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Recruiters don't like these things in resumes

Jul 29th 2015 at 4:22 AM

Finding a good job is a very serious task. Once you have taken a decision to change your place of employment, you sit down to update or write a resume. Your main goal is to represent yourself as a professional in the best possible way. And even if you are great at what you do for living, there is still a chance of a failure: what if the recruiter hates your CV? Read about some mistakes you should avoid making while writing your resume.

Bad photo

A picture of you at the top will be the first thing to be noticed on your resume. Good if it’s a nice photo of you – with a smile, in relevant clothing and against a neutral background. But it is better not to include an image at all rather then inserting a picture where you look hungover or where you remind a serial killer.

Wrong contact information

Unless your want your resume deleted or dumped into trash immediately, make sure your contact details are ok. How can someone find you if your phone number is missing a digit or your e-mail address is incorrect or invalid? Recruiters will have to move on to the next candidate.

Copy & paste

Recruiters do not get paid for nothing. They know what the job is very well, so there is no need to seem too duty-oriented. Do not copy your job description into your resume. It is better to focus on your skills and achievements, however they still to be relevant to the job you aim at getting.

Poor spelling and grammar

Nobody wants ho hire illiterate people. So, check your resume very thoroughly before sending. You can even read it out loud: it will help you to spot any grammatical flop-flaps. If you feel that grammar and spelling are not your strongest skills, consider asking your friend to check the text and correct it if necessary. You can also turn to professionals at craftresumes.com; your resume will not only be free of mistakes and typos, but it will also stand out among the others.

Messy formatting

Avoid using too many different fonts and boxes. Your resume might have to go through various e-mail formats, so the layout and typeface may get distorted. To be on the safe side and to make sure that everyone sees your CV in the same format, keep it in plain text.

Unrelated info

Don't distract recruiters by adding to your resume your height, weight, eye color, hobbies and interests unless they're directly related to the work you desire to do. You need to build the link between what a recruiter is looking for and what you have to offer. You may mention your hobbies and interests, but don’t get carried away.

Now that you know what recruiters think, you can make the most of your resume to get the job you’ve always wanted. Good luck!

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