Mistakes Done While
Biggest mistakes made in developing or submitting resumes
The most critical error made in writing resumes is to fail to mention specific
accomplishments. Resumes often include excellent job descriptions, but indicate
little about how well the job was done. It is very important to include your
accomplishments, using data to back them up if possible. It is not sufficient to
merely describe a new initiative you introduced, but describe how it benefited
the organization in cost savings, product/service improvement, or other tangible
The second major mistake that seen frequently is the use of the functional
resume format, where a list of accomplishments is given first. While that
approach does highlight achievements, it leaves the employer guessing as to
where and when your accomplishments took place. Employers will not spend the
time trying to determine sequence and prefer a straightforward chronological
approach so that they can see clearly the progression of your career.
Mistakes to avoid in the resumes
Don't download a resume from the internet or blindly copy anyone's look. You
will be restricted by someone else's arrangement and not have a place or
sufficient place to put in special items. Design your own resume and it should
be neat, readable, not cute and gimmicky.
Sending your resume to any all jobs irrespective of the fit. When responding to
job postings or ads you should only your resume if your background closely fits
Making obvious that the recipient is part of a mass mailing.
Trying to go around the person designed to recruit for the position.
Being too pushy: calling too often, calling when posting says "No calls please."
Mailing it instead of E-mailing it.
Items never be listed on a resume
Personal information relating to physical characteristics, martial status, age,
sex or religious affiliation has no place on a resume. Any thing that does not
relate to your talent and experience only takes up valuable space-and possibly
lessens your chances of getting in front of the interviewer.
Best way to organize a resume
There are two main methods of organizing a resume. These are referred to as the
reverse chronological format and the functional format. The chronological
format-which emphasizes career progression over time-is by far the most
frequently used as it is the easiest for most readers to follow. In this format,
a candidate's work experience is listed in reverse chronological order, in other
words with the most recent position first. Recent studies show that employers
and executive recruiters continue to prefer this format to the functional style,
because there is no guesswork required when it comes to identifying a person's
work history and career progression.
The functional format stresses the job seeker's most marketable skills, but
de-emphasizes career progression, job titles, and chronology. This approach
works best for career changers with little or no direct experience in the field
they are targeting or for individuals who have multiple gaps in their work
history. For those pursuing a career change, however, it is critical that they
effectively network to gain access to key contacts in their new target field and
not simply rely on their resume. Ultimately, the decision regarding whether to
use a functional format should always be weighted against the fact that most
traditional employers and executive recruiters still prefer the chronological
approach to resumes.