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Resume reviewers sure have a lot they do not like.

Surveys show that resume reviewers have a long list of things they do not like to see on your resume. Such as …

  • content lacks results
  • doesn’t list phone number, only e-mail address
  • facts in one part not supported elsewhere
  • fails to list education
  • focuses on soft skills and neglects hard data
  • has a generic file name like “resume.doc”
  • in functional format or lacks dates
  • inappropriate e-mail address
  • inconsistent formatting or too many fonts
  • inexplicable acronyms and industry-specific jargon
  • jobs left off
  • language egotistical and self-congratulatory
  • lies, misleading statements, or misrepresentations
  • not accompanied by a cover letter
  • not enough description of scope of job provided
  • not tailored to the targeted vacancy
  • overly long list of similar awards and training items
  • same sentences used to detail different jobs
  • so full of quantitative data that it’s hard to read
  • spelling errors, typos and grammatical flaws
  • overuse of the personal pronoun I
  • too general
  • too long
  • too much space devoted to older jobs
  • too wordy
  • work experience periods listed inconsistently from job to job
  • written in third-person

Probably a good idea to avoid these things when writing your resume … better still hire a professional resume writer.

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Todays Resume Tip – Keywords

Keywords are specific words and phrases that send a message about your qualifications, accomplishments, and knowledge of a particular industry. Employers insert keywords in job descriptions when advertizing jobs.

These keywords need to be carefully analyzed and integrated in your résumé to ensure it reflects the employer’s stated requirements. Keywords can be used throughout your résumé; in the Summary, Core Skills, and your Cover Letter.

A good way to do this is to cut and paste the ad, then highlight the keywords relating to skills you have matching those mentioned in the ad.

If you start to get excited when doing this you just might have found a job which you will be confident applying and interviewing for.


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