How To Avoid Resume Blunders

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And for many job seekers these days, that first impression isn't face-to-face.{}{} It's through email, and with resumes. {}As you might imagine, when an employer posts a job opening, they're bombarded with resumes.{}{} And a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 2500 hiring experts found some surprising and amusing{} results:

  • 38%{} said they spend less than a minute reviewing a resume.{} {}
  • 18%, less than 30 seconds.

Numbers like those can leave job hunters looking for ways to stand out from the crowd.{} But some attempts miss the mark. Employers surveyed cited examples like these:

  • A candidate who topped her resume with a picture of her cat.
  • Another who sent a 24-page resume covering achievements of a career spanning all of 5 years. {}
  • And another who informed the hiring manager, "I'll have your job in five years."

The serious advice from these humorous anecdotes, don't get too personal, and don't be too confident.{} CareerBuilder's Michael Erwin says, "You want to make sure that whatever you're doing to sell yourself, and to put yourself ahead of the competition, you're doing in a professional way." {}For best results,{} 8 in ten employers surveyed said:

  • Customizing an application with information specific to a job posting gets their attention first.
  • Keep it professional. No cute email addresses and no emoticons.
  • Make it easy to read with bullet points highlighting your best skills.

Remember, your resume may have less than a minute in front of a hiring manager.{} Make it a{} good impression. You may not get a second chance.

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