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There’s a saying I like to go by and that is “If you’re good at writing a resume, then you’re probably bad at holding a job”. Either way, whether or not you can hold a job, I’m here to help you.

I’m not going to tell you that there’s one way to write a powerful resume, because there’s not. Given the largely subjective nature of a resume, there is actually no “perfect” approach, but there are certainly things that should be avoided. So let’s talk about them.

1. SHORT TERM positions

People often think to put in all details of employment history irrespective of length of length of employment; thinking that “experience is experience”. Well… sure. You’re right, experience is better than no experience. However, there’s a negative by-product to this approach. While 2 months of employment at “ABC Constructions” is better than nothing, the bigger problem could be seen as “why only 2 months?” While there can be a dozen valid reasons for this, it can easily be checked off as a red flag. In this case, it’s a matter of picking the lesser of two evils. Ditch the short term experience for the sake of maintaining a cleaner resume.

2. Extensive narrative

Dot points, dot points, dot points. All-day-long! It’s only natural for us, as humans, to want to talk about ourselves – a lot! It’s no different when it comes to writing your resume. Scrap the extensive narrative and keep your resume as minimal as possible. Consider this – if a recruiter were to spend 5 minutes reading each resume and cover letter, and they had to sort through 100 resumes, the reading process alone will take a whole work day. In addition to reading, they then have other duties such as responding to emails and performing other tasks.

As cliché as it might seem, less is more. In fact, let’s say the recruiter read your whole document, what will there be to talk about in an interview? Exactly. Try to use dot points in place of narrative, as much as you can!

3. Bad grammar and punctuation

This one’s an obvious one, and while I don’t want to insult your intelligence by stating the obvious, you’ll be surprised how many people mess up this part. The particular issue here is that many people will make judgement on your attention to detail, thus pondering the possibility that you might make similar mistakes on the job.

Personally, I never make these judgements about anyone because mistakes do happen. However, many people will negatively judge such errors and this can land you in the “maybe” pile – and we all know what that means.

4. hobbies and interests

While it’s nice to show that you have a life, understand that most people just want to read your resume, and want to see the goods. Recruiters read a tonne of resumes on a daily basis and they just want the sweet juice – your credentials! Save hobbies and interests for the interview, where you can use it for rapport building.

5. Personal information

Anything such as marital status, date of birth, religious beliefs, what you ate for breakfast, or a photo can be left out of your resume. The rule of thumb is this, if something can be used as discrimination, then you can leave out those details. I’ve had a client in the past who asked “if I look good, won’t that give me a better opportunity at the job?” Well, let’s suppose you do get the job and it’s because your looks got you across the line – do you really want to work for an employer who made judgement – despite it being positive – on your looks? Absolutely not! I recommend you leave your amazing shot to Instagram!

If you’re after assistance with your resume, click here: https://www.zique.com.au/resumes/

You can check out my previous blog “5 Tips to calm those job interview nerves!” here: https://www.zique.com.au/5-tips-to-calm-those-job-interview-nerves/

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