There is no denying to the fact the world is increasingly tough today and the rising populations and rates of unemployment means rising competition. For a single job opening, there will be a number of candidates who are qualified as well as interested. This implies that you need to devote a good amount of time to your resume in order to stand out of the rest.
Here is a list of 10 things that if included in your resume could be dangerous for your job search.
1. Do Not Get Personal
Your CV is a job search document. Remember not to get personal when listing your details. Employers might take a decision based on your personal information but to avoid any discrimination, keep the information off the page.
When talking about personal information, it includes points like
– Sexual Orientation
– Political Affiliation
– Residential Address
– A photograph
Including a photograph in a resume can depend on the requirement. If the application requires you to do so, you should add a professional picture to your resume.
2. Any Kind of Spelling Errors and Grammatical Errors
You know what is the biggest turn off for a recruiter?
Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
It is not necessary that you are an expert in language, but before you apply for job, get the resume reviewed by others for feedback. It is also a good idea to let a family member or friend find mistakes in your CV. Also, reading your CV on print rather than on screen helps you identify mistakes better.
3. Irrelevant Work Experience
Heard about the six second factor? Your resume should immediately tell the recruiter that you are a perfect fit for the job. Any information that dilutes this message should be excluded from your resume. Even if your past professional accomplishments are something you cherish, until it serves the purpose, it should not be included in your resume.
If you have to use any kind of irrelevant experience to fill the gaps, keep the information minimum.
4. Hobbies and Oddities
“I love collecting ink pens.”
Recruiters are certainly not interested in what you are up to in your spare time or what your hobbies are until it is related to your job. For example, if you are applying for a writer job, it is ok to mention about your blog. But a sales job would not require you to be a writer, so don’t mention.
Same holds true for any unprofessional achievement. Recruiters are not interested to know if you were nominated as a secondary school captain or won a high school debate.
5. Being Negative
It is very important to use positive language throughout your resume. If you have some negative sentences in your resume, delete them or convert them into positive ones. Also when you are aggressively searching for a job, keep your social media accounts off negative comments.
Some words you should avoid using in your resume:
6. “References on Request”
Recruiters do not need references until a later stage in the hiring process. Hence it makes no sense to include references or statements as references on request in your CV. Instead keep a list of references ready and hand them to the recruiter when asked for.
This also makes more room for your skills and competencies to be explored.
7. Bending the Truth
Technically it is not lying! You might want to give this excuse. Adding a little sparkle to your resume is just fine. But going overboard just does not makes sense. You will anyways be found once you are in the job.
Also background check is a regular practice, followed by a lot of employers all over.
If the position you are applying to is a perfect fit for you, your CV does not need a bend.
8. Overload Information
An ideal resume is a 2 page resume. A maximum that can be accepted is a 3 page resume. Anything that is more than a 3 page resume turns off the employer completely.
A lengthy CV marks an impression that you are unable to differentiate important information from the irrelevant. It is important that you concentrate on the relevant details.
9. Getting to Creative
It is very important to keep your CV professional and readable for the employer. Make sure that it has minimum use of underline, bold and italics.
Aligned structure and a structured layout throughout is a must. Use fonts like Classic, Times New Roman or Georgia.
Be sure not to handwrite your CV. Black and white works best until you are making a designer resume. Using clip arts and other pictures turns off the recruiter.
10. Excessive Use of Jargons and Cliché Words
Everyone is professional and hardworking. Using these cliché phrases in your resume does not leave a very good impression to the recruiter. Recruiters go through thousands of CVs and witnessing the same phrases becomes irritating for them. Instead, use facts and figures that support every skill and competency you state in the CV.
To avoid any blunders in the printed form of CV, switch to visual CV that lets you deliver your elevator pitch directly to the recruiter. This gives you a competitive edge over the others. If the employer still needs you to use the print form of CV, make sure it is 100% error free.