Common Resume Writing Mistakes

When the economy is in bad shape, the job market is usually worse. Those with jobs are trying to stay employed and people without jobs are desperately trying to find a new job, both can be extremely stressful.

The more services you offer the better your chances of finding work. You can offer services like Resume, general transcribing, administrative help, and answering emails. Think of the skills you possess to help you expand the number of services you offer.

The problem, of course, is that all this advice has done nothing more than cause job seekers to turn their attention away from what should be the main focus of their resume.

The first thing to remember is this: Keep it Simple! Remember, your goal is to get the phone call to set the interview. So what you need to do inside your resume is to generate curiosity. Make the reader want to ask more questions. Make the reader want you to explain something they saw in more detail. You should tease the reader with just enough information to show you are qualified for the position you applied for, but not give away the whole scoop.

Take the initiative and apply for the job before the spot is taken. It is great to spend time researching and preparing, but if you don’t take the plunge and apply, you’ll never get the job. Even if you aren’t accepted within the company, you still gain a little more experience with the interview process.

I would also recommend that you begin creating a schedule for yourself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed during a job search. I know for myself, the hardest thing is keeping track of all the places I send resumes to – especially online. The last thing you want to do is duplicate an application. Also, try to make time to do some networking. Let people know that you are looking for a new job. Many times people that you see all the time – family, church members, fellow gym members… will know of an opportunity that you would not have heard of otherwise. Networking is extremely important during a job search.

Perfect your resume – Your resume is often the first glimpse a potential employer gets of you and your skills, make sure it accurately details your skills and work history and how they can benefit your future employer. Make sure you have someone proof read it before sending it out and try to customize it for each job you are applying for.

There are many more things that we can point to but, like a said, there are so many details that go into winning or not. I hope you find these few examples worth applying.