5 Mistakes You Probably Made in Your Resume by Dasreena Kaur

Your resume is the most important tool you would need when applying for a job. Being in the recruiting industry for the last few years, I have seen close to 10,000 resumes and it is not a surprise that a large number of both fresh graduates and those who have entered the working world have resumes that don’t speak of their capabilities.

These are 5 common mistakes usually found in resumes:

The Longer the better? Not True...

Recruiters are hard pressed for time. Their duty is to fish out the good resumes out of the hundreds they receive on a monthly basis and to fill the roles they are working on. Hiring managers are busy trying to meet their KPIs and trying to get the best talent on board their team. No one has the time to read a 4-page resume. There isn’t a hard and fast rule on how long a resume has to be, but, it’s not an autobiography. Your resume is meant to be summarized so that you can elaborate and sell yourself during the interview.

I would recommend fresh graduates and those with 2 years working experience to have nothing more than a page for your resume.

Don't Get Too Personal

Let’s say you applied for a role in an organization which doesn’t discriminate, it really is not necessary for the recruiter or hiring manager to know your address, religion, date of birth, references before they invite you for an interview. Your contact details such as an email address and mobile number is enough and this should be in the header of your resume. But of course, being in a country where locals should be considered for jobs before foreigners, it helps to put in your nationality.

Not Selling yourself!

A resume is a snapshot of your working experience. It needs to show what you have achieved and delivered in all your roles. Put as many achievements you can in your resume but be matured about it. Setting up a change management process system in an organization and being in charge of the recycling bins vendor are both achievements, but one would stand out more than the other.

Dress (your resume) to impress!

Just as how one would be judged on their appearance during an interview, a good resume is one that is visually appealing. It is easy on the eye to read and catches the reader’s attention. An interview is not a costume party and Fancy formatting and borders is definitely not going to give anyone a leap in the job hunt. 

At the same time, overloading your resume with sentence after sentence might just be an invitation for the reader to skim through your resume, which is not going to help you either.

Educational History

No one really is interested what you scored for your literature paper back in Junior College. If you are a straight A’s student, just say you got 4 As. Your highest education level should be enough on your resume, but it is fine if you include your tertiary education results. However, free up some space on your resume if you have included your primary school and other education history, unless ofcourse, you know for sure that the reader and you share the same alma mater as that could be a conversation starter to build a rapport.

There are many resume builders which can be found online that can help you with crafting your resume. Speak to headhunters and reach out to the people within the human resource industry should you have any questions about your resume. I’m sure many in the industry are as helpful as me. Asking never hurts! Good luck with your job hunt!

Ed Note: If you are one of those who cannot be bothered to do up your own resume or would  bug/bribe/beg your friend to do one for you, chances are that you are never going to make it in life. Writing a resume may not be a walk in the park for some of us, but there is a first for everything in life.  

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