So you think you’re qualified for the job, eh? You certainly gave it your all in school, and you poured your heart into your last job. So, why were you flat out rejected and why was your resume shelved indefinitely by human resources when you applied for the job of your dreams?
The thing that is holding you back is the very thing you applied with, your “lacking” resume. This resume is your Achilles heel when it comes to getting hired. Simply put, the reason why you won’t get the job of your dreams is your resume. In fact, the mistakes you’re making when creating your resume is the very reason you’re not finding gainful, meaningful employment or better yet, the job of your dreams!
Mistake # 1: Your Information is Not Relevant
The first mistake most people make is filling their resume with useless information. Then they use this useless resume for every job they come across. If the job is for a specific field, then try to tailor your resume to fit that specific field and furthermore, to that specific job. If the information in your resume is not relevant to the job you’re applying for, you most likely won’t even get an interview. Do your research, list things in the resume that relate to the job, and then build a custom resume for each company and job to which you are applying.
Mistake # 2: Over-Explained or Too Vague
The next reason why your resume won’t be landing you your dream job is that in your resume you over explain every little achievement, so much so that it is just too crowded and the most important points are missed. You might also under do it and end up being too vague. Try to make the wording sound like actual skills you possess, not just key words you found on Wikipedia.
Another killer is under selling yourself and using bland language to describe your talents. In other words make it clear, but don’t over or under do it. You’re looking for the middle ground here, and you want to create something that is company specific, unique, and that really shows how you shine in that specific field.
Mistake # 3: Your Name
Another common mistake that happens when people rush and apply for multiple companies is not including your name at all or not naming the resume accordingly. Your resume represents your attempt to get a job or at least an interview. If the resume doesn’t clearly have your name in the title, good luck at getting human resource’s to give you a call. This is a part of the resume that can be generic, because it’s a primary component of any good resume.
The best thing you can do is to include your name, address, email, and telephone number. When naming the file itself, you want to include your first and last name and the word resume, such as “John Smith Resume.” Also, you do not want to go with weird font or format because this will get your resume trashed in seconds.
Mistake # 4: Spelling Mistakes and Grammar Errors
Most important nowadays is my last piece of advice to all resume builders out there, spelling, spelling, and spelling! That means check your spelling, recheck your spelling, and have your spouse or friend look it over for errors! Make sure that it does not contain any incorrect sentence structures, weird wordings, or incorrect punctuation. Do all this before sending it via mail or email, and it’s also a good rule of thumb to read it over again one last time before sending it to make sure that everything is correct.
There you have it, four reasons why your resume may be holding you back! Follow these steps to find the glorious dream job you always wanted! If, however, you’re a horrible worker, have bad work ethic, and fall asleep at work regularly, well, that’s a different topic all together. So, remember, you’re a shining star, but without a properly built resume, no one will be able to see how bright you really shine!
So what do you think? Do you have some resume tips you care to share? I can’t wait to hear them!
Dominique Brown is a financial planner, landord, personal finance blogger and video blogger. He is the owner of YourFinancesSimplified.com where he talks about everything from being a new father to his worst financial mistakes. He has been featured on The Huffington Post and H&R Block. You can find him either on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or Instagram.
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.