A resume is a marketing tool where every job seeker must take effort to see he/she sells self to the potential employer.
However, many people do not know how to market themselves for the job they are applying for and hence end up not making it up to the shortlist.
talking to some experts on resume writing, many of them agrred to that fact that most people do not know how to market themselves or their achievement.
They say there are a few mistakes that they’ve seen over and over again that are “pretty irritating.” these include”
“The biggest mistake job seekers make: They are sloppy. They pay poor attention to detail. They are lazy!”
Resumes are written with with typos, unprofessional fonts, outdated information, and irrelevant information.
2. Summaries that are too long
Summaries are annoying when they are written in a formal tone and include too many adjectives, experts says.
“After a while, the summaries can read like a lengthy chapter in a book. It’s better to list a few bullets with pointed achievements and a branded tag line stating, ‘known for achieving XYZ.’”
3. Too many buzzwords
Resume jargon such as “out-of-the-box,” “team player,” and “exceptional communicator” are “baseline expectations in today’s market,” they say. “A person who truly is a ‘unique problem solver who works well in teams’ will convey this succinctly and creatively on their resume through a combination of few words and imagery.”
4. Starting a bullet point with ‘Responsible for’
This is another “lazy thing” that is common on resumes.
“Candidates need to understand that starting a sentence with ‘responsible for’ tells the reader what the job requirements were supposed to be, but it does not state that the candidate actually performed the functions.” It does not state that the candidate was successful in these functions. Don’t be lazy: Take the extra few minutes to explain what you accomplished — not what you were expected to accomplish.”
5. Being too formal
Finally, experts say that she finds overly formal resumes annoying because they’re not engaging and don’t allow the reader to get a good sense of the applicant’s personality.
so next time you are applying for a job, be different and surly you will make it up to the shortlist.