As a full time recruitment consultant for a major recruitment agency I look at hundreds of CV’s every week and every time I come across a simple error I am surprised that people aren’t more careful with what they send through for potential jobs.
In a job market where the unemployment percentage is rising, I would think everyone would want to put their best foot forward so to speak by making their resume a stand out. Most roles attract upward of a hundred plus applicants so it is crucial to get your resume and application right as it is the first thing employers or recruitment consultants will see of you.
NO SPELLING ERRORS. EVER.
Your resume may state under personal skills that you have high attention to detail but that spelling error in the subject line or cover letter says differently. With the invention of spell check there is really no excuse for poor grammar or poor spelling so make sure you go over the entire application with a fine tooth comb. If spelling is not your strong point then get a friend who is to go over it.
DON’T APPLY FOR SOMETHING YOU AREN’T QUALIFIED FOR
If the role says you need to have a specific qualification or skill set and you don’t have it, quite simply don’t apply for it. You are wasting your time and the employer’s time. If you have completed a TAFE course but have no direct experience in the field than that also puts your application into the practically pointless box. For example a HR Graduate should not be applying for HR Managers roles.
NOBODY CARES THAT YOU STARRED IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (OR THAT YOU GOT 15 MERIT AWARDS IN YEAR 7)
Some information is just irrelevant on resumes. When we are 16-18 years old and a school-leaver with no other work experience what-so-ever we are encouraged to put everything possible on the resume so it looks full and impressive. While this is fine at the time, some people forget to take it off when it becomes irrelevant. Un-clutter your resume and remove void information so as to make room for your applicable skills, experience and qualifications to shine through.
REMOVE PICTURES AND PERSONAL DETAILS IMMEDIATELY
Self portraits are tacky, unnecessary and open people up for discrimination. Unless you are applying for promotions or modelling work where images are crucial then remove it from your resume right away. Also remove other personal details that do not directly relate to your work capabilities such as marital status, number of children, place of birth etc. I would even go as far as suggesting that you take your date of birth off as well. All these aspects can leave you open to the kind of discrimination that goes under the radar but it also tells the employer nothing about your work ability at all.
A TITLE PAGE AND OTHER SUCH FLOURISHES ARE A WASTE
A title page on a resume is a wasted space and does nothing for your application; as are random coloured swirls and pointless images. It is best to keep it simple and straight to the point. You are not doing a high school project – this is your resume, one of the keys to your career.