Resume Slip-Ups

Five mistakes that can cost you the job

You’re just about to mail your resume when you spot a small faux pas. Should you assume I no one will notice? Not if you want that interview.

“A small error on your resume could kill your job search,” cautions Robin Ryan, a career coach and author of Winning Resumes (John Wiley & Sons, $10.95). “Employers want a winning employee, so they look for a topnotch resume.” For this reason, it’s imperative that it be complete, accurate and professional in appearance. Ryan advises that you avoid these common resume pitfalls:

Using two or more pages. Create a stronger impact by limiting your resume to one page. Focus on your work over the last four years, highlighting only relevant information and accomplishments. ..BL.-
Being dishonest. Don’t stretch the truth about your educational background or other credentials. Many employers do an extensive investigation of their new employees shortly after they’re hired; liars may be tired.

Overusing gimmicks. Employers aren’t impressed by colored paper or fancy typefaces. Stick to resumes that are laser-printed or reproduced by a high-quality copier. .

Listing duties rather than accomplishments. Your resume should give concrete examples of how you saved money, increased profits or improved productivity. Companies want employees who get results.

Using a generic approach. Don’t send the same resume to everyone. The skills, actions, and results on your resume should be tailored to the job that you’re applying for–that’s the only way you’ll get noticed.

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