You may think your resume and cover letter look perfect, but many people accidentally leave many mistakes on their resume. We aren’t only talking about spelling or formatting errors; we’re talking about approaches and generalization. If you’ve recently signed up for a jobcoach, you may have learned about some of these mistakes. If not, read further to help you nab that dream job.
As we mentioned, not all mistakes boil down to grammar, however, you should never send out a resume and cover letter without proofreading first. Many people miss out on a dream job because of a simple mistake on their resume. When a recruiter receives a resume with multiple grammar errors, they automatically assume the person doesn’t double check their work or seem very serious about the job. This is an automatic pass on a lot of resumes.
It’s easy to beat around the bush when you aren’t being specific. You may think you aren’t lying and you’re being professional, but you’re really make your own resume look bad. Instead of writing something as basic as, “worked in a restaurant for a year”, you may want to put something like, “worked in a fast-paced restaurant setting for one year in which I trained new employees. This fast paced environment generated $1 million in sales for the 2014-2015 season.”
When you’re more specific, you appear to know more about previous jobs instead of trying to coast through that job. You seem more dedicated and appear as a better fit for a higher position. By being specific, you can grab the recruiter’s attention and they may want to ask you more.
You may want to apply for an array of different jobs and that’s okay, but you should highly avoid making a “one size fits all” type of resume. This can go hand in hand with the above tip, as you can’t mention specifics if it doesn’t apply to the industry you’re applying for. If you really want a job, cater each resume to the job description and you’ll seem 10x more approachable for the position. Make sure you go into detail with each skill or experience section you’re creating.
Beside a cover letter, an objective is the first thing a recruiter sees. Instead of writing something like, “seeking a challenging environment to grow as an employee in this industry”, one should write something that is more specific and features another goal that you wish you make with this job. One of these goals could be furthering a certain section of the company with your current skillset.
There are many ways to spice up that resume and cover letter as well as making yourself appear desirable. Make sure to always read the job description and include their preferred experience on your resume as skill you may already have. Always address each part of the job description and more to make yourself appear as a suitable candidate.