The concept of a resume has been in formation for quite a long time and by now it has acquired certain guidelines along which the majority of samples you can find online are written. In order to not only write your resume successfully, but also produce favorable impression on potential employers, you have to avoid some common mistakes:
- Avoid redundancy. Numerous resume samples feature phrases like “Available for interview at any time” or “Can be contacted at any time”, although the very fact that you submit a resume should be enough to understand that you hope to be interviewed.
- Many people like to meticulously enumerate all the work experiences they had in their lives, starting with part-time job as a waiter in a café when they were 16. It may be the result of self-doubt or the fact that a resume provided online doesn’t require either paper or ink to be wasted, but still you better avoid it.
- Mention only the samples of job experiences that are relevant for the position you apply for and something in addition to show the diversity of your interests and abilities. Also avoid mentioning things that happened long ago.
- Don’t write anything that may have negative impression upon your potential employer. For example, your resume will only benefit if you don’t write about your continuous disagreements with the previous employer or the fact that you have been once fired for excessive drinking.
If you are sending your resume online, try to put it in the body of the letter, not attach it. Many spam-filters block attachments and even more people tend to delete the mail with something suspiciously attached to it without opening. People hear about viruses too much to open every single letter they receive.