the next month, I am going to write blog posts on these ten common resume mistakes:

  1. A resume that is not of the appropriate length.
  2. A poorly designed resume.
  3. A resume with many spelling/grammar errors.
  4. A resume with careless mistakes.
  5. A resume without a singular emphasis.
  6. A resume not tailored to the position.
  7. A resume that focuses on duties, not achievements.
  8. A resume that utilizes the wrong format (e.g. chronological; functional; etc.)
  9. A resume that doesn’t follow the directions posted on the job listing.
  10. A resume with irrelevant information.

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