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Five Resume Mistakes That Will Keep Employers From Calling You

Do you find yourself applying to positions that you are sure you are the best qualified, but you still get no response? It may be more than just competition, the problem may be your resume. Here are five reasons you might not be getting interviews.

  1. Your resume leaves off vital information.

    You must illustrate that you have the best qualifications by listing all your relevant responsibilities, certifications, education, professional training and technical skills that relate to your current career objective. Don’t forget volunteer work that demonstrates skills needed for your next job. Key industry words and phrases are also very important.

  2. Your resume has too much useless information.

    This is a common problem for those who update their resume simply by adding new text to an old resume. If this is your update method, chances are your resume has a lot of dead wood that needs trimming. A good rule of thumb is that everything on your resume should relate to your current career objection. That means before adding new information, check the old text to see if it still relates. If not, you may need to change the emphasis on prior employment entries, or delete extraneous details.

  3. Your resume doesn’t show enough experience.

    If you are short on needed experience showcase the next best thing, your transferable skills. Include your accomplishments that illustrate your most important transferable skills needed for the job. Your transferable skills may include customer service, problem solving, client relationship building, cost cutting or revenue generating.

  4. Your resume shows too much experience.

    If you feel you are being labeled “overqualified” maybe that’s just what your resume is saying. If you apply for a non-management position, emphasize your ability as an individual contributor. Write about what you accomplished as part of a team rather than how you led the team. Illustrate how you contributed to the development of a new process rather than how you designed the process.

  5. Your resume lacks results.

    In today’s difficult economy employers are looking for people who can impact the bottom line. Every company wants employees who can save money, contribute to revenue growth, streamline a procedure and keep customers happy. Make sure your resume includes accomplishments that result in these corporate initiatives. Quantifiable results give you the sharpest edge against all other job applicants who have the same qualifications as you.

Competition for good jobs will continue to be high. A well written resume is your best tool to help get you in front of hiring managers who will call you for interview. Don’t let another good opportunity pass you by. Improve your resume and improve your chances for your next job.

- Deborah Walker, CCMC

Resume Writer ~ Career Coach

Find resume and job-search tips in the article archive at www.AlphaAdvantage.com

Email: Deb@AlphaAdvantage.com

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