I’m often asked why an individual isn’t getting any interviews with his or her resume. Generally speaking, I see these problems.
1. The content is too vague, especially in the opening summary. The beginning of your resume is valuable real estate. You need to get to the point quickly and explain why you are the best candidate for the position. Writing something like Proven success in closing sales may sound good to you, but it tells the hiring manager nothing. It’s a self-serving statement, your opinion on the matter, unless you add a recent/relevant/quantified accomplishment. Such as: Proven success in closing sales as evidenced by the 48% increase in revenue over a six-month period with the addition of XYZ and ABC companies, two Fortune-500 concerns.
2. You’re telling the hiring manager what you want, rather than proving what you can do for the company. Never use an objective that states your goals, ideals or wish list for a job. Hiring managers couldn’t care less. All they want to know is how you can make or save their company money.
3. You’ve included negatives in your resume. Telling a hiring manager that you’ve been laid off from a job or you’ve had a major illness or you have no experience in the job responsibilities you’re applying for is counterproductive. If you don’t have the skills, don’t apply. If you’re in good health, that’s all that matters. If you were laid off, the time to discuss the matter is during the interview, not in the resume. A resume is a marketing document with you as the product.
4. You’re including personal information that could hurt you. If you’re an accountant and you list collecting gold coins as a hobby, the hiring manager can’t help but wonder where you’re getting the cash to do something so extravagant. If you boast on your resume about loving and participating in extreme sports, the hiring manager is going to be a bit concerned about the health insurance benefits you’ll eat up if you get injured.
These are just a few of the mistakes you can make on your resume. If you’re not getting any calls to interview from yours, it’s best to have a professional create one for you.