Most of us know the things that we should include in our resumes, such as key skills, accomplishments, and job responsibilities, but what about the things we should not include? There are many things that should not be included, and this article names some of the most common mistakes.
Relying on prose
Prose is great when you are writing an essay or giving a resume covering statement, but being too reliant on prose in your resume only serves to make things worse. It is not nice to look at, and it also makes it difficult to find the key information the employer wants to see.
Too much of a good thing
If you have ever heard the phrase ‘you can have too much of a good thing’ then you will understand not to play up to your skills and attributes too much. Employers obviously like to see talented job seekers, but they don’t want to be patronized and force-fed overbearing personal information, which often happens in the personal profile section. In other words, you should always describe your strengths, but avoid coming across as arrogant.
Following the crowd
Resorting to clich?s in your resume is something done by the vast majority of job-seekers, but it is true that this does them no favors. If you search for resumes online, you will see many overused phrases, such as ‘roles included’, ‘responsibilities included’, ‘team player’ or ‘business orientated’. These days, employers sigh when they see language like this, not only because most of the time such phrases are used with no tangible evidence to support the claim, but since it shows that you cannot think for yourself, so do your best to avoid using them.
Choosing the wrong structure
Resumes are generally divided into functional and chronological formats, and you need to make sure you choose the right one for you. The chronological format is best for people with a large work history, to help organize the historical information, whereas the functional format is better for recent graduates or those looking to make an industry change.