The job market these days is not very kind especially to fresh graduates. It makes sense the equation is unbalanced, in that, there are less jobs than qualified graduates available. While it is tough to land a job, it is tougher still to even get called for an interview. In case one does, the first thing a potential employer will skim through is one’s resume. Unfortunately, there are bundles and bundles of talented people throughout the world who fail to educate themselves in the art of creating a powerful resume. Even if a resume seems highly creative, and comprehensive, people end up making mistakes, and while some may seem insignificant, there are some major resume mistakes to avoid at all costs.
So today, we thought we will enlighten you on resume mistakes to avoid. Though they are little, they have a huge impact on your character and personality. Read on and learn.
The first on our list of resume mistakes to avoid is being unemployed. If you have been unemployed for elongated periods of time, you are not alone. There are countless people out there who have massive gaps between jobs, or have not been employed at all. Companies are not fond of such things and assume that you have let your skills to waste. If you have gaps between jobs, keep yourself occupied still with some kind of freelancing work, or try volunteering.
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While contact information is absolutely vital on a resume, it is even more important to maintain professionalism. You cannot, under any circumstances, have an email address such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, on a resume. It reflects badly on your character, personality, and attitude. Keep it personal. We know it is difficult to find an appropriate email address these days, but make the effort.
Social media profiles are not necessary on your resume. There may be certain cases where one is required to mention them, but that rarely happens. If you happen to list social media details, in any case, on your resume, rest assured that they will be thoroughly examined. Since, one’s social media activities are not always polite and professional, they will score you a lot of negative points. So the best advice we can offer is to avoid giving out your social media profiles.
Mentioning hobbies is never a good idea unless explicitly required to do so. Honestly, because nobody cares. Irrelevant details about yourself only take page-space. Companies do not want to know what you are capable of in your free time. They are interested in what you can do during the job you are applying for.
The last on our list of resume mistakes to avoid is the length of said resume. You absolutely cannot have a resume containing 5 or 6 or 7 pages. Limit your resume to the most relevant stuff about you, and stuff that coincides with the job you are applying for. Keep in mind that the shorter the resume, the more interested your potential employer is, and the more attention he pays. Try sticking to one, or a maximum of two pages.
We hope we helped you by listing these, apparently harmless, but critical mistakes on a resume. If you would like to add to this list of resume mistakes to avoid, please comment below. Keep checking for more such lists every weekend.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.