Archive for August, 2015
TOP 10 MOST COMMON RESUME MISTAKES
by Natalie Krafft
As everyone seeking a job knows, it is crucial to have an accurate, up-to-date, and properly organized resume. As a recruiting firm, we see thousands of resumes every day. Here are some of the biggest pitfalls to avoid when crafting your resume:
1. Grammatical errors or “typos”
2. Bad formatting
3. Listing tasks, not accomplishments
4. Length: too long or too short
6. Out-of-date or NO contact information. (Yes, it happens).
7. Not aligning your resume with LinkedIn
8. Using the same resume for all jobs
9. Lack of a summary
10. Being too vague
Let’s expand. Here are some ideas of what you can do to give you the best shot at getting an interview.
1.TYPOS/GRAMMATICAL ERRORS – This is the #1 issue that employers see when reviewing resumes. A study on recruiter behavior showed that recruiters spend about 6 seconds looking at an individual resume before moving on. If the first thing that catches their eye is a blatant typo, it will leave the impression that you may not be serious about your interest in the position. Plus, ensuring that your resume is error-free will convey professionalism and show that you care.
2.VISUALLY BUSY/BAD FORMATTING – Since recruiters spend such little time looking resumes, you definitely want to make sure it is easy to read at a quick glance. Too much information or too many words could cause an employer to move on without looking at your accomplishments. Keep your fonts consistent and, unless you’ve got a design focus, avoid adding pictures or graphics. This is distracting and takes away from important information. To give yourself the best shot, you want to make sure you make your resume as concise and easy to understand as possible.
3.TASKS VS. ACCOMPLISHMENTS – When detailing the kinds of work you did at each of your prior jobs, you want to make sure you list your accomplishments, not just your daily duties. For example, instead of listing, “Did event planning for the company,” you can say, “Raised $15,000 by planning and selling tickets to a large charity event.” This gives the employer better insight into what you actually accomplished and what you are capable of, which will help you in your job search.
4.LENGTH – Keep your resume at 1-2 pages in length. Contrary to popular belief, it is acceptable for your resume to be longer than the typical one page length. The general rule of thumb is that every 5 years should be on one page. However, if your resume is longer than a page ensure that all the information is relevant and simple. Don’t take out important information just to try to keep your whole resume on one page. Be concise, but include what the employer needs to know.
5.ACTION VERBS – Several studies have shown the best and worst words to use on a resume. The kinds of words employers want to see in your descriptive sentences are: achieved, improved, trained, managed, created, resolved, influenced, negotiated, etc. Avoid words such as: added value, drove results, worked hard, responsible for, experienced, etc.
6.CONTACT INFO – When sending out resumes, make sure your contact information is up-to-date. If an employer tries to contact you but does not have the right information, you could be missing out on a valuable opportunity. It is also important that your information is not inappropriate. Keep your email address professional to ensure you are taken seriously.
7.ALIGN RESUME WITH LINKEDIN – In case you didn’t know, LinkedIn is the fastest growing professional tool to date. Keep both your LinkedIn profile and your resume up-to-date and in line with each other. If your resume stands out to an employer but your online profile does not match, you may be perceived as untrustworthy. It is in your best interest to present yourself as organized to a potential employer, and that includes your online presence.
8.SAME RESUME FOR ALL JOBS – Don’t send out the same resume to every job you apply for if they are not all very similar positions. It is important to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for, as you might have different qualities and positions to emphasize for different jobs. For example, if you are applying for an advertising position, you will want to emphasize your experience in doing an internship for a marketing firm. However, if you are applying for an industrial engineering job, you will want to list more about your experience in that area, and give less details about your internship. It is also helpful to use keywords that pertain to the job you are seeking to catch the attention of the employer.
9.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Having an executive summary on your resume is crucial. It is your opportunity to quickly express your value and help you to stand out. This should also be related to the job you are seeking and show the employer that you will be able to fulfill what they are searching for. Opt for this over an objective statement, which tends to be vague and not particularly necessary or helpful for the employer.
10.BEING VAGUE – Being specific and outlining exactly what you did at your previous jobs will help the employer to gain insight into who you are and which areas you excel in. This will give you a better chance at catching the employer’s attention. Giving vague information will cause the employer to question your experience and will give you a lesser chance of being hired.
We hope that after reviewing this post you are ready to rock-and-roll with that resume. For more interview and resume tips, check out the Candidate Toolkit listed on our website! It’s free for anyone to use.
As always, you can look to Govig as a resource for all your talent management needs, whether as a candidate or client. If you’d like to get in touch with one of our talent management consultants, contact us today!
As an employer in this day and age it can be difficult to find a good place to recruit for your company. There are just so many options available. Should you use a recruiting website? If so, which one? Should you be going to local job fairs around the city? How are you going to know what type of demographic will be in attendance or if it will be a good fit for your company? Although you may get good recruits from those sources, recruiting from college campuses may give you a better outcome for a few reasons.
1. OPEN MINDS – Graduates fresh out of college may not have a lot of experience, but that could be a good thing. New grads won’t bring any potential “bad habits” from a previous job. An employer would have the ability to mold and develop the new grad in a manner that works best for the company, and ultimately the employee’s success. These open minded grads may also bring new, fresh ideas that help innovate the company and make processes more efficient.
2. STUDY SPECIFIC CAREER FAIRS — The great thing about career fairs on university campuses is that many are study specific. Say you are looking to hire for an accounting position. You wouldn’t want to go to a local career fair where people with a variety of backgrounds are attending. Most universities have career fairs just for the business college, or the communications school, or the nursing program. Universities make it easier to choose which career fair will be a good use of your time and will produce the best potential candidates for an open position.
3. INTERNSHIPS — Internship programs are a great way to recruit. If an intern excels throughout the program and is happy and excited by the work they are doing, they will be more likely stay with the company after graduation. This also provides new hires who are already proven to be a good culture and organization fit, and good at what you need them to do. Receiving feedback from interns is an additional way to develop new ideas to keep people engaged and interested in the company.
4. EXPOSURE — Exposure can also tie in with internships. If you develop a program that lets interns walk away with meaningful experience, they will most likely brag about it to their friends, fellow students, and family members. Attending career fairs on campuses is another great way to get your company’s name out there. A creative, inviting booth at a career fair may attract students who had never thought about going down that career path. And even if they end up not being interested, they may know someone who is.
5. CAMPUS RELATIONSHIPS — Building relationships with schools can be one of your best recruiting tools. Career centers on campus would be able to promote a company directly to the desired demographic and talk you up to those who respond. Having professors and administrators who are familiar with your company can also be a beneficial tool in recruiting students for both internships and full time positions after graduation.
College recruiting can be daunting, but developing good strategies now can eventually help your company excel.
Interested in college recruiting and don’t know where to start? We can help with that. GovigU, a consulting offer through Govig, is a college recruitment strategy targeted towards succession planning. Reach out to one of our project managers today to talk about your company’s college recruitment plans.