The following is posted as part of my participation in the Recruiting Blogswap:
From: Karen Burns, Working Girl
Anyone who reads and thinks about jobs, job-hunting, and careers is always running up against the resume.
In Working Girl's humble opinion, job hunters spend too much time fretting about resumes and not enough time out looking for a job. Why? Probably because you can sit and work on a resume in the privacy and safety of your own home. It's risk-free! At least until you show it to someone.
Yes, a resume is important, and you gotta have one, but guess what: It won't get you a job. In fact, most of what is useful to be said about resumes is negative. Thus follows:
A Long List of Resume Don't's
- Don't make a single mistake on your resume. Not the eensiest, teensiest one.
- Don't lie.
- Don't use jargon, or weird colored paper, or funny fonts and formats.
- Don't bother including a "references available on request" line (duh-does anyone think you will refuse to supply references?)
- Don't bother saying "health-excellent." It only makes employers worry about your health. Also, don't mention if you are married or divorced, or have children.
- Don't think you have to include every single job you've ever had. A resume should be targeted at a specific, actual job. Every piece of info on that resume should be pertinent to that job.
- Don't include "salary requirements." Only talk about money when an offer is on the table.
- Don't mention hobbies and interests. Who cares. One possible exception: if the hobby has some real connection with the job. (E.g., you are interviewing to write for Outdoor magazine and your hobby is mountain-climbing.)
- Don't list reasons for leaving past jobs. Are you crazy?
- Don't use a silly-sounding email address. If you do, you ARE crazy!
- Don't write your resume as a list of job responsibilities. Employers care more about whether and how (if?) you fulfilled those responsibilities. Focus on accomplishments.
- Don't allow your resume to be more than two pages at the very most. One is best. No one is going to spend more than 15 seconds looking at it anyway.
- Don't obsess over your resume. Make it as perfect as you can and then get out there.
WG feels that the best use of a resume is as a really large business card--a leave-behind after you have interviewed a potential employer.
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching entry-level jobs and other career opportunities.