Given the state of the economy and what I do for a living, in the last few weeks I’ve seen my fair share of resumes. Most, I have to admit, were really bad. Not that the person who handed me the resume had no qualifications, but judging from their resume, they certainly had little chances of getting hired.
What makes someone throw away your resume before they ever get halfway through? Here are a few turn offs:
Undoubtedly, the best way to write a resume is from the perspective of the recruiter who will read it. Think about what they are looking for, what kind of person would fit well in their organization and write from that angle.
As most employers ask for resumes to be emailed (and as hopefully you’re also using some job boards to post yours) don’t forget to customize your resume to each job application using keywords that match the job description. Resumes are reviewed by software that selects those that have the largest number of words matching each particular job posted.