You might have a beautiful resume that you’ve hand-delivered with a smile, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to land the job of your dreams. A well-designed resume may stand out, but its content can ultimately make or break your job prospects.
Not Personalising It
You may have spent hours perfecting a resume for the dozens of job applications you plan on filling out, but it can be worth spending a little longer to make sure you’ve personalised it for each business.
As time-intensive as that task can be, no two businesses are the same, even if their job titles are. Pay attention to the job descriptions so that you can accurately match your skills to specific requests by each company. By doing so, you can give prospective employers insight into just how suitable you are for their position.
Writing a Vague Career Summary
Employers want to know they are hiring the right person for the job, so they are curious about your career achievements. By understanding the work you have undertaken, they can see how you can be of value to their business.
For example, rather than describing yourself as a leader, a team player, and someone who can work under pressure, describe how and why that is. This might involve you offering some details about projects you have worked on and in which you were successful.
Not Noticing Spelling and Grammatical Errors
An employer with an eye for detail will notice any minor spelling or grammatical errors. If you’re not sure that you can pick up all potential mistakes, ask someone to check your resume before sending it.
It may also be a good idea to make sure you’re writing in the language that best represents your audience. For example, if you are applying for a job in Australia, you would use ‘favourite’ and ‘colour’, not ‘favorite’ and ‘color’.
Making It Too Long or Short
Even if there are other reasons why you’re not able to secure a job quickly, one of the contributing factors can be the length of your resume. If it’s too long, employers may not even skim it. If it’s too short, they may wonder if you have the necessary skills to work in their industry. Many recruitment agencies state that resumes should be two pages long and well-formatted to make sure the resume is easy to read.
Not Supplying References
If you fail to supply references or you write ‘references available on request’, you’re creating an unnecessary amount of work for a prospective employer. You also use the same amount of office supplies and paper whether you add that information or not. List at least two or three relevant references that employers can contact to verify your skills, experience, and reputation. The more you have, the more desirable you may appear.
There are dozens of reasons why companies may not be responding to your resume. They may have found someone better for the job or decided not to hire anyone at all. However, the reason could also be to do with your resume. Clear up some of these problems above, and you may stand a better chance of landing your dream job.