Make a Good Impression: Avoid Résumé Blunders
Even though the employment market is currently good for job seekers, you can't afford to get complacent with your résumé. A significant number of managers initially spend less than one minute looking at a résumé, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. To distinguish yours from the rest of the pack, it's best to customize your résumé for the open position, while including a succinct but informative cover letter. You also should list your skill sets at or near the top of the résumé because that's what recruiters are most interested in seeing. "If crafted well, your résumé is one of the most valuable marketing tools you have," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "In a matter of seconds, it can make or break your chances of moving along the hiring journey with a company. That's why it's important to be proactive with your résumé and avoid embellishments or mistakes. Take advantage of the tools available to you. The worst thing you can do is send a generic copy out to employers and then sit and hope for a response." To demonstrate what not to include in a résumé, CareerBuilder also compiled real-life, often-humorous résumé blunders, and we've included some of those here. A total of 2,575 hiring and HR managers took part in the research.