Over and over again, the centrality of resumes in employment schemes has been emphatically proclaimed by a multitude of stakeholders of relevance. This bears unquestionable significance given the fact that the process of applying for jobs and getting subsequently employed is a daunting task these days especially in view of the fact that global economies are highly unstable and the competition for available job openings is colossal.
For the above-mentioned reason among others, the onus is on the applicant when creating or updating his/her resume to endeavor that a positively-inclined and result-oriented document is obtained. A very good way of achieving this is by ensuring that his/her resume is devoid of commonplace errors/ blunders that can diminish his/her chances of getting employed.
Some of the worst mistakes that must be avoided when writing a resume are discussed below;
- Grammatical Blunders
An error-filled resume is an aberration that greatly reduces a candidate’s employment opportunities. Grammatical, typographical, vocabulary and punctuation mistakes must be avoided at all costs. Poorly structured resumes infer ineptitude on the applicant’s part.
- Irrelevant Employment History
The inclusion of inappropriate or unrelated employment history in a resume is highly frowned upon by many a recruiter. The applicant should ensure that only previous job experiences with transferrable job descriptions with the position being sought are documented in his/her resume.
- Too Lengthy
A resume is expected to be a succinct summary of the candidate’s career objectives, relevant skills, work experience and also educational qualifications. Most acceptable resumes are single-paged. Using bullets and apt keywords helps in constricting a resume such that it is straightforward and concise.
It is bad practice to include references in a resume. If and whenever the need for references and/or recommendations arises in the future, the recruiter would accordingly request for such. However, until such a time, the candidate is advised to avoid the inclusion of references in his/her resume.
- Remuneration Details
Similar to the point stated immediately above, the candidate should never include details of his/her previous or present wage structure or remuneration received in his/her resume. There would be sufficient time and avenues to discuss financial or monetary matters appropriately.
- Religious And Political Affiliations
Including pieces of information that could generate debates and controversies should be avoided by the candidate. Religious beliefs as well as political inclinations are not recommended to be incorporated in an effective resume. Doing so can be significantly detrimental to the candidate’s employability.
Inserting hobbies and pastimes in a resume is highly unprofessional and should be totally avoided. These leisure activities are by and large inconsequential to the employment process.
Falsifying information is a fraudulent, criminal and illegal practice. The candidate must be truthful and honest when writing his/her resume. Honesty is the best policy and being sincere always is the best practice.
- Personal Information
Hiring managers do not want to see private and confidential items of information in a candidate’s resume. It is not only abhorrent, but also unethical to include personal details in a resume. This act should be stringently eschewed.
- Inappropriate Email Addresses
Using unprofessional and casual email addresses is improper. It smacks of irresponsibility and nonchalance to make use of inadequate email addresses when creating a resume.