Biggest Resume Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
In March 2012, we discussed tips on writing a great resume, but times have changed and so have resume guidelines. A resume is an employer’s first impression of you, so you’ll want to make it a good one. A strong resume ensures that more doors will be opened for you than closed. Keep those doors wide open by avoiding these common mistakes:
No cover letter—you always need a cover letter. Write your cover letter with the focus on the employer and not yourself. Talk about your passion and skills, but explain why or how they would benefit the employer or company.
Incorrect order—start with your name and contact information, which is your phone number and email address only. Next, put down your most recent job to your oldest job. The list should be title/position, name of employer, city/state of employer and dates of employment. Use this example as a guide (minus the personal address): http://www.careercup.com/resume
Providing too much or little information—try to keep your resume at a page, two if experience is relevant. You have a short amount of time to impress an employer. Take out any non-relevant information, only include skills or experience that relates to the position for which you’re applying. No need to include that one time you were a cashier at Wendy’s if you’re applying for a web developer position.
Inconsistencies, lies, embellishments—a no-brainer. This will cause more harm than good if the lies are discovered. Furthermore, if you know you’re not qualified for a position, do not apply.
Don’ts—never put personal information such as address, social, birthdate on your resume. Objective statements are now out of fashion, it’s best to dive right into your relevant experience. Ending your resume with “references upon request,” just delete this. When you move on to the interview stage, that reference list will come in handy.
Incorrect grammar—last but certainly not least, this is the worst mistake of them all. Unless you want an automatic trash toss of your resume, always double check for errors. Use spell check or search words on google as a guide.
Do you lack experience on your resume? No need to worry, Los Angeles ORT College’s Healthcare related programs provide Externship opportunities, much like employment experience that you could mention with pride on your resume. Many LA ORT graduates find employment through Externships. Now is the time to update your resume with the training and education that employers are looking for. Contact one of our colleges in Los Angeles near you and find how our student services and financial aid can help you accelerate your career. ORT offers many programs and mentoring that opens the doors to your dream job.