The Five Most Common - And Most Avoidable - Résumé Errors

Written by Jaimie Marzullo

Writing an effective résumé can certainly be challenging. There are numerous rules and none of them apply 100% ofrepparttar time. It is often much easier for people to craft their document if they understandrepparttar 139583 boundaries within which they will need to operate 100% ofrepparttar 139584 time -repparttar 139585 mistakes that should never be made and will brand a job-seeker as unprofessional. Eliminating all of these errors from your résumé will go a long way in improving your chances of securing an interview.

1. "Responsible for..."

The Problem: This is one ofrepparttar 139586 most common, and most amateurish, résumé errors. There is no greater example of weak, passive writing thanrepparttar 139587 overused "responsible for." There are two base reasons why this phrase is to be avoided. The first is that it is already understood thatrepparttar 139588 information included in your résumé are activities that you were responsible for; this isrepparttar 139589 equivalent of writing "we cook..." before an item listed in a restaurant menu. The second reason is what I alluded to above: "responsible for" is passive, bland, and boring. It does nothing to draw inrepparttar 139590 reader, and demonstrates no specific or relevant skill. Withrepparttar 139591 average résumé being read in approximately seven seconds,repparttar 139592 first word or two in each sentence is absolutely critical because it isrepparttar 139593 information that will be read first and most. Whether anything else in a given sentence will be read at all entirely depends on ifrepparttar 139594 first couple of words strike a chord withrepparttar 139595 reader. Ifrepparttar 139596 hiring manager holding your résumé does not spot keywords of interest in those vital locations, thenrepparttar 139597 entire résumé is probably going inrepparttar 139598 trash, no matter how greatrepparttar 139599 rest of your information is.

The Solution: A great way to testrepparttar 139600 quality of a résumé is to read justrepparttar 139601 first word in each sentence, and see what image those words build of you as an employee. If your first words consist of "responsible for", "helped", "handled", or other passive language, then you're not creating a powerful or compelling first impression. Open each and every sentence with a power verb that is relevant torepparttar 139602 job you are applying for. Words such as "manage", "direct", "administer", and "process" can often be used to replace "responsible for", and are far more effective.

2. Using a paragraph format.

The Problem: As mentioned above,repparttar 139603 average résumé is read in approximately seven seconds. In those precious few seconds,repparttar 139604 hiring manager will skim through your entire document and determine if you possessrepparttar 139605 qualifications needed forrepparttar 139606 job. If your information is organized in long, dense paragraphs that are difficult to read quickly, they are most likely not going to be read at all. Think of your résumé as a shopping spree... if you have only seven seconds within which to conduct your shopping spree, which would you rather be faced with: an enormous pile of products where it is impossible to discern what each individual product is without an in-depth perusal, or an organized, easy-to-navigate row of products that are displayed independently so that you can easily see what each is? Remember, you have only seven seconds. I think we'd all agree that it is much easier, when on limited time, to approach information that is already parsed out for us. Paragraphs are intimidating torepparttar 139607 eye and forrepparttar 139608 hiring manager who has literally hundreds of other applicants to choose from,repparttar 139609 loss of one whose document is difficult to read is not going to be a consideration.

The Solution: Create brief, bulleted statements. Each statement should focus on one particular skill and be no more than two lines in length.

3. Repetition.

The Problem: It is not uncommon for people, in an attempt to not overlook anything, to mentionrepparttar 139610 same skills multiple times withinrepparttar 139611 same résumé. This creates a boring, stale document in whichrepparttar 139612 heavily repeated skills overshadow everything else. In addition to this,repparttar 139613 repetition contributes to excess length; again, we come back to that same seven seconds. Let's say, for example, that in your resume you want to list skills A, B, C, and D. If you do just that, then it is easy to identify all of those skills in seven seconds. If, however, your résumé lists A, B, A, A, B, B, B, C, A, C, B, A, A, C, B, D, C, A... suddenly, your qualifications are not as obvious and one - D - could very easily be overlooked.

Competing with Outsourced Labor through Increased Expertise

Written by Scott Brown

In this job searching tip, we’ll discuss how increasing your level of expertise can help you compete with cheap overseas labor. The whole trend towards outsourcing is scary to people in many industries. Butrepparttar truth is some kinds of outsourcing are more effective than others, and by becoming more familiar withrepparttar 139582 weaknesses ofrepparttar 139583 outsourcing model, you can better position yourself to compete with it.

Outsourcing is most effective with work that many people know how to do. Lots of people know how to prepare tax returns, or could learn fairly quickly. Lots of people have an undergraduate computer science degree and can write a computer program. But outsourcing tends not to be as effective in areas where highly specialized knowledge is required. If you become familiar with a technology or area of expertise whichrepparttar 139584 average person has not studied or worked in, you will become less of a common commodity.

It generally helps ifrepparttar 139585 area of expertise is something new, becauserepparttar 139586 newer it is, usuallyrepparttar 139587 fewer people there are who know it. An example of this would berepparttar 139588 Sarbanes-Oxley legislation forrepparttar 139589 financial industry, which was enacted by Congress as a result ofrepparttar 139590 corporate scandals likerepparttar 139591 Enron collapse. People who are familiar with this and approaches to helping financial institutions cope with its requirements are in high demand right now. Go to a job board and search forrepparttar 139592 highest paying jobs in your profession. You’ll probably notice that many of them require expertise that few people have.

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