Your resume is the most powerful tool at your disposal when it comes to job hunting, but it can also be your worst enemy. It’s really what you make it: a perfectly crafted resume can help you land the job you always dreamt of; a weak resume, on the other hand, can – and will – ruin your chances of landing that job and can damage your professional reputation.
If you find that employers aren’t responding to your applications (in other words, throwing your resume out as soon as they receive it), it could very well be because of your stubbornness to actually follow the advice of every resume-writing article you’ve read.
If that’s the case, you might find this article very helpful and, hopefully, stop breaking these rules once and for all!
1. You Should Keep It Simple
Sure, your resume you should be a little eye-catching, but remember that recruiters will not normally award you points for a creatively designed resume – this, of course, does not apply to design jobs but, even then, you shouldn’t overdo it. Simply put, avoid using Pantone’s entire color catalog, fancy fonts, and generally a complicated design. We’re not saying you shouldn’t be creative, but remember that less is more.
2. You Should Proofread Your Resume
This piece of advice appears in almost every single article and how-to guide about resume writing, and yet job seekers still make a horrible number of typos. In fact, a staggering 58% of resumes contain typos, according to a 2013 CareerBuilder study. Another study found that 40% of senior executives would rule candidates out based on a single, teenie-tiny typo. So, yes, proofreading your resume is an absolute must, especially if you don’t want to find yourself on one of those “dumbest resume mistakes” lists.
3. You Should Remove All the Jargon
Dumb it down – no, seriously. Dumb it down. Save the industry lingo for the interview with the people who know what you’re talking about; most of the time, recruiters and HR managers will have no idea what you’re talking about, and it’s them you want to impress at this very early stage of the game. If they can’t understand what you’re talking about, well, they’ll simply move on to the next candidate.
4. You Should Customize Your Resume to the Job
It sounds tedious, and it is, but customizing your resume to every job you apply for (yes, every single one of them) could very well boost your chances of getting invited for an interview or, better yet, offered a job. Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing your resume, so matching words on your resume with the job will no doubt make you stand out – and that’s exactly what you want to do: stand out from the crowd.
See Also: Top 6 Most Overused Words in a Resume
What other resume rules do you think job seekers keep breaking? Have you broken any of these rules yourself? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends who are currently on the hunt for a job!