7 Things To Triple Check Before You Send off Your Resume
Your dream job just came on the market and in your heart you know you'd be just perfect for it. But how do you get a nameless, faceless stranger to see that? Your resume is what will give them a window to your personality, but before you pour yourself into a paper, make sure you steer clear of these seven extremely off-putting mistakes in your excitement.
Check for typos
Very few recruiters have patience for people who couldn't be bothered to spellcheck their own resumes. Grammatical errors leave them with the impression that you're sloppy and aren't detail-oriented, two qualities that will almost always get you dismissed from the running for any job worth competing for. Go through your resume with a fine-toothed comb before hitting send.
Always send a cover letter
Even if it is the thousandth time you're applying for a job and you're beginning to get tired and lose hope, make sure you send a pleasant but to-the-point cover letter to your prospective employer. A well-written cover letter could well be the difference between a resume that actually gets read and one that languishes, forgotten, in the recruiter's inbox.
Keep the formatting simple
There is a fine line between an innovative resume and one that irritates and distracts the reader due to multiple fonts, bullets, colours and styles. You want to be remembered, but not for giving your recruiter a headache!
Tailor your resume for every job
Resumes are not one-size-fits-all proposition. Plus, they're meant to be brief and convince the recruiter that you're worth their time at a glance. So tailor your resume for jobs you really want, highlighting the skills that qualify you for the role and make you an asset. Be neither vague, nor overly verbose while talking about yourself.
Don't use an amateurish email address!
While firstname.lastname@example.org may have been okay to put into your friend's slam books in your teenage years, they should never be allowed onto your resume. If you don't have a simple first-name-last-name email address already, make one before you send your resume and stick to using only that for future professional correspondence.
Many job-seekers don't realise when they've crossed over from innocent exaggeration to flat-out lying. Don't list skills you don't possess, projects you didn't work on, people you assisted... you get the drift. Your recruiter may quiz you about anything you put on your resume and sooner or later, they'll know. Lying will ensure you never get called back, even when the company does have an opening you're suitable for at a later date because your recruiter doesn't trust you.
Never use "to whomsoever it may concern"
You come across as lazy and not motivated enough when you address your email like this. Take the time to dig around and find out who you're writing to, even if you're sending your resume to a generic HR email address.