Is There Irrelevant Information On My Resume?

Before sending out your job application, keep in mind this checklist of things to avoid listing on your resume:

  1. GPA – Unless your GPA is high (3.7+) for all educational institutions that you are listing on your resume AND you are a recent college graduate, there’s no reason to list your GPA.
  2. References – Most employers do not want references on your resume. Do not include them unless they are specifically asked for.
  3. Microsoft Office – Do you know how to use Word? Great, so do many others. Avoid listing skills such as Microsoft Office, Windows, or the like, as they are perceived as filler.
  4. Objective Statement – Only use this if you are a career changer or are submitting an application to a staffing agency.
  5. Your Picture – Are you an actor or a model? If not, leave this off your resume.

Aside from these five, carefully examine your resume before sending it out to avoid including any irrelevant information that may harm your chances of landing your next job. To ensure that your resume impresses potential employers, is tight, and professional, click here.

 

Following Directions In The Job Search

The job listing states to send your resume in the body of your email.

You send it as an attachment.

You are not getting the job.

Not following this instruction, or other specific requests put forth in a job listing, can easily derail your application for employment.

It’s simple – double check the job listing and make sure that you follow the directions. There’s not much more to it than that.

Be careful to avoid some of the most common traps:

  1. Including or not including references.
  2. Sending a resume/cover letter as an attachment when it is supposed to be in the body of an email or vice versa.
  3. Not addressing the cover letter to the person to whom you are supposed to address it.

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Which Should You Use: A Chronological, Functional, or Hybrid Resume?

Chronological resumes are resumes that list a job applicant’s professional positions in chronological order, starting from the most recent/current job.

They are:

  1. Ideal for people without long gaps in employment history.
  2. Ideal for people who have steadily ascended in their career within one specific profession.
  3. Ideal for people with significant to extensive career histories.

Functional resumes are resumes that focus on your skills, taking out any emphasis on your specific work history.

They are:

  1. Ideal for people who are changing careers.
  2. Ideal for people with long gaps in employment history.
  3. Ideal for recent college graduates.

Hybrid (or combination) resumes are resumes that take a middle approach between the chronological and functional resumes.

They are:

  1. Ideal for people with extensive work histories who are changing careers.

 

There is one other main type of resume: the targeted resume. This is a resume targeted to a specific job. This type of resume is far better than any of the other three resumes, and will yield better results than using a resume not specifically tailored to a position. The downside is writing a targeted resume for every job you apply to is extremely time consuming.

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Your Resume Should List Accomplishments

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me to take a look at her resume.  She was a recent graduate of a top liberal arts college, intelligent, and had solid professional experience… yet she listed on her resume that she ordered pizzas for her office on Fridays.

This type of novice mistake can cost you a job.

Employers, simply put, are not interested in your duties. They care about what you have accomplished in your positions. They are looking for employees who are problem-solvers who take the initiative to find solutions to difficult situations and make their workplaces better and more efficient; they aren’t concerned about the pizza you ordered

When you are writing your resume, for best results, you should do the following:

  1. Brainstorm at least two or three accomplishments for each position on your resume.
  2. Delete duties entirely if you have enough accomplishments to fill your resume; if not, only keep the duties that set you in the best light.
  3. Be specific about your accomplishments. It is far better to write something like: “Improved client conversions office-wide by 20% through creation and administration of new sales paradigm” than “Improved client conversions office-wide.”

With these three strategies, your resume will have a far better chance of standing out amidst the crowded pool of applicants for most positions. If you want to guarantee that you have an effective resume, click here to have your resume professionally rewritten.

 

Regarding Resumes, One Size Does Not Fit All

Some individuals have it rather easy. If you are looking for a position as a data analyst or administrative assistant and no other type of job fits your current professional goals, then your resume is going to automatically be tailored to the positions that you are applying to…

However, some individuals have a bit more challenging circumstances. They might have two, three, or even more types of positions that they are both qualified for and are potentially interested in pursuing. For these individuals, it is imperative that they craft separate resumes tailored to each type of job that they are chasing.

 

Many individuals believe in luck; I don’t – I believe in hard work. I believe that hard work produces what some call “luck.” Yes, it can take time to personally craft different types of resumes and cover letters for different positions. Or if you do not want to do so, or cannot do so because the skill set eludes you, yes, it costs money to have your resumes and cover letters professionally done for you. However, not taking the initiative in life invariably leads to poor results.

If you want to land your ideal job, simply put, you have to put in the effort. There are no corners that can be cut.

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Your Resume Needs A Focus

This topic is particularly intriguing for me to write about, given my own professional work history.

Wolfman Jack, the legendary American disc jockey, had a great quote: “It would take me three or four lifetimes to do everything I want.” I have taken his advice to heart, as I have held the following positions:

  1. Canvasser
  2. Special Education Teacher
  3. Writing Instructor
  4. College Professor
  5. Librarian
  6. Tutor
  7. Actor
  8. Published Author
  9. Entrepreneur
  10. Reporter
  11. Archivist
  12. Publisher
  13. Blogger
  14. Editor
  15. Copywriter
  16. Marketing Specialist
  17. Event Planner

And I could go on…The point is, for someone like me, who has an insatiable desire to master everything, if I do not craft my resume or cover letter effectively, I am going to immediately have my application dismissed because an employer cannot peg me into any one role.

While most individuals do not have as varied a work history as I do, they might have experience in a range of unrelated positions. Without properly crafting your resume and cover letter, it is quite possible to get rejected for a position if someone in HR cannot understand through your resume and cover letter how your experience fits with their vacancy.

To avoid this problem, try doing the following:

  1. State an objective on your resume.
  2. Spin unrelated positions accomplishments (and duties) into the language of the position that you are applying for.
  3. Selectively omit certain positions from your resume.
  4. Choose to use a functional resume.

Of course, if you want to guarantee that you avoid making the mistake of having an unfocused job application, I am available to personally improve your resume and cover letter by clicking here.

 

Careless Errors In Your Job Application Can Cost You A Position

By and away, the worst mistake that I ever saw on an applicant’s resume was when I was screening applicants for the Monroe College Library. An individual applying for a Library Assistant position in 2012 placed the date on his cover letter as 1997. Those kinds of egregious errors can remain in a potential employer’s mind for all the wrong reasons.

One of the key components of any job is this: Ensure that problems do not arise. If a wildly off mistake is noticed in a resume or cover letter by an employer, it will lead to only one possible outcome – rejection of your job application.

I cannot stress this enough – you need to proofread your resume and cover letter. 

It is all too easy to make the following, and other, careless errors that will color you in a negative fashion in an employer’s mind:

  1. Using the name of a different company in your cover letter.
  2. Using the wrong date.
  3. Not changing the contact information for the company in your cover letter.
  4. Not altering the objective in your resume if applying for different types of jobs.

And many more.

There are many individuals who I have worked with who have excellent credentials; however, they shoot themselves in the foot with careless errors on their job applications. To ensure that your resume and cover letter are perfect, click here.