Don’t Make These Resume Mistakes

Have you looked at your resume recently.  Even if you have,  chances are it needs a little fine-tuning.  Your resume is often the first thing a prospective employer sees about you. And a less-than-perfect one can hurt your chances for a job. We can all use some advice to spruce up our resume.  This morning, GMA Workplace Contributor Tory Johnson had some great resume advice. I won’t go into everything, but basically she says it pays to be vague at times and more specific in others.

A resume that’s a little vague?  Sure, especially if you’re getting up there in years.  Just remember, NO LIES, but Johnson says it’s okay to put a “smart spin” on it.  Here are some examples:

  • Don’t put “30 years experience” because that indicates you’re an older worker. Instead write “experienced” without the number of years.  (note to self: check resume and revise it.)
  • If you’ve been out of work for a while, for example since January 2009, eliminate months from your resume and use just the years. For example:  NOT (name of company) March 2006 to January 2009, INSTEAD (name of company) 2006 to 2009.  So it looks like you’ve been without a job for only eight months, not 19 months.
  • Don’t put the year you graduated from college. That also gives away your age. (Another note to self)
  • Don’t go too far back on your job history. Leave off the ’80’s, and highlight the jobs you’ve held for the past 10 to 15 years. I wonder if that also goes for that 1979 (oops) internship at an LA TV station where all I did was answer the phones: “Hello, Channel 7 Eyewitness News On Your Side, what’s your beef?”

While it helps to be vague in some places, it’s important to be more specific in others.

  • Instead of putting “responsible for the budget” under roles and duties, replace that with the size of budget and how you saved the company money.
  • Are you a “people person”? Good, but don’t put it that way on your resume. In a very few words, write so anyone can instantly understand what you do.

With more people looking for fewer jobs, you can’t afford to make any mistakes. And that goes for your resume as well.  Now let’s all dig ours up and make it look as good as possible.

“Resume Writing: Sample Template and Five Mistakes to Avoid”

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