It only takes 20 seconds for an employer to scan your resume. They love the phrase “less is more” and they really mean it. You can also apply this trick to your resume. The point is to keep your resume short and simple while supporting your brand. You should have enough information to grab the attention of a recruiter when they are actually looking at your resume.
When you add irrelevant data to your resume, it usually weakens your key message. Employers want to stay away from any possibility of discrimination on the grounds of sex, religion, age, marital status and ethnicity. Therefore, the less you have on your resume, the more likely you are to enter. All words and phrases should be carefully selected to show that you fit the requirements of the job perfectly. Here are 6 common resume mistakes that you should never try on your resume.
1. Graduation dates: Include your degree and institution, but remove the dates. Age discrimination is indeed a concern for many people. So take your dates off and don’t let the reviewers find out your age.
2. Non-contact experience: Cut out unrelated experience not required for the job you have applied for. If you’ve applied for marketing and your experience shows IT management, you need to minimize the non-contact experience and create new result sheets that support your experience.
3. Personal stuff: Most resumes usually include personal things, like marital status, family members, etc. All of this information is illegal to collect, so don’t include it on your resume. Also, try to remove references to hobbies, political opinions and clubs.
4. Gaps in your work experience: Eliminate gaps in your previous job and try to fill them with freelance, part-time, direct sales, etc. Gaps in your experience are not usually appreciated, so try to avoid them.
5. Check your grammar: Make your resume grammatically correct and free of spelling errors and typos. Look at every word on your resume and correct them if they are wrong. You can write the sentences as first-person titles. Don’t try to mix first and third person; this will cause unnecessary chaos and will not look good.
6. Keep up for your resume: recent graduates have a short resume compared to experienced people. Graduates typically have a one page resume, and experienced professionals can create their own two to four pages. Try to keep up for your resume; don’t skip things to do it briefly. A resume should have enough detail to support the job you are applying for. Therefore, a two to four page resume is acceptable and sounds good.
You just have to keep the right balance for your resume. It’s not about the length of your resume; it’s about the work you’ve done, your skills and experience, and how you present the most important things.