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The 5 Best Ways to Land Your Resume in the Trash
After reading a few resume articles online & feeling completely frustrated by their offensive advice I decided to clarify a few important points. Given the multitude of misinformation out there regarding resume tips, strategies, & techniques I want to assist set the record straight. Here are the five best ways to obtain your resume thrown in the trash by a capability hiring manager.
1. Forget to include a cover letter. Not attaching a cover letter to a resume is like shooting in the dark. Hiring managers are receiving hundreds of resumes for vacancies every week & if they don’t know where to place you from the begin you’re likely to be discarded altogether. Clearly indicate on your cover letter which position you are applying to & why. Don’t assume they’ll just obtain it from reading your resume.
2. Use an objective. Point blank objectives are offensive form. No one uses an objective anymore because they express what you – the employee wants versus how you can supply what the employer needs. Instead utilize a career summary that will ‘show’ not just ‘tell’ the employer how you can meet their needs.
3. Use headings like profile & career summary versus a powerful sales pitch. Do not waste space is what I tell my professional resume writers. Think of a Career Profile as a FREE billboard that you can use to advertise your best attributes. Instead of titling your Career Summary – Career Summary create an eye-catching sales pitch like: Award-winning & market-driven sales strategist. See how instead we’re selling them on who you are from the start?
4. Leave out keywords. Not just keywords yet industry definite keywords & your resume may not even make it into the hiring manager’s hand never mind landing in the trash. I read an online article on a wildly popular job board website that stated only 25% of recruiters use scanners to discover resumes so keywords were overrated. They couldn’t be more wrong! Did they forget about how over 90% of major employers use job boards to discover qualified candidates?! What does a job board do? It scans its database of resumes based on the industry definite keywords a recruiter enters & pulls up entirely applicable resumes by relevance. Guess who is the most relevant? You guessed it the person with the most matching keywords. Here is an instance of industry definite keywords: account manager, accounts payable, account executive, sales manager, human reserves manager, executive trainer. Here is an instance of what a keyword is not: tremendous communicator, superior debut skills, team builder, or written & verbal skills.
5. Small mistakes or grammatical errors. It always pays to have someone else reassessment your resume. They will discover little goofs that your eyes will overlook. Even one little error like leaving out a punctuation mark, misspelling a word, or leaving a sentence unfinished. These are resume killers & ALWAYS land your resume promptly in the trash can. Choose one or two people to reassessment your resume & if you don’t know anyone with tremendous editing abilities there are companies out there or writers out there you can hire just to reassessment & edit your resume.