So I'm here at work going through a stack of resumes for people who applied for a position that is currently open. I'm just writing out the
"thanks but no thanks" letters, but I've come across several things that a lot of people do that make me immediately toss their resume in the trash. I know I cannot be the only one.
Here's a list of tips for writing a resume that people will actually read (based on mistakes I've seen just today):
Those are my tips for the day. If you think you may have committed one of these sins, PM me. To save others from having to go through this crap, I'd be happy to edit someones resume.
- Make sure your name is spelled correctly
- Keep your cover letter down to one page. I do not have time to read a 6 page essay on why you did a lot of volunteer work in college.
- Make sure you are qualified for the open position. If you're applying for a job as a computer tech, don't tell all about your art history classes.
- Spell check the entire document.
- Keep your resume down to 2 pages, max.
- Do not list every job you have had for the past 108 years, from your childhood newspaper route to the present. I don't care.
- Check the formatting of your document. If "Sincerely," appears on one page, and your name on the other, something is wrong.
- Do not attach original college transcrips to your application. If I want transcrips I'll ask for them.
- There is no need to list 10 references, with their address and phone number. Nor letters from each of them. If an ad specifically asks for references provide 3-5. If it doesn't ask for them, a simple "Excellent references provided upon request" is just fine.
- I do not want to read your college thesis paper on the gestation period of killer whales.
- I know printing your resume on nice bond paper is a good thing, but don't print it on card stock.
- Don't print your resume on pink, softly flowered paper. Or paper of any color but white for that matter.
- Don't hand write your cover letter.
- Make sure your name is at the top of each page. If I have to look for your name for more than 3 seconds, the resume is going in the trash.
- Don't use weird or cute fonts to type your resume. Stick with the basics.