Posted February 18, 2015 by

Important things not to mention in your resume or work profile

Cropped image of businessman analyzing resume at desk in office

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Your first step to professional life, is selling yourself on paper or a document which is globally called a resume. A resume also sometimes called a CV is a summary, highlighting all your academic achievements, work experience and job-relevant skills that can help a potential employer make a decision of whether to proceed further in a recruitment process with you or not.

By definition the concept of resume might sound very easy and basic, but in reality this picture is very complicated. If you just make a wild guess, there are hundreds and thousands of people applying for a particular job, especially in the crunch, economic times, what is the probability that your resume will help you differentiate yourself and stay in the mind of a potential employer? This is where the difficult part comes in, an average employer is exposed to numerous resumes in a day and very evidently it is not possible to remember or read each one of them. So they usually keep the most relevant and different ones to consider while the rest goes down and rest in peace under a garbage bag. So the next question comes how can one differentiate a resume from others? Well, there can be a whole book about it, however, today our point of discussion is what underlying mistakes that a candidate shouldn’t make in a professional resume in order to keep it relevant and effective as part of our academic and professional assistance.

Never over-state what you have done

The very first thing that candidates usually do is get carried away in trying to match their skills with a job they are applying for. They usually over-state or lie about the skills they do not have just to get noticed and find a chance for an interview. An experienced employer can judge this mistake in no time either by looking at other areas of your resume or during an interview which often ends up making a really bad impression for a long time to come. Always ensure that your resume has complete credibility and what is written is exactly what you have in terms of skills, education, work experience and achievements.

Copy pasting the job description at work

Work within your experience section, listing down or copy pasting what you have been doing from your job description is not just enough. It is also important to mention the results you were able to derive from what you did. Always focus on mentioning results and work achievements through your job description and duties that you have been performing.

Constructing paragraphs and explanations

A resume should have a clear message with pin point details. Long paragraphs and stories about you will always put off an employer and distract them. Never write more than 2 to 3 straight sentences within any area of your resume.

Being too intimidating or personal

An employer is hardly ever interested in knowing your relationship status or your home address and any other irrelevant details. All such information is part of your application form, this means it is not required on a resume and will only eat up spaces. Avoid giving such details and keep your discretion by giving only the details that are required to identify you and your character.

Author Bio

Alice John is a recruitment specialist at a head university at George Town, USA. She likes to point out various mistakes in how students approach their job applications. Currently she is connected with an essay help service – to provide tips to write professional resumes or work profile to the fresh graduates.

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