By Parika Kalra
Resume plays a major role when applying for a dream job and offers recruiters the first impressions about you and your capabilities as a potential candidate. Resume is the first impression about you and as we all know the ‘first impression is the last impression’. To appeal to recruiters your CV and resume must be clear, concise yet should be able to deliver the right message that you are the best candidate for the role.
Here are some of the critical mistakes every fresher must avoid:
Poor readability means the resume is difficult for the hiring managers to read. A candidate can choose a resume format that is available. Recruiters often don’t look at each and every resume thoroughly. The kind of information recruiters are looking for must be readily available in front of their eyes. For this candidates can use proper formatting, structure, line breaks, paragraph breaks, bold headings, correct font and size. The resume should be easy to read and must not have too much information.
Not altering the resume
Every person is different and so is the job. This is a very common mistake that every third person is making. While applying for the different job profiles, candidates use the same resume format for each one of them. Making one resume and submitting that resume everywhere is not enough. Therefore, they are required to alter the information as per the keywords in the job description.
Grammatical errors and outdated information
This is one of the silliest mistakes that some candidates make. No matter the role you are applying for, if you make spelling and grammar mistakes it gives recruiters the impression that you are not someone who pays attention to details. On the other hand, candidates do not update the information on the resume; they put their old contact number and communicating address. So as a result the recruiter is not able to reach out to the candidates.
Not listing out learnings and results
Normally candidates list out all the roles and job responsibilities they performed but often forget to mention about their learnings and their end results achieved. At the end of the day what matters is your learning from your experience and the result that came out from your performance.
Recruiters often spend a lot of their time scanning through piles of resumes and so it is important to have a resume that catches their attention immediately. The resume is a paper that can decide your fate and this resume should be very precise to the important information that needs to be communicated. The resume should not be very long and must not have irrelevant or personal information and also the information provided on the resume must be true, no lies.
Parika is an intern with TimesJobs.