John Wolfe, a career expert for Monster/Military.com, hosted TODAY's resume and interview workshops. Here are his 10 tips to crafting the perfect resume for Wednesday's virtual job fair.
Mistake 10: Including too much military jargon so a human resources professional cannot determine where you would best fit with the company.
Solution: Describe the skills that you gained in the military in a generally understandable manner. Don't focus on one aspect of your position but your responsibilities and accomplishments as a whole and that are not just specific to the military. The responsibility for translating your skills into English is yours! An effective tool is the Military.com Military Skills Translator.
Mistake 9: Including multiple phone numbers.
Solution: Include only your primary phone number and make sure you have an answering machine or voice mail on that number along with a courteous professional greeting.
Mistake 8: Leaving off your email address.
Solution: Always include your email address. This is the second most popular way, after the phone, the vast majority of employers and recruiters correspond.
Mistake 7: Including a picture on the resume.
Solution: Leave off all pictures. In the United States, this information could be considered discriminatory.
Mistake 6: Adding personal information about yourself, including marital status and kids.
Solution: Leave this off all together. You do not want to allow the hiring manager to make certain assumptions they are not allowed by law to make. The HR professional may feel that you will not travel, etc. because of your family.
Mistake 5: Including any information that would specifically lead a reasonable person to know from a resume the applicant's race, color or religious affiliation.
Solution: Leave off all information of any group or award that specifically reveals your race, color or religious background. This background is a hot potato for an employer and could cause them to immediately eliminate the resume from consideration.
Mistake 4: Submitting resumes longer than three pages.
Solution: The longest any resume should be is two pages. Remember that a resume is to tell a brief career history — the emphasis on brief! Many people feel they will look better to an employer having a longer resume. The reality is, the reverse is true. A curriculum vitae that is used in countries outside the United States and Canada should be longer, but not a resume.
Mistake 3: Using the word "I" anywhere in the resume.
Solution: A resume should be written in third person.
Mistake 2: Using elaborate or non-standard fonts.
Solution: Use a very standard font, like one that is used in a book. Both people and optical character readers (OCR) can read the standard fonts such as Times New Roman or Courier. Remember: The purpose of sending a resume to an employer is to have it read.
Mistake 1: Having a resume that does not match the person.
Solution: People are brought in for interviews based on their resumes. If the person during the interview does not match the resume, the company feels they have been misled.
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