A new batch of December graduates is getting ready to fly the coop in search for a job and we hope they've already heard the bad news: There are a lot of unemployed people out there.
If the market far exceeds demand, how do you make sure you get past the resume screening process into the interviewing round? By making sure your resume is flawless.
Somewhere between 95 to 99% of resumes have stuff that shouldn't be on there," Eli Amdur, senior coach and adviser from the Amdur Coaching and Advisory Group, told us. "The general rule is if you put anything on there that distracts the reader from your real accomplishments, then don't do it. Resumes need to be concise and clear.
We've compiled some tips from career experts to make sure your resume steers clear of the trash pile.
- Get rid of the objective: If you applied, it's already obvious you want the job
- Cut out all the irrelevant work experiences
- Take a pass on the personal stuff: marital status, religious preference and social security numbers
- Don't let your resume exceed one page
- Don't list your hobbies
- Don't give them the chance to guess your age
- Don't write your resume in the third person
- Don't include references
- Don't include a less than professional email account. Make a new one. It takes minutes and it's free
- There's no need to identify your phone number
- Don't include your current business contact info
- Now that you've passed the screening process...