Bad Resume Tips – What Not To Do

Jun 18, 2019 by

There are a lot of different resume writing tips you can find out there. You will notice different people have different advice, from an amateur career advice blogger, productivity guru, to pro resume writers.

Some of the advice they give make sense, while there are some that don’t.

Below are some you should avoid.

One Caveat: Some of the advice you get are good under specific circumstances. We will explain everything.

Bad Tip 1: Sticking to a one-page resume

This tip is valid if you have graduated recently or starting out on your career.

If you have enough skills and experience that can going to fill more than a page, then you can go ahead and make a one-page resume.

If you are looking to get a one-page resume, but it means having to erase a big part of your employment history, then you should think more about your decision. Navigating a career transition is not easy, so try not to leave any relevant information out.

When you tailor the resume to fit the needs and requirements of the employee as listed, make sure all relevant work experience is there. If you find that your list is getting too long, then consider limiting the amount of information you are providing. You should try focusing on 3-5 bullet points per position because it will end up showcasing the experience and skills you have without making it too long.

You should never leave out selling points because you are trying to keep your page count low. A common mistake people make is changing line spacing and font size to force everything to fit in one page, don’t do this. If the pages are going to be two or more, just let it be.

Bad tip 2: A cover letter is not important

This is a perfect example of bad advice. You need to have a cover letter.

The main reason is that it is required.

Even if the cover letter is not required, it is still a good idea to write a cover letter because it is going to show how motivated and enthusiastic you are about getting the job. When you attach a unique and tailored letter, it shows that you are giving the application attention and not just spamming different employers with the same resume.

A cover letter can be used in clarifying important information such as reasons for changing career or long breaks from work. Above all, it will help the recruiter see that there is a human behind that application. The process of recruitment today is impersonal, and this makes it much easier for the recruiter to reject a candidate. If you want to stand out from the rest, write a good cover letter.

Bad Tip 3: You don’t have to write resume objectives

There are some experts arguing that writing it will sabotage your efforts. What they really mean is writing a bad resume is going to hurt you.

If you write a good resume objective, then it is going to serve as the reminder of what you can do. This is going to clarify your intentions, and the recruiter is going to know that you deserve to be on the right pile – this can win a recruiter when done right.

A resume objective is an important tool if you are a recent graduate or if changing career. An experienced professional interested in changing jobs can use a resume summary.

A resume objective will be telling the recruiter what you want to do while a summary will offer a career recap.

Either of the two can be very important, especially with the recruitment process today that heavily rely on applicant tracking systems. You will have the chance of pitching your experience and skills keywords and make the system work in your favor.

Bad tip 4: Do not put hobbies in your resume

There are some people who see the hobby section as something of the past – this is where a person was supposed to be seen as an actual person.

Other people see this as a waste of space.

The bottom line is; if it is making sense to have the hobbies section when applying for a given job, do it. Cultural fit is something that some employers consider, and if your passions and interests match with the vibes of the company, then you can be the perfect fit for them.

You should never lie or be overly general. If you want to include reading books as one of the hobbies, don’t just put “books” in the section, try to be a little more specific. If they see “books”, they can assume the last time you read a book was when you were preparing for your last exam.

Almost everyone like traveling and watching movies. Choose less generic detail because it is going to help the recruiter or potential employer have a rough idea of what you are about.

Bad Tip 5: Skipping the soft skills

Excellent verbal and written communication, professionalism, and multitasking can seem like skills that can be listed by anyone who has even had a job.

ATS has made it important to list things you think are obvious. The software might throw your resume into oblivion if you don’t write them up.

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