Common Resume Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job

The most common mistake made by people who attempt to put together their first resume is that they put in too much information. They want to describe everything that they have ever done from the moment of conception to the present. The resume ends up being too long, and nobody will read it.Job seeker

The most important piece of information that you should retain is that your resume, no matter how well it is put together, will only get a 15 to 30 second review by the person who does the initial screening.

That person is normally someone in Human Resources whose job is to look at hundreds of resumes per day. You must create your resume in such a way that it gives all the information they need in a maximum of 30 seconds.

There is information that, under most circumstances, should not be in a resume. This includes:resume

  • Your age or date of birth
  • Religious or political affiliations
  • Reasons why you left your last job
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Health restrictions or physical limitations
  • Any sentence that has “do not,” “cannot,” or “unable”

Age or Date of Birth                                                                          Img src: Flickr

I repeat, you should not put your age or date of birth in a resume. In the US, an employer has no legal right to know your age. An employer can ask you only if you are over the age of 18 for insurance liability reasons or if local, state, or federal law requires that employees be over a certain age.
Therefore, if you’re concerned that your age will be a factor, don’t list the date you graduated from high school or the years that you received any of your degrees. I received my undergraduate degree in 1962. Can any of you guess my age?

Religious Affiliations or Political Affiliations

It’s generally recommended that you stay away from listing a particular type of religion or political party affiliation. However, being active in your community or church can sometimes be a positive factor in many large companies, so you should make general statements about your participation in activities that support the community. Volunteer work for a charity group would be a positive example but active support for an environmental group could raise some eyebrows.

Reasons for Leaving Previous Jobs

We’ve become a mobile society and longevity in a position is now considered two years. People accept new jobs for many reasons. If you left your last job because of differences with your supervisor or company philosophy, I don’t recommend that you put that information in your resume. The reader will probably get a negative impression of you. If you couldn’t get along with your last company, you probably won’t get along here.

If the job application asks you to give reasons for leaving your last job, a safe and truthful answer could be that you were offered a better position. “Better” could mean a pay raise, better working hours, better office environment, or newer equipment.

Your Social Security Number (SSN)

The exceptions to this are federal resumes sent for civil service positions. A prospective employer can ask for your Social Security Number in an application – that is normally a requirement for employment. However, putting your SSN on a resume could lead to disaster.

You’ll be sending out many resumes; you won’t know who’ll be reading them. It doesn’t cost much money to put a small want ad in the newspaper or on an Internet employment site, and a dishonest person can run a fraudulent ad.

If someone knows your SSN, he can apply for credit cards or other important documents, such as duplicate SSN cards, with the information you normally provide on a resume. Be alert if someone other than in the civil service asks for your SSN.

Information about Health and Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act has changed the way businesses in the US recruit and hire an employee. Generally, an employer has no legal right to know your health status. The only health-related questions that an employer can ask are job related.

If the job description requires that you lift 50 lbs, the employer has the legal and legitimate right to ask in the interview if you can do this. He can also state the requirement in his ad. He cannot ask you if you have back problems, diabetes, or have had a heart attack unless the job, such as airline pilot, requires perfect health.

Find out your legal rights if you live outside the US.

Marital Status

I’ve added marital status because this is another issue that can work against you, particularly if you’re a single parent. I know some people will disagree, but single parents have the highest absentee rate in the work force.

Companies will try to avoid hiring a single parent if at all possible. However, in the US they cannot ask you your marital status or if you have children. Don’t volunteer this information on the resume.

If asked this question in an interview, the proper response could be, “Can you tell me what this has to do with the position I’m applying for?” That should end the questioning on this issue if the interviewer does not want to face a lawsuit.



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Why Working with a Job Search Agency is a Smart Move

If you have discounted working with a job search agency because you believe you will not receive the attention you need or because you think that job search agencies only offer temporary jobs, you could be limiting yourself as well as missing a great opportunity.

While there is a common misconception that job search agencies only offer temporary jobs, that is not the case. All job search agencies are different, but it is important to research the agency you are considering using to make sure it is a good fit for your job search needs. Begin by researching the agency’s website or even contacting the agency in person and asking what types of positions the agency has available.

Benefits of Working with a Job Search Agency

Working with an agency can benefit your job search in a number of ways; one of the most important reasons to sign up with an agency is access to more jobs. Some employers opt to work exclusively with job search agencies. That means that if you do not sign up with an agency, you may never know that some jobs are available. As a result, you could severely handicap your job search and miss a job that would be perfect for your skills. If you have ever wondered about why you never hear about some great jobs, this is why. An increasing number of companies are now opting to use employment agencies to conduct both initial screenings as well as interviews.

By working with a job search agency, you may also be able to benefit from an array of resources that could help you land a job sooner. For instance, a job search agency can often provide you with constructive feedback as well as assistance with creating a professional resume and even interview tips. This is because it is in the best interest of the agency to coach you for prospective jobs. If you make a bad impression, the agency looks bad, as well. To avoid this, agencies will often help prepare you, ensuring that you never have to worry about going into an interview blind.

You might also be surprised to find that a job search agency can also assist you with negotiating benefits and salary. Once again, it is always in the best interest of the agency to ensure that both the employer and the employee are completely satisfied.

Landing the right job can be challenging in a competitive job search market. By maintaining an open mind and making use of every resource available while searching for a job, including job search agencies, you can find a job that meets all of your needs.

Overcoming the 3 Most Common Resume Writing Mistakes

When applying for a new job, regardless of the position, keep in mind that the employer may receive dozens if not hundreds of resumes. Unfortunately, many of those resumes are not written as well as they could be. In many instances, resumes tend to contain the same mistakes. Below are three of the most common resume writing mistakes and how you can fix them easily and quickly.

1. Duty-Driven Resumes

One of the most common mistakes that many job seekers make is writing a duty-driven resume rather than an accomplishments-driven resume. The goal of a resume is always to convince the employer that your qualifications make you the best possible candidate. Under no circumstances should you use such phrases as “job duties included,” “responsible for,” or “responsibilities included.” Such phrases are more suited to job descriptions rather than your accomplishments. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer for a moment. If you were hiring, would you be looking for someone who is only able to perform basic job responsibilities or someone with a proven history of accomplishments? The best approach is to customize your resume and truly make it your own by focusing on challenges you may have helped previous employers overcome. Remember to focus specifically on how employers have benefited from your past performance, such as money saved, time saved, solving specific problems, increasing sales, attracting new customers, etc.

2. Lack of Keywords

The job market has changed significantly in the last few years. As a result, it is now imperative for your resume to include the use of strategic keywords. Unfortunately, many job seekers continue to overlook the importance of this strategy, and it could cost you the chance at an interview. Many employers have begun to rely on keyword-searchable databases. Ultimately, this means that if you apply for a job with an organization that searches databases for keywords and your resume does not contain the correct keywords, you could end up losing out to the competition. Make sure you are taking advantage of every available opportunity by including the use of keywords in your resume.

3. Listing References Directly on the Resume

Many years ago, job seekers often listed their references directly on their resume. Unfortunately, this practice continues today. References should only be listed when requested by an employer. When an employer does request references, they should be provided on a separate sheet. In addition, avoid the use of the phrase “References available upon request.” It is automatically assumed that if you are asked to provide references, you will do so. After all, if you are not able to provide references, there’s not much chance that you will receive a job offer. In the end, it is better to just skip it and conserve the space on your resume that can be used for something more productive, such as your accomplishments and/or qualifications.

How to Keep Your Resume Current When You’re Unemployed

Your self-esteem can really take a beating while you’re unemployed. Keeping your resume current when you’re unemployed seems like a daunting task. You’d like to think the reason you’re unemployed isn’t because of your job performance at your previous job, but that you are the victim of a sour economy. When you feel your self-esteem has been trampled upon as if a mob of anxious shoppers rush into the store on the day after Thanksgiving, you don’t feel like devising a plan to keep your resume up to date so that you have a better chance of landing that new job.

In the meantime, there are some things you can do to keep your resume current so that you don’t have to explain away any gaps of employment when you interview for your next job.

Network Network Network

You’ve always prided yourself in getting jobs because of what you know and what you are able to do. You let your work speak for itself. However, you are also aware that some people land jobs because of who they know and not necessarily because of what they know. Networking provides the opportunity to leverage what you know with who you know. Follow me there?

The biggest networking tool by far is the Internet. If you don’t already have accounts on social media websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, you could be missing out on some prime networking opportunities.

Take LinkedIn for example. LinkedIn is a social media website business professionals use to show who they are, where their career path has gone, and what career goals they have in mind. You can connect with people you know from past employers, people who share the same type of career interests you have, college friends and professors, or people you hang out with on the weekend.

It’s important to keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date so that people know you’re looking for a job. However, don’t let your interaction with your LinkedIn connections be limited to the Internet. Take the opportunity to meet with some of your connections in person. Personal, face-to-face contact does much more to help you land that next job than sitting in your recliner in your living room with your laptop on your lap and waiting for something to happen. Networking is about meeting people — not just online, but also in person.

But I Can’t Afford to Work for Free!

“You want me to work for free?” you ask. No, I want you to volunteer some of your time, giving back to the community by using your talents and abilities used at your previous job. If you’re a bookkeeper or an accountant, you may consider volunteering your time to help low income families do their taxes. If your favorite local charity has a website that looks like something from 1999 and you are well-versed in computer languages, offer to bring that website up-to-date with your mad computer skills.

Think of it this way. Volunteering is mutually beneficial. You volunteered your time and skills to help people or an organization. In return, you can ask the person you helped to serve as a reference for you when you put your volunteer work on your resume.

As you can see, these are just a few simple things you can do to keep your resume current when you’re unemployed

Why Students Should Network with Their Professors

Students are always encouraged to speak with their teachers whenever they have trouble understanding the work. What many students do not understand is that your relationship with your professors in college should not be limited to getting help when you need it. You should also be turning to your professors for networking and helping you to stay ahead of the curve. You will be amazed at the potential benefits you will receive when you are following these guidelines.

There are a few things you should keep in mind if you are considering the benefits of networking with your professors. Keep in mind that your professor understand the material and can give you insight. They also understand the industry and can provide you with the connections you need to get a job after college. Additionally, these professors can continue to offer you guidance even after you have graduated from college. This way, you can have the career you want to have.

Creating a Relationship Based on the Course Materials

The first connection you will create with your professors starts with conversations about the course materials for your course. Make sure to find out when your professors office hours are and visit regularly. Discuss the materials that are being covered and get into deeper discussions about what you are learning. By having a deeper understanding of what is going on, you will be ahead of the class. You will also establish yourself with the professor so your relationship can grow into one of a mentor in your industry. This will help you not only in your college career, but as you grow into your professional career after college.

Get the Connections You need in the Industry

The professor you are learning from has taught countless others before you. Those who stand out as they pass through the classroom will become connections for the professors you are learning from. Students are almost always willing to help out their old professors when they are asked for a favor. This means that when you are getting close to graduation, you can call on your professors to provide you with the help you will need to get hired in your first position. They can make introductions to some of the industry leaders you may have dreamed of working for and now have the opportunity to do so.

Maintaining a Connection in Your Career

As you grow in your professional career, you will be able to maintain the relationship you established in college with your professor. Not only will this mean helping out the next generation with getting their first job, but it will mean gaining additional connections that will help you to keep growing in your career. After all, some of the people that may graduate after you may start working in locations you need to be working at or working with. This will provide you with the professional connections you will need to rise to the top of your profession.

How to Convince an Employer to Hire You

With the state of the economy today, it is more important than ever to get and keep a decent job. The unemployment rate is at an all time high in many areas so the competition is stiff. You may be competing with hundreds or even, thousands of other candidates for the same position. Convincing an employer to hire you is all about marketing and how you present yourself to your potential employer. Here are a few important and distinct points that can help you land that job.


When an employer decides to talk to candidates for a new position, you can guarantee that they have a list of things that they are seeking. You may be a sports star or a five star chef, however, how is that relevant to what the employer is looking for? Market the abilities and the skills that you have that will be of value to this employer. You need to be able to articulate these skills to the employer in such a way that they can visualize you as an asset to the company. Paint that picture for them.


Now that you have presented your relevance to the position, you have to differentiate yourself from all of the other candidates. What sets you apart from the crowd? In such a competitive marketplace, you will find that there are people that are even more qualified for the position that you are applying for. The vital trick here is to convey to the employer why you are the best candidate for the position. Why is there no further need for additional interviews after yours? You have to be very specific while remaining relevant to the position and showing the value in you. Hiring you will be an investment for the company. Tell your interviewer exactly how you will provide a return on that investment.


Now that you have conveyed your relevance to the position as well as the company, and you have differentiated yourself from all of the other candidates vying for the same position, now you must provide the evidence of the above two points. Without this evidence, the fact that you are relevant and different from the other applicants are purely your opinion, which will not carry much weight with the perspective employer. It is not enough to simply tell your interviewer that you are awesome but you have to back that up and tell them why. Think about your experience in the position that you are applying for. From there, use clear and focused examples to tell the employer how you handled certain situations and how that applies to what you will be doing for them. Be very specific with your examples. Be sure not to bad mouth a previous client, customer, coworker, supervisor or company that you have worked for. That will be an automatic red flag to the employer.

These three variables have to be used together. Standing alone, each one is not as strong, but used in combination with each, you have a clear recipe for success!