It is difficult to develop a resume when you start your career. Of course, recruiters are more tolerant of applications from young professionals and newly qualified applicants, however there are some blunders that can really damage your credibility.
It is obvious that if you are just leaving education, that you will not have had a lot of professional experience in any field, but here are some mistakes you may still make on your CV.
Certainly, the temptation to embellish your resume can be strong, but it is also risky. It is dangerous to inflate or invent experiences that never happened, especially if you then get the job and your responsibilities may lead to the harm of other people. Even with something simple like changing a tire or stacking boxes.
Recruiters have a sixth sense when it comes to uncovering what kind of experiences a young person has really had. Some may require a photocopy of your credentials or references from past employers. If you are not a national of the country then others will not hesitate to test your English since, according to your CV, it is fluent.
To fill your possible lack of experience, indicate your involvement in an association, a student office, a sports club. A young candidate can also mention about a dissertation study. This will certainly give rise to a positive exchange during the job interview.
Experiences low status
Do not just list your work experience, it is better to clarify the results obtained: sales growth in the number of market studies, the number of appointments taken down, or the skills you think you have developed. If you held a position as marketing assistant for a few months and have worked on promotional campaigns, state that you have acquired business skills. It shows that the candidate has mastered his/her job and he/she has chosen something positive from their experience. You have to select the experiences that you have had a significant period of several months.
A rickety structure
A resume is one/two page(s) of A4 and is structured into sections: training, work experience, language and computer skills and interests. The order of items is not fixed, so young candidates should put their professional experience before their diplomas. In the header of your resume, remember to write a hook. Focus on a strong feature.
Spelling errors galore
Spelling errors, grammatical or printing errors in each line tend to get recruiters off their hinges. They send the wrong signals to recruiters and give the impression that the CV has been botched and that the candidate does not take the exercise seriously.
Showing your nutz!!
On your resume, avoid the email addresses of type “WeedLover@hotmail.com” or “LankyLarry@laposte.net”. This awkwardness is not fatal but does not give off a professional image of yourself. Make a new email address for sending out resumes and conversing with business people if you must.