The Five Most Common - And Most Avoidable - Résumé Errors

Written by Jaimie Marzullo

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The Solution: Identify which skill each and every statement is addressing and write that information directly on a copy of your résumé. Then reviewrepparttar skills listed next to all of your statements. Are you seeing one or more skills listed over and over? Consolidate this information. Also, don't fall intorepparttar 139583 trap of repeating information from one section to another; if you mention an accomplishment in your Professional Summary, do not mention it again in your Professional Experience.

4. Writing job descriptions.

The Problem: Committing this error is what can makerepparttar 139584 difference between getting an interview and losingrepparttar 139585 opportunity to someone else. Employers are not interested in what activities you performed on a daily basis - they are interested in how well you performed those activities. Stating that you "processed paperwork" gives no indication of what type of employee you are... this same statement could apply accurately torepparttar 139586 person who doodles onrepparttar 139587 desk and misses deadlines as well asrepparttar 139588 person who exceeds deadlines and quotas and has 100% accuracy.

The Solution: Focus on accomplishments. Many job-seekers disregard this advice withrepparttar 139589 mistaken notion that they do not have any accomplishments. Most ofrepparttar 139590 time these people do have quantifiable achievements; they just don't realize that they do. It can be difficult to look objectively at our own experiences. Review employee evaluations. What positives are noted? Think about special projects or busy times; were there any instances in which you were praised, or were very proud ofrepparttar 139591 job you did? Any times in which you improved processes, made or saved money, or lifted some ofrepparttar 139592 burden off your supervisor's shoulders?

If you truly have no accomplishments, then focus on results. What arerepparttar 139593 results of your work? For example, "processed paperwork." What paperwork and why? What does this paperwork do for your company? "Facilitate ongoing litigation by processing complex legal documents" is much more effective than simply "Processed paperwork," although both would technically be correct.

5. Using Objective statements.

The Problem: This is oftenrepparttar 139594 result of a job-seeker who has either been out ofrepparttar 139595 market for a long time, or someone who is using a dated résumé-writing manual. Objective statements have, thankfully, gone out of style on résumés. Why thankfully? Objective statements are counter-productive. By definition, an Objective states what you,repparttar 139596 job-seeker, want. The problem with this is thatrepparttar 139597 hiring manager does not care what you want;repparttar 139598 hiring manager cares about what you can do forrepparttar 139599 company. Additionally, what you want should be clear from your cover letter and byrepparttar 139600 simple fact that you sent your résumé inrepparttar 139601 first place - it does not need to be repeated (see #3, above). Since this is often positioned atrepparttar 139602 very top ofrepparttar 139603 résumé, it is a regretful waste of highly visible space that should be used to appeal torepparttar 139604 interests of hiring managers, not to address information thatrepparttar 139605 hiring manager isn't interested in.

The Solution: Professional Summary, Profile, Summary Statement... whatever you want to call it, a summary section atrepparttar 139606 top of your résumé that reviews your strongest, most relevant skills and abilities is a surefire way to capturerepparttar 139607 attention of your reader and encourage him or her to read on. This is also a highly effective strategy to position notable achievements that occurred early in your career in a visible location.

Jaimie Marzullo is a professional résumé writer and career counselor, and owner of Her client base is spread over six continents and includes professionals in nearly every industry, from entry-level to executive, and Ivy League students.

Competing with Outsourced Labor through Increased Expertise

Written by Scott Brown

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This also brings up another point which is that being able to compete in a global economy requires that you integrate continual learning and improvement into your career. You need to figure out a way to constantly learn new things. You can do this partly by taking occasional classes, reading trade magazines, and attending conferences. Another way is to maximize a concept that H.R. professionals refer to as “job stretch,” that is, doing work that requires slightly more, rather than slightly less, expertise than you currently have. You can do this by volunteering to do new projects at work, suggesting to your manager to let you try an innovative way to do something, etc. A side effect of maximizing job stretch is that it makes you stand out as someone who goesrepparttar extra mile, and also helps make it less likely that an employer would want to lay you off.

Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

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