A resume is a little snippet of you.
The words and style you choose reflect your attitude, skill set, and attention to detail. A well-crafted resume can mean the difference between sailing over the first hurdle to that next job or doing a belly flop right into the dirt.
As you might imagine, Artisan Talent sees a lot of resumes. Our team of career advisers regularly review resumes that don't make the cut. Many times typos are the issue, but we also see resumes with all kinds of design problems — even in creative fields.
We've compiled some of our "favorite" resume mistakes to highlight some of the more frequent errors that might be impairing your job search.
Don't Do This on Your Resume
A Career Builder study of common resume mistakes showed:
- 58% of resumes have typos
- 31% of resumes have an inappropriate email address
- 27% of resumes lack exact employment dates
- 22% of resumes are printed on decorative paper
- 36% of resumes are generic and not personalized for the position
Statistic Brain takes it a step further, stating that 53% of all resumes contain falsifications. All of these statistics certainly illustrate the kinds of mistakes that job seekers can make on a curriculum vitae (CV), but there are also plenty of mistakes made in how the resume is formatted.
Good Resumes Have...
Here are some tips on how to make your resume a graphically pleasing document, sure to catch the eye of a hiring manager.
A resume should be succinct and clean. Try not to allow your resume to run on for pages when just a few will do.
Make sure you’re discussing what you achieved in the role, instead of just laying out what the role was. Does your resume have excessive white space that you can cut in order to tighten it to one or two pages?
- Convention in Naming
If you’re sending a resume electronically, make sure the naming convention isn’t generic. Go for “First name_last name_resume” instead of the more generic, “resume,” so that it will be easier for the recruiter to find your file in an electronic pile. You could also add the name of the position you’re applying for and the company to make it more personalized.
Remember the lesson of Elle Woods in Legally Blond and don’t make your resume too flashy. Adding scent to a CV may work in a Hollywood movie, but in real life, it will just make the HR Manager sneeze. Having too many font colors, randomly capitalized words, or even your picture could turn off a hiring manager. If you don’t know to whom you’re sending the resume, less is probably more from a design perspective.
Finally, there is the issue of flight risk. While we’re currently living in the gig economy, and the Freelancers Union says the majority of workers will become freelance in the next decade, employers still look at tenure as an issue, so make sure you present freelance work in the appropriate content.
New Year, New Resume
Wondering how to start off 2018 with a resume "bang?" Our Chicago-based Talent Representative and side hustle resume writer Amy Hayes, has some tips for you:
1. "Brand" yourself
2. Tailor. That. Resume.
3. Pair it with a Proper Portfolio
Need More Help?
We've got a guide for that!
Download our easy to digest guidebook, Resume Writing 101, to get more tips and tricks.
Then contact our talented team to discuss how we can help your career. From resume and interview tips to knowing what companies might best fit your skill set, we help job seekers and employers come together in the perfect match.
Ready to roll with that new resume?