Avoid costly job search mis­takes

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

IT’S al­ways fun to hear about the big mis­takes job ap­pli­cants make — like show­ing up in sweat­pants or fall­ing asleep dur­ing the in­ter­view. (And yes, both of those things have hap­pened.)

It’s less fun to hear about the smaller mis­takes — like some­one show­ing up five min­utes late or hav­ing a typo on the first line of a cover letter — but turns out, those tiny blun­ders are what hir­ing man­agers com­plain about the most.

1. In­clud­ing ev­ery ac­com­plish­ment It’s not im­por­tant to in­clude that you worked as a dog walker for three months of col­lege and ev­ery sin­gle thing from that point un­til now.

Think of it this way: Hir­ing man­agers just want the high­lights; they want to know what’s com­pelling about you as quickly as pos­si­ble (es­pe­cially if they’re read­ing hun­dreds of re­sumes). If you re­ally want to go into more de­tail, save it for the in­ter­view.

2. In­clud­ing an ob­jec­tive state­ment Ob­jec­tive state­ments just eat up space on your re­sume that could be spent telling an em­ployer how stel­lar you are. The only time one of these sen­tences is nec­es­sary is if you’re mak­ing a gi­gan­tic ca­reer change and your ex­pe­ri­ences don’t line up en­tirely with the po­si­tion.

Still want to write some sort of in­tro­duc­tory line on your re­sume? Try out the sum­mary state­ment. Some peo­ple swear by it. 3. In­clud­ing bla­tant ty­pos Yes, we know you’ve heard it again and again and again. But given that a 2013 Ca­reerBuilder sur­vey found that 58 per­cent of re­sumes have ty­pos, we’re go­ing to say it just one more time.

How can you stop fall­ing prey to re­sume ty­pos? Have some­one else read your re­sum e— of­ten, other peo­ple can more eas­ily spot er­rors be­cause they haven’t been star­ing at the page for hours.

If that’s re­ally not pos­si­ble, use Muse edi­tor-in-chief Adrian Granzella Larssen’stips for proof­read­ing your own re­sume: “It’s help­ful to tem­po­rar­ily change the font, or to read your re­sume from the bot­tom up — your eyes get used to read­ing a page one way and can of­ten catch new er­rors when you mix the for­mat up.”

4. Ly­ing Another pretty ob­vi­ous one, but be­lieve us — it still hap­pens. (A can­di­date listed a cer­tain skill on her re­sume, then when we asked her about her ex­pe­ri­ence in it, she looked at us blankly and ad­mit­ted it was sim­ply “some­thing she wanted to learn more about.”)

Re­mem­ber what your mama told you: Hon­esty is al­ways the best pol­icy. If you feel like there’s part of your back­ground that’s not quite up to snuff, your best bet is creative — but truth­ful — po­si­tion­ing.

5. Not tai­lor­ing your re­sume to the job Once your re­sume makes it in front of the eyes of a hir­ing man­ager, you want it to scream, “I’m per­fect for this job!” Right? Well, prac­ti­cally speak­ing, this means you can’t sub­mit the same re­sume and cover letter for ev­ery job you ap­ply to.

Since each po­si­tion will list dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments, each ap­pli­ca­tion you sub­mit should high­light your past ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­com­plish­ments spe­cific to that par­tic­u­lar job.

6. In­clud­ing ran­dom, un­re­lated, or off­putting hob­bies Un­for­tu­nately, hir­ing man­agers usu­ally don’t care if you love bas­ket­ball, are ac­tive in your book club, or are a mem­ber of a Dun­geons and Drag­ons group, but we still see this stuff on re­sumes any­way.

Elim­i­nate any­thing that’s not to­tally trans­fer­able to work-re­lated skills (or a re­ally, re­ally epic con­ver­sa­tion starter).

— Krem

Know­ing a few re­sume rules will re­duce stress and help avoid costly mis­takes.

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