Not everyone understands the benefits of or thinks they can afford to hire a professional resume writer. That being the case, take it from a professional, this blog could save you from sabotaging yourself when writing your own resume.
1. Listing short-term jobs. There are pros and cons as to how to list short-term jobs – if at all. It can be seen as a negative if you list a job you were only at for a few weeks. Avoid looking like a frequent job changer by not listing this short job hop. However, it can add value if you have one or more short-term jobs that relate to the position you are currently seeking. It can build experience. Group together or list all compatible short-term jobs in one entry if possible.
2. Unrelated experience. This can be a real challenge when past jobs don’t relate to each other, i.e., school bus driver, janitor, and car salesman. What is important is that you connect these unrelated jobs with the transferrable skills that are present – such as customer service, and people skills (used in all three jobs). This helps showcase the skills you have and how they translate between different occupations.
3. Responsibilities. Job seekers have the idea that they have to list all the responsibilities they had on any particular job. This not only can be overkill, but boring by repeating the same responsibilities over and over with each job, and make the resume longer than it needs to be. What the hiring manager wants to see on the resume is what responsibilities relate to their particular position and the results that were generated from your contributions.
4. References. The resume is not the place to list references. Use a separate document to list your references. For each reference, be sure to include name, contact information, how you know them (boss, co-worker, etc.) and what they can verify (worked on project together, sales team, etc.). It also isn’t necessary to add the statement, “references available upon request” on the resume – it is understood today that references will be provided when requested.
5. Hobbies. Don’t include hobbies on your resume unless it relates to your job or somehow is weaved into your experience. Employers can jump to conclusions about some hobbies so listing them can work against you more often than for you.
These are only a few tips that are helpful to keep in mind as you write your own resume. Of course, if this process becomes overwhelming, it’s never too late to hire a professional that can highlight your talents and skills with up-to-date strategies and keywords.