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Common resume mistakes and blunders to avoid


Are you looking for job and sending out your resume but not getting any call backs for an interview. This could be due to your resume design and style. What is the perfect resume? It is difficult to create the perfect resume that stands out and over styling without going too far and making it to the point offing distracting.

A resume is a marketing document that showcases your skills and work accomplishments. However, for those people whose work is visual and better displayed in a portfolio, a resume can be difficult to create.

Writing the perfect resume is no easy feat. It is challenging to come up the correct balance in style, format, font and wording. When creating a resume, you want to try produce a document that will catch the recruiter’s eye and create interest, and persuade the recruiter to call you for a follow-up interview.

Here are a few tips and advise to creating the perfect resume:

Use a simple template – Generally, a recruiter will spend a few seconds looking at a resume. If your resume is too artsy or difficult to find the important information, it will probably land up in the trash.

Limit yourself to one page – Unless you are applying for an executive position, you should try to keep your resume to one page with a maximum of two. If you do have an extensive work history, then definitely include a summary highlights your expertise and skills.

Use the correct font and size – Make sure that your resume is easy on the eye and printed with the correct font size. If you need to squint your to read your resume, then it just land up in the trash. Never try to use a smaller font just to include more information.

Avoid using too much information – Highlight the most important points about your job description. use bullet points and short paragraphs to enhance readability.

Simple black and white – Use a simple font and never use colors. A good resume should be clear, legible and easy to read.

Run a spell check – A sure resume killer are misspelling and grammatical errors. Before sending out any resume, make sure to run a spell check and proofread it a few times. As a member of your family or a friend to read it.

Clear employment dates – When listing your employment history make sure that your employment dates are easy to identify. Don’t try camouflage or hide your employment history. Better to be honest on resume and get the call back.

No photo required – Remember you are applying for a job and not a beauty pageant. Recruiters are not looking to see what you look like. Rather they want to know more about experience and skills. Photos only cause distraction and according to statistics, the vast majority of resumes that include photos are passed over.

Avoid using too many bullet points – Don’t use more than 6 bullet points per job description. Its better to short, simple, clear and succinct job descriptions.

We all want our resume to stand out and the best resumes are those that are well written, clear and concise.


Important Resume Cover Letter Guidelines

Cover Letter

Resume cover letters should be tailored specifically for each job  position you apply for. The overall theme is to make your documents employer-oriented and specifically aimed at meeting the company’s needs.

Get a Name –  Addressing your cover letter to a specific person will make sure your documents get to the right person. Try not to address it in a generic manner.

Start strong – Begin the first paragraph with a value-packed statement saying what you offer and how it ties into the company vacancy. Emphasize the job title so it can be eye-catching to a Hiring Manager. Reference your enclosed resume in the first paragraph, so the reader can move on to that document if they choose to. Not all cover letters are read but it’s much better to send one than not send one.

Meet company needs and requirements  – Firstly, the approach of a cover letter should be for quick and easy readability. Highlight your skills or qualifications with bullet points so that the employer can quickly see how you meet the position’s needs. Three to five bullets will suffice; more than that can look excessive.

Use the correct job posting terminology – Have a copy of the job specification or details near you when promoting yourself as you should use the terminology of the job posting so you and the employer begin to speak the same language.

Identify the most important job requirements – If the job posting has a list of 20 different requirements, those requirements closer to the top of the list are generally the most important of the group. Emphasize your skills and qualifications that match with the beginning of the list, and not the lesser tasks near the end.

Close with a Call to Action – For the closing paragraph, state that you’d appreciate the opportunity to explain how your skills match their needs during an interview. Explain how and when you will follow-up with them to schedule a mutually convenient meeting.

In summary, customizing these documents will take time, but the cover letter is going to be the document that will introduce your resume. It is worth the effort to make the match and capture the reader’s interest with any opportunity you have to do so, to better your chances to advance on to the interview.


The Importance of Having References Ready

Resumes References

It is vital to have your professional documents and references on hand. So many job candidates forget this important step. Being prepared is what success is all about. Here are some important things to note in this regard.

It is critical that all your professional documents are up to date and ready to go. This includes your references from you career. If someone called you today for a great opportunity, would you have these important documents handy or are you going to now have to scramble???

Preparation is a key to success in your career progression. Invest effort and time to decide who you would like to use as a referral. Meet that person, update them on your career. Ask if they would do you a written reference or a telephonic one needed. Ask that persons advise about what you could improve on. Give her or him an updated copy of your CV.

You should aim to have at least 3 references listed at the end of your CV with their contact information as well as how you know them. It is recommended to always stay in touch with your past Colleagues so that you have up to date information as well as informing them of your progress through your career.

If you stay up to date and follow the above process, your references will be ready to go and you will have a rough idea of what will be said about you to your new prospective employers. Another upside is if your references know that you are looking for new career opportunities they may be able to swing some your way.


9 Reasons Why You Need a CV


During a job search, your resume plays a major role. It provides proof that you’re capable of doing the job. However, having a resume even if you’re not looking for a job is also important. Here are nine reasons why you need a resume, even if you have a job:

1. To Ensure Client Loyalty – Clients and customers are always on the lookout for a better, quicker, more attractive response!

2. To Attract New Clients or Customers – Whether the plan is growth, replacing clients lost through attrition, or just ensuring a fair share of the American Pie, everyone needs new customers.

3. To Improve or Maintain Status in an Industry or Field – Visibly impressive qualifications communicated well and often ensure that few people will have ill words to speak.

4. To Provide Job Security – If changes need to be made, a manager will be less likely to delete someone who clearly has the skills, knowledge, and ability to do the job.

5. To Obtain a Raise – Not only will an updated resume provide the needed justification, but also it gently reminds the boss that you are a well-qualified employee that would be sought after by competitors.

6. To Confirm Self-Worth – A resume is a great way to sit back and look objectively at oneself to see what others may: A pat on the back if done correctly!

7. To Identify Gaps in Skills, Knowledge, or Abilities – No one wants to have to look for work because they lost their job. Be prepared, keep a current resume, and keep skills current.

8. To Find a New Job – Change is sometimes forced on a worker.

9. To Find a New Opportunity – A visible resume posted online or shared among a network of trusted friends or colleagues could open doors to opportunities not recognized


Five tips to make your CV visually appealing


If your resume is not visually appealing, chances are people will not want to read your CV or take note of it. You must always ensure that your CV is easy to read with a compelling message. Using fancy graphs or graphics is not advisable as it might not be able to be read by software that companies use to rank CV’s.

Here are five tips to help make your CV visually appealing.

Utilize color and shading – Resumes today are submitted electronically, which means it’ll likely be read from the computer screen or a device. Using color and shading for key parts of the resume can help highlight areas of importance. Consistency in color and shading will help the reader follow the information presented.

Add testimonials – Testimonials may come from your boss, co-workers, or clients and can help bring home key messages concerning your talent and capabilities. They also give a nice break in the resume from the typical short paragraphs and bullets points.

Consistently use bold type face for companies and accomplishments – Using bold type face helps break up information on your resume to make it easily digestible, but it has to be used in a consistent fashion. When listing your Work Experience, use bold type face for each employer and apply it to key points of accomplishments.

Use digits for number, including when under 10 – A resume is made up heavily of text, so when there are numbers included, it jumps out at the reader.

Include a section on Career Achievements – Every resume should have “Wow” statements. It’s nothing to go overboard with – just four short sentences or less to bring home points of success and accomplishment in your career that will directly relate to the prospective employer and job.

An effective resume not only brings home the right message, but makes it easy for the reader to see those points.