Melbourne, FL (PRWEB) July 28, 2014
“Even if an individual is not in the market for a new job, it is important to make time each year to update the resume,” states Career Directors International (CDI) President, Laura DeCarlo. When CDI registered Update Your Resume Month in September 14 years ago, it was because of the need to put this important piece of career-care-taking at the forefront of employed persons’ minds.
DeCarlo adds, “It’s far too easy to wait to update the resume. But, then when it is needed, the individual is left scrambling to remember all the accomplishments, accolades, and training that need to be added. Instead, plan to spend time at least once a year on an update while the knowledge is fresh.” To that end, CDI shares these four major mistakes that should be avoided when writing or updating the resume.
Mistake #1: Writing the resume solely for the decision maker
Never assume the resume is going to go directly into the hands of the person who understands the experience. Most commonly, the resume starts in the hands of a screener, like an HR clerk, or is scanned by a computerized system.
Therefore, a resume must speak thoughtfully to all potential parties with:
This is a costly mistake thinking that the reviewer will ‘find’ what is important because he/she will read every word and every line. Resumes get skimmed at best until the resume makes it through screening to a small stack of promising candidates.
To get through that screening the layout and content must make it easy for the reviewer to find what they need with:
If ten individuals are qualified for a job, then it is pretty much a guarantee that all ten have had similar responsibilities. Responsibilities alone are not what is going to make a resume stand out.
Responsibilities are what is going to get the resume pitched against candidates who sell themselves.
To sell, a resume must tell a CAR story with the content. CAR is challenge, action, and result. To accomplish this create:
Typographical errors and content inconsistencies might seem insignificant, but they can leave a great candidate out of consideration for a job.
While an engineer might not use spelling much on the job, the fact that a resume is submitted with such little lack of attention to detail will reflect on what is assumed is the individual’s attention to detail on all fronts.
So, once a great resume is prepared, don’t leave it to chance. Instead have:
About CDI: Career Directors International – http://www.careerdirectors.com
CDI is a global membership organization that is committed to ensuring that career and resume professionals can grow and thrive in a rich, vibrant, exciting, and nurturing environment. CDI is focused on championing the industry’s cause for credibility and visibility; fostering exceptional success in every generation of career and resume professionals; and cultivating the career superhero that exists within each one of us.