Resume is a marketing-communication tool for the job seeker. While drafting a resume keep in mind that it is not just a document, it is your ticket to a great job. You need to stir the interest of the prospective employers while they go through your resume. Every hiring manager goes through hundreds of resumes for each job posting before recruiting the right candidate. Most of these resumes are trashed at the first instant as they do not meet the basic requirements. Here is a list of things you need to avoid while writing the resume:
Spelling/ grammatical errors
Edit and re-edit the document again and again. Run a spell-check and if you are still unsure have it reviewed by a person you consider to have good communication skills.
Keeping it too short or too long
There is no hard or fast rule as to what the length of the resume should be. While most people believe it should be a one-pager, it can be extended to two pages of some more details are required. Too long of a document is also not considered good because the hiring manager usually has about 30 seconds to scan the resume.
Providing personal details
There is no need to mention your gender, nationality, blood group or other personal details unless these are requested by the employer.
Stating reasons for leaving the previous job
These can be explained in the interview if a question arises. Resume should be short and precise document stating your skills and abilities and why you might be a good contribution to the prospective organization.
Stating salary details
Previous and expected salary figures should and will be discussed in the interview and it will require good negotiation skills. Stating on the resume is not a wise idea.
Stating responsibilities not accomplishments
The hiring manager or employer is not interested in knowing what you have been ‘responsible for’ at your previous jobs. They want to know what you were able to achieve for the company you have worked for.