With the economic downturn, more and more people are looking for employment. Which means it’s extremely important to have a resume that stands out from the rest. Here are eight common resume mistakes that could cost you your dream job.
8. Don’t Focus On The Negatives
Far too many job applicants spend too much time including information that actually turns employers off. Put yourself in the shoes of your potential boss. Does he need to know that you accidentally invented AIDS when he’s considering you for a position? Probably not.
7. The Use Of Threats
While you might be desperate for a job, threatening your potential employer will actually make him or her less likely to hire you. Always maintain a professional tone no matter what your financial situation may be.
6. Poor Choice Of References
Be sure to only include references that highlight your professional history. Persons with which you have a volatile relationship, personal friends or family members should not be included.
5. Poor Choice Of Design
The design of a resume is the first thing a potential employer notices. It needs to be easy on the eye and promote the words on the page in an friendly and inviting manner. If possible, try to leave off symbols of hate when desiging your resume.
4. Including Irrelevant Info
Most employers glance at a resume for 10 seconds. Don’t waste any space by providing information that an employer doesn’t need to know. Keep your resume focused on what you do well in your field of expertise.
3. Listing Your Religious Affiliation
Most employers do not need to know your religious affiliation, and in some cases, listing this information could cause an employer to not consider you for a position.
2. Choice Of Font
When choosing a font for your resume, make sure you use a professionally-accepted typeface. Fonts such as "wingdings" (shown above) are difficult to read because they do not use letters of the English alphabet.
1. The Inclusion Of Homosexual "Bears"
While most people do enjoy the sight of a large, hairy homosexual man in various poses, there’s no guarantee that your potential employer is into "bears." Just to be safe, make sure you take any and all photos of "bears" off your resume.