Some may be obvious, like watching out for typos and misspelled words, but others—like cookie-cutter copies or file names—might be more sneaky mistakes you’re making when looking for a job.
“If you hope to compete in today’s job market your resume can’t be good, it needs to be exceptional.”
Your resume represents you—so don’t make these big mistakes when you show it off.
Designer Robby Leonardi made the second-best resume we’ve ever seen (the best belongs to Fast Company intern Natalia Rodriguez). The Super Mario-influenced side-scrolling website is a creative display of Leonardi’s formidable skills. Dive down the pipe to Fast Company for more.
“I figured Fast Company received many standard resumes that they routinely read through. Then, they probably threw them out. I wanted to make something different, something exciting and colorful, something that showed them how much I admired them and who I really was. I put an infographic on the website mapping out why I was the perfect candidate—showing that I had something to add.
Two and half hours later, I received an email. I had a phone interview a week later. The rest is history. It turns out you can tweet your way to your dream job (or internship).”
Want the job? Make sure you aren’t making these resume mistakes.
David Mielach says that to get your resume seen you should: Get as specific as possible, avoid tired phrases like the plague, and show—don’t tell—the hiring manager why you’re the person they need.
5 common resume blunders are:
- Using cliches.
- Including “References available upon requests.”
- Listing your ‘objective’ (your objective is to get the job).
- Making vague claims.
- Using qualitative descriptions.
On getting hired: Cover letter vs. resume
5) “Dear Human Resources” Is So NOT Going To Get You The Job.
The cover letter was the person you were going to be working with for the next three to four years. The résumé was just what they had done.
Exec founder Justin Kan dishes on what startups look for in a resume and perhaps more importantly what you should leave off.
In your resume you need to 1) demonstrate that you are exceptional at the thing you do, and 2) not be disqualified by seeming crazy or imbalanced.
A simple rule: if something on your resume isn’t achieving one of the aforementioned two things, leave it off.
Creative New Ways To Land Your Dream Job
Job hunting isn’t all about savvy use of LinkedIn. As Dawn Siff’s 6-second Vine hustle recently proved, creativity wins in a crowded marketplace.
Meet Sasha Senderoff, who feels the intern hiring process is broken, particularly in creative industries like film, TV, music, and fashion. Step one: ditch the paper resume.