BlogBreak contributor and vice-president of e-resume.net Chandra Fox has some good advice for avoiding costly errors on your resume:
Resume is void of results-focused information
If your resume reads like anyone that has had a similar background to yours, then it is not good. That means your immediate competitors’ resumes read just like yours. You must differentiate yourself. Tell about the project you had that saved the day and your role.
A whole lot about nothing
If your resume is more than two pages, re-evaluate your resume. There is a time when a three-page resume is appropriate, but be sure that means you. If your resume discusses things that are not vital to the particular job for which you are applying, eliminate them.
One style doesn’t fit all
After reading what the company wants for a particular position in the job posting, be sure your resume reflects your experience that is mentioned in the description. Do not lie but make sure any experience you’ve had throughout your career that is mentioned in the job description is highlighted in your resume.
Ten pounds in a five-pound bag
Too much to read on your resume can be your downfall. A resume with small margins, smaller font, no bullets and everything written in long paragraphs is not good. Make sure the format is easy on the eyes. Don’t make it cumbersome to read. Readers will give up quickly – you only have 30 seconds.
Personal information on the resume
A resume must be about your career history – although there can be exceptions, there is typically nothing personal in a resume. College resumes often include hobbies; after college stick to the subject at hand – your qualifications.
Now take an objective eye to your resume. See if you have fallen into any of the common errors and make adjustments. Then you can watch the power of your new resume in action. Do you have any more tips on writing a winning resume?