Resume writing gaffe are not only seen in the resume of applicants who are just starting out their career. Even professional or those people who already have solid history of their employment for several years had also some blunder in their resume.
The key to avoid resume blunder is to thoroughly review the entire document. Resume that was prepared months or years ago must be assessed again and reprinted to eliminate all possible outdated or obsolete details. It may be already inadequate when submitted at the present time and might have some old-fashioned style or design that will leave a negative impression to the interviewer.
There are still some resume nowadays that have a separate "Resume" word on the top of their resume. Never do this as anybody who sees this word on your resume will be turned off. It is already implied that your Resume is a resume.
Many resume are patterned over the Microsoft resume template. There is nothing really wrong here but if the candidate wanted to be grab the employer's attention, do not settle for a resume that reflects the above template. Create and personalized your own and make every effort to produce a resume that truly depict your achievements.
Objective is the usual first section of the resume. This is ideal for the candidates that were just starting up and to those candidates that do not have prominent work experience. But for candidates with established career background, a Summary must be used instead. Summary is the longer version of Objective and intended for those with impressive and significant attainment.
Excluding dates of previous schooling, or job held even early in your career is not good. These automatically denote that the applicant is trying to cover up something. There is a possibility for the applicant to be ruled out just for leaving the date off.
However, when it comes on the details of the employment backgrounds of candidates who had been engaged in so many jobs and had a quite long list of attainments and achievements, it is a must to limit these stuffs to only those that are current and significant to the job being applied. Refrain from enlisting those that are very old because including irrelevant and out dated accomplishment is boring.
Civic leadership would be good to include especially when it is related to the job target of the applicant but caution must be observed when mentioning political affiliation or better yet, avoid listing any information that denote political matter because the hiring company or employer might have different view to the political inclinations of the applicant.
Writing too many personal details on the resume is also a big blunder. It is not necessary to include the height, weight, religion, number of children, spouse's name and occupation, or the color of your eyes. Personal interests like your hobby or recreations are likewise not essential. Being good in chess or having won several bowling tournaments will not help you land to your dream job. Reserve these information when making a Curriculum Vitae or when being asked during the interview.
There are so many ways to make sure that your resume will look professional. Have several colleagues or friends review the content of your resume. Remember that your resume is your marketing piece and you create it to advertise yourself to prospective employers. So make sure your resume perfectly reflects you.