Things you shouldn’t be doing while applying for a job

A resume is a first interaction with a company or a potential employer, it’s your first shot at the job. Better make the first shot your best shot. A positive impact of a first impression stays forever and it will help immensely during your interview. So here are a few pointers from the job interview coach about things to avoid on your resume.

E-mail or Cover Letter – This is the first impression within a first impression. So the first time you contact a recruiter to send your resume, keep the e-mail succinct and to the point. No flowery words, no desperate dramatics, just stick to your introduction, how you came to know about the opening and what you’ve attached along.

Put them where I can see them – Don’t put your name and contact details in a place, which sends the recruiter on a wild goose chase. Simple, put it right on top.

Objective – Resumes with verbose objectives are a huge turn off and the worst part is they sometimes don’t have anything to do with the job you’re applying for, so close your thesaurus and write an objective that is relevant and concise.

No arrogance please – Resumes should contain information about an individual that should create a positive feeling in a recruiter and you should definitely not come across as a self-centered or a narcissistic person.

Don’t Gloat – Adding to the arrogant part, we some across bloated resumes (some even extending up to 16 pages) portraying you as someone that knows everything in the world. Only exhibit qualities relevant to the job and depict yourself as someone who is willing to learn all the time. Don’t ever try to be cute or try to over smart the person reading your resume; you’re the one that has everything to lose.

Put numbers among descriptions – when you describe your achievements, put them in tangible numbers to give the feeling that you’re one who gets results.

A job interview coach will always tell you, put your experience on top of your education. If you have experience of more than five years, leave out trivial stuff like summer internships and part-time jobs.

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