10 Things to avoid when writing a Resume

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resume 4 Currently, many Filipinos here and abroad have lost their jobs due to the global economic crisis. Thousands of pinoys line-up everyday just to submit their resumes and hopefully get a call for a job interview. Some new graduates and professionals use the company’s online access to submit their resumes to save time and money.

In any occasion it is imperative that you put your “best foot” forward on your job resumes. The manager/hiring personnel don’t have the slightest idea who or what you can do for their company and your only “ammo” is your resume. But still, most people still commit the same mistakes over and over again. Their motto? “Just be yourself and wing it!” or “Just do it like Mike!”. If there are 1,000 applicants for a job position, don’t you want to be best guy among the pack? Of course!

To help you with this quest, we list the things you should avoid while composing your curriculum vitae (CV) and have a fighting chance on that dream job of a lifetime.

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1. Your Resume is soooo long

This would be alright if your job interviewer is a par time story teller or you are the only one applying for the position. Otherwise, too much details of yourself and your past will not give you extra “browny” points. 1-2 pages or a page is more than enough to showcase relevant information about yourself and your experiences related to the job.

Remember, the hiring personnel deal with probably hundreds or thousands of Resume pages from different applicants. They only look for certain “keywords” or qualities in your resume, other details are literally “garbage”.

2. Too much Personal attributes

Don’t include information about your age, height, weight, blood type, religion and other personal traits that sounds irrelevant to the job position you are applying for. There could be some exceptions if the job you’re applying at requires those things (then you could include them). But if you’re applying as a bank teller or as an IT consultant; giving your weight and religion affiliates will do you nothing or it may even cost you to lose the position.

3. Misspellings and grammatical errors

If you’re applying for an editorial job or to a newspaper firm, this is a critical thing you should watch on your Resume. Word processing softwares have built-in dictionary and real time word checkers that can help you check the spelling and grammar compositions of your work. Online dictionaries are also at your disposal and serve as good tools when writing your C.V. masterpiece. You can even ask your mom or your friends about your composition.

The rule of thumb is: If you feel you’re not sure about your work, DON’T send it.

4. Including your hobbies and interests

“I like to eat ice cream and chocolates”, “I love to play with spiders and step on cockroaches” or “I love chatting with my friends”.

Save these things on your blog or your personal diary. Listing those things in your Resume would only make the H.R. manager either laugh or get piss but most probably you will not get a call nor a text message for a job interview. Again, list only those which would “build” you up and may sound relevant to the job you are applying for. Don’t “un-bare” your soul, instead, create suspense and save these details for your job interview.

5. Don’t lie about your qualifications

Today, job managers are smarter and they will counter check the “magnificent” details you included in your Resume. They will call the contact persons you listed on your character references. So don’t write hoaxes and “make-up” stories on your achievements and experiences and instead include those what you really did or achieved.

You are in a better position if you don’t lie. It would also be embarrassing if the job manager caught your lies during the interview because you forgot that you included those “things” in your Resume.

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6. Resumes with “love bug”

Always make sure that the word document, RTF, TXT or other word format of your C.V. is free from viruses. Your job manager would surely trash your Resume immediately if your file contains malicious codes. Nowadays, some companies provide online tool where you can paste the details of your resume but some don’t. Please be very careful on this or else the company you are eyeing at might “close down” because of the virus you sent.

7. Don’t use fancy papers and “alien-like” fonts

It is best to use standard white bond paper to write your Resume. Don’t use stationery types, colored paper or even scented paper (if the person has an allergy, your resume paper might trigger it!).

Also, limit yourself from using fancy, out of this world and space-age fonts. Use Arial or Times New Roman with a minimum of 12-size font. Don’t let the H.R. personnel use a magnifying lens to read your Resume. Make sure your composition is easy and “comfortable” to read.

8. Avoid including outdated information

If you graduated from college 15 yrs ago and you’re now looking for a job, don’t include your past college “escapades”. In fact avoid writing about your Elementary achievements (that you won the sack race or a singing contest) or High school honorable mentions. None of these will give you the edge on getting that dream job.

If you’re a new student graduate, site the things or activities you did in college that can help the company you are applying at. Expound on the qualities you learned from these activities to build yourself up. Again, don’t give too much, create a mystery. Save your “ammo” for the job interview and you will look great.

On other hand, if you had a job 10 yrs ago, don’t include it in your C.V. details. Write the most recent job experiences you had and how would that help you be productive and become an asset for the company.

9. Avoid being too boring

Be dynamic on writing your Resume. Avoid using the same words over and over again, use your online dictionary tools (no need to consult big old webster) and flaunt your vocabulary knowledge even if you don’t use those words everyday.

As the old saying goes, “Action speaks louder than words”, use active verbs to describe your previous job accomplishments. Don’t be too modest (but don’t brag too much), always remember that you only have one chance on this job. That will surely get your blood rise and force you to do what is right.

10. Don’t “slam” your previous job

Finally, if you’re fired from your previous day job or resign due to your “boss from hell”, don’t include the messy details on your resume. (but write only a little…. just kidding alright!)

Put yourself on the interviewer’s shoes, “what if this guy leave my company, would he/she tell the same (grimm) details about me??” Of course, no one would like that, right? Remember, discussing negative things doesn’t help you with your job hunt, save it for your dog or cat.


1 Response for “10 Things to avoid when writing a Resume”

  1. Thanks Jeffrey. We'll look forward seeing you here! =)

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