Your Career’s At Stake, Don’t Make These Mistakes on Your Resume

Por Rachel Schwartz

You only have one chance to make a great FIRST impression. This is so true in every aspect of life. It's especially true when you're applying for a job. Over the last ten years of creating professional resumes, I have seen first hand so many simple mistakes that literally ruined a candidates chance at a great career. Mind you, these are smart, capable and well experienced candidates. Whether you like it or not, the first impression an employer has of you is based on your resume.

So I decided to share the wealth, and put together a list of the top 5 most important do's and don'ts you should look out for when creating your professional resume.

#1 The Summary- When you write your summary keep it short. There is no need to go on about all the amazing things you would like to do. In fact, writing the summary is not always necessary, but if you do no more than three sentences is necessary to explain : A- What you want to do. B- The skill-set you have to get it done. C- What positive impact you feel you bring the company. Don't embellish your qualities, let your experience do the talking.

#2 Date Your Experience- What you have done and where you have worked is perhaps the most valuable piece of information on a resume. There is no greater education than experience. At the same time, the hiring manager needs to see how long you worked in the listed locations. Always include the dates you started and ended the job. And by the way, never leave a gap in employment on your resume without some explanation. If you took off to take classes, volunteer or anything else, always explain that. One of the worst signs on a resume is a candidate who leaves a gap in their experience.

#3  Don't Write "References Provided Upon Request! - You have just decreased your chances significantly. We live in a time where everyone wants instant information. When you submit your resume, give the hiring manager as much information as possible so he or she can access everything  on his/her own. Any smart company will want references and if they have to call you for them, you are just putting one more step in your own way. Don't list more than three or four, but provide easily reachable and reliable references for them to contact.

#4 List Your Hobbies - This is something which many people overlook simply because it has nothing to do with how you work- or at least you think so. Showing what you do in your spare time is very valuable and extremely telling to an employer. If you are a volunteer fire fighter, EMT or anything like that, you possess a tremendous quality of looking out for others. Aside from skill, working in a team requires candidates that look to help others beyond themselves. If you enjoy sports, hiking, fishing etc. it shows you are active and in shape. Your physical shape most certainly effects how your work.

#5 Use Spellcheck! - It is truly amazing how many spelling mistakes are found on resumes in today's generation. You don't even need to know how to spell anymore, just use spell check! There is perhaps nothing worse on a resume then spelling mistakes. It doesn't just show a lack of proper accuracy, it shows you aren't diligent enough to simply look over your work, it shows you are not driven to make a professional impression. No matter what you list on the resume, NEVER leave spelling mistakes. If you are not confident enough to rely on your own capabilities have someone else read it over, but never have a hiring manager open your resume to see a bunch of red lines!

in, 1 Dezembro 2015