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Top Resume Mistakes to Avoid

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A resume is your golden ticket.  It can open doors and create high-level opportunities if crafted correctly. While the common format is often changing, there are simple fixes you can make to your resume right now. Here are some of the top resume mistakes and how to change them:

1)   All-Caps word typos

Spell-check is a blessing and a curse. Many have grown accustomed to the luxury of spell-check embedded into nearly every application imaginable. While we assume spell-check will always catch our mistakes, unfortunately it doesn’t screen words in All Caps. (1) It’s important to proof read manually and pay extra attention to these words.

2)   Lack of context

It’s important to keep in mind (most) hiring managers have no previous background information on your work experience. (1) You will not be able to explain your incoherencies to the manager reading your resume. It must be clear and easy to read.  We tend to give vague explanations on resumes in hopes of getting the message across. Think clearly on whether or not you’ve provided the essential details and adjust accordingly.

3)   Length

The ever-pressing debate of resume length continues. While I know individuals who swear by one-pagers, I know plenty others who will argue length is irrelevant. One reason for this stems from the paper to electronic switch we made several years ago. Human resource managers would receive piles of papers, making the one-page more navigable. However, today everything is electronic and length is not as important, especially when there is valuable content to be communicated. Should your resume be long or short? Ultimately, it should be representative of you and concise—whatever that length may be. (2)

4)   Irrelevant work experience

Having a resume with unnecessary content will only cloud your outstanding achievements. (3) Tailor your resume to every position you consider. Begin by reading back over the job post for the specific position you’re trying to land. Will these employers care about the part time job you held as a server when you were in college? Maybe, if this job involves food service or sales. Delete any previous experience that won’t emphasize your capability for the available position.

Before you send out a resume, review it carefully. If you make any of these quick fixes, hiring managers will be much more receptive to what you have to offer.

 

For more information on this topic (Top Resume Mistakes to Avo), please visit the following:

1)   https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-common-resume-mistakes-that-you-can-fix-all-by-yourself

2)   http://www.livecareer.com/resume-tips/how-to/fix-your-resume/quick-fixes-resume-too-long

3)   http://www.livecareer.com/resume-tips/resume-not-working-fixes

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What to Consider When Changing Your Jobs

Some people go an entire lifetime without second guessing their career choice. For the other 99% of us, there are uncertainties and considerations that flutter through our minds. Theses thoughts can drift by in an instant, but many know that if you are not pursuing what you love these thoughts never truly leave.  Whether you are switching positions within a company, changing employers, or headed down a different career path, here is what to consider:

 

Age is just a number.

We’ve all heard it, and many believe in an age limit as to when it stops being acceptable to explore careers. While our experiences can shape who we are, it is inevitable that our interests and perceptions change. For some reason the younger generation is expected to explore, but this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve success at an older age. Ray Kroc spent his career as a milkshake device salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52. (1) Ronald Reagan was successful as an actor, yet he only became the 40th American President at the age of 70. (2) Great things happen because of the qualities you have and person you are. Anything can be achieved through hard work and perseverance, both of which can be harnessed at any age.

 

 

Time is irrelevant.

It is incredibly challenging to write those words and meant it.  We function on full schedules, and our watches measure milliseconds. Of course time is relevant, but by its very nature, it is limitless. If the fear of “running-out-of-time” enters your head, remember time will pass whether or not you decide to pursue a different job. Seizing every moment is a beautiful way to live, and time is hardly the impetus for that. Rather, we live rich lives, because we are passionate and determined.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ― Earl Nightingale

 

 

Everything is Figure-out-able.

Someone I greatly admire coined the phrase, “Everything is figure-out-able.” If you aren’t familiar with the work of Marie Forleo, do a quick Google search. She has guided many in the areas of interviewing and networking, too. (3) When venturing into a new career, the greatest fear is one of learning new skill sets. But it shouldn’t be. You are not the same person that entered the workforce years ago. You’ve gained an impressive skillsets, an array of wisdom and perspective acquired only through time. This is exceptionally marketable if you are changing careers, and it can help you bypass entry-level statues. (4)

 

For more on changing careers (What to Consider When Changing Your Job) , please visis the following:

(1) : http://www.businessinsider.com/people-who-became-successful-after-age-40-2014-9?op=1#ixzz3WdfKHfZ1

(2) https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/ronaldreagan

(3) http://www.marieforleo.com/about/the-company/

(4) http://career-advice.monster.com/career-development/changing-careers/career-change-and-the-seasoned-worker/article.aspx

(5) https://winonasearchgroup.com/refresh/templates/blog_entry.php?blog_id=74

(6) https://winonasearchgroup.com/refresh/templates/blog_entry.php?blog_id=77

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