Five resume mega #fails!

There is no end of resume writing advice available for job seekers, both online and offline.

Yet, as worldwide recruiters, at Firebrand we constantly see talented people reduce their chances in a competitive job market by submitting poorly crafted resumes.

Remember this above all else:

Your resume will never get you a job. Its purpose is to secure you an interview!

So with that in mind, your resume should provide enough information to entice a call back, but not so much that you talk yourself out of an interview, or lose a busy recruiter in a sea of narrative that they will never read!

Here is a quick checklist of 5 #fails when preparing your resume. No science here. Just irritating resume flaws that will reduce your chances of an interview:

  1. Too long. Remember, you are not trying to showcase everything you have done. Nor do you cram in every achievement from grade school onwards. Your resume just needs to reveal enough to get you a phone conversation with the hiring manager or recruiter, and preferably an interview. Two pages is enough. Three, max. Keep it tight. Bullet points are good. You may need two versions of your resume, even three, depending on what type of role you are gunning for.
  2. Lies. Err, don’t. You will be caught out. Goodbye new job.
  3. Your salary expectation. Do not include it. You are flexible in reality, aren’t you? And what’s more you may be underselling yourself. Talk about salary when a job offer is imminent, and it certainly is not when you are simply submitting resume.
  4. A photo. No, thanks. Please don’t include one. Won’t help, even if you think you are looking particularly sharp at the moment. Unless it’s a modeling job, no photo.
  5. Sharing. Too much detail that is. Don’t do it. Your responsibilities when working as an usher at the Royal Easter show, for example. Seriously. We don’t want to know. Why you were fired from a job will have to be explained to get a new one, but don’t put it on your resume. How fantastic you think you are? Not a good idea to spell that out on your resume. The fact you came third in Under 14 cross country at school. Who cares? The name and ages of your children, not relevant.

Your resume is a delicate balancing act between showcasing your talent and ability while at the same time keeping it lean and readable in 7 to 10 minutes. All you want to get is that interview. Then the real you can take centre stage.


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