Let’s talk about resumes.
At some point in your life,probably sooner than you think,
you’re gonna have towrite one of these things.
And whether you’re applyingfor a job or an internship,
or in some cases even a scholarship,
your resume is likely going to be the first thing
that the decision maker sees, when they’re evaluating you.
Which means they’re important. Now,
because these things are so important,
then any recruiter or hiring manager is
obviously gonna give every one they receive
the utmost care and attention, right?
In reality, most resumesare never actually seen by
a human recruiter.
And of those that actually do make it to a recruiters desk,
most are unceremoniously thrown in the trash
after just a few seconds.
And this is just a numbers game.
In fact, Google alone gets over1 million resumes per year.
And that breaks down to over 2,700 a day. Now,
those numbers seem daunting and they can be a little bit intimidating,
but there is some good news.
Because a lot of people makesome really common mistakes
on their resumes that couldput them out of the running.
And if you could learn to avoid those mistakes,
you’re gon na have a huge leg-up on the competition. So,
today we are going over five of the worst resume mistakes you can make, and we’re gonna talk abouthow you can avoid them
so that you get that dream job that you are going for.
The first big mistake we’re gon na
go over is the tendency for people to write their experience section
in a way that lists their job duties rather than their jobs accomplishments.
But the thing is,employers do no care about
what you were expectedto do at your last job.
They care about what you can do for them,
and they wan na see concrete examples from
your past experience that point to that.
And since most of themare not Albus Dumbledore
and they don’t have apensieve sitting in a corner,
they can’t just peer into the past and watch you at work.
Which means it’s yourresponsibility to clearly
and succinctly show what you accomplished
in that little amount of space you have.
Here’s an example from my own resume.
During my senior year,
I had a job on campus at a research department.
And I got hired as a web developer
and I did maintain the website, I did make changes to it.
But at one point,
I also had a small, probably three hour
project where I created an automation script that
ended up saving the company about 240 hours of work.
And since people there weregetting paid about nice bucks
an hour, you can do the math on how much money that saved.
Now even though that project only
took me a few hours to do,
in the eyes of a hiring manager,
it would have been by far the best indication
of my creative problem solving abilities and my
ability to save their company money in the future,
out of anything I did there. Now,
you might be thinkingto yourself right now,
“I don’t have a story like this,
“I haven’t saved a company a ton of hours
“or thousands of dollars yet.”
But what you do have,
is the ability to make your achievements as concrete
and as specific as possible,and to quantify them.
To look at another example from my resume.
During my junior year, I was a resident advisor at my university.
And I could’ve just said,
“ Helped to smoothly run a community of students,”
but I put 62 students becausethat gives a more concrete
and quantified example of howmany students I was managing.
Big mistake number twois, believe it or not,
typos and grammatical errors.
And you might be thinking,
“ This is the most obvious boring tip that could ever
“be on a video like this.”
But it needs to be said because I, myself,
have fallen victim to it.
During the summer before my sophomore year, I
was getting ready for the career fair and I
created what I thought was the perfect resume.
I had a ton of experiences, tons of clubs,
tons of part time jobs that I could show off.
I was thinking,”I’m gonnago into that career fair,
“and I am going to crushall the competition.” But,
to check off all the boxes,
I decided to get a resume review from my career counselor first. So,
I go into her office, I
sit down, and I’m thinking this is
going to be a five minute meeting.
She’s going to give me a gold star
and say, “ Thomas, this was the
best resume I’ve ever reviewed!”
But instead, she pulls out a red pen and starts marking stuff up.
And as she’s marking things,
I start to see that she’s marking out typos.
Things that I did not catch myself.
And I thought my resume was perfect. So,
if you can, get your resume reviewed by your career counselor.
And if you can’t,
at least have somebody that you trust, who isn’t you,
run over it before youstart handing it out.
Because we are always more scrutinizing and more
careful when we’re proofreading someone else’s work
than our own.
The third big mistake islisting all of your experience
in purely chronological orderinstead of it’s relevancy
to the position you’re applying to.
A lot of people think they’re actually
supposed to list their experience in chronological order.
But this is something that you shouldn’t do
because you really don’t have a whole lot of
time to catch the recruiters eye.
So you wanna put the mostrelevant thing first.
In fact, according to astudy done by theladders.com,
recruiters spend anaverage of just 6 seconds
looking at a resume beforethrowing it into the trash
and going to to the next one. So,
if you’re a computer sciencemajor applying for a job,
and last summer you did an internship in software
development where you literally built and shipped software,
but then after that you just, like,
比如 你在Burger King上班
worked at Burger King during the year.
You definitely want to put that software development internship at the
top because a recruiter at a computer science company is not
going to care so much about Burger King.
Now you can definitely go to far here,
which means that there is a balance that has to be struck.
In fact, I got an email from somebody
in their mid 20s recently who asked me
if it would be
a good idea to put a mission trip
they did when they were 11 years old on their resume.
And as I was trying to answer that persons question,
I imagined myself as the hiring director looking
at that persons resume.
And all I could think of was that something
like that on a resume is gon na look like
just grasping at straws.
I’m gonna think,”Why isn’tthere anything else you’ve done
“in the intervening 15years, that deserves to kick
“that thing off the resume.” Now,
maybe this doesn’t apply to
people who have already had long and illustrious careers,
who have 20 page CVs and tons of awards
on their shelf in their office.
But if you are just lookingfor an entry-level position,
or you’re just a few years into your career,
then recency does matter.
The fourth big mistake thatis really common to students especially,
is placing tomuch emphasis on paid work.
A lot of students think that if they didn’t
get paid for it, it doesn’t really count
and it doesn’t belong in that experience section.
But here’s the thing,
employers don’t actually look at it that way.
Maybe you’re like Ron Swanson.
You’ve been working in the quarry since you were 12 years
old and you have tons of part time jobs that you were
paid for that you can put on your resume.
But most students don’t havethat kind of experience.
For the most part, when students are looking fortheir first entry-level job,
they don’t have a whole lot of paid work under their belt.
And when they do, it’s oftenstuff like working at Subway,
或Flipping Burger快餐 或当收银员
or flipping burgers, orworking as a cashier.
Honorable work to be sure, but it
often doesn’t exemplify the traits that recruiters
are looking for in more technical positions.
But many times those same students have volunteer experiences,extracurriculars,
and clubs where they didgain experience in what
the recruiters are looking for.
And if that’s you,
you should definitely put those experiences right at the top of your experience section.
Don’t hide them away in aclubs and volunteering section.
And that brings us to our
final big mistake on the list,
which is using the same resume to apply
for every single position you go for.
This is a huge mistake.
Because again, you’ve got just six seconds
to catch your recruiters eye.
So make sure you’re tailoring your resume
to every single position that you’re applying for.
If you’re an active student,
then it’s more than likely you have a diverse set of experiences and skills.
So when you’re going fora position, ask yourself,
what are the exact skillsthat are gonna look the best
to a recruiter hiring for this position?
And make sure you tailor your resume to show those things first.
If you have both freelance writing experience and coding experience,
then a writing job
is gonna take a differentresume than a coding job.
And the other important thingto note here, to be honest,
is that using the same resume to apply
for every single job is downright lazy.
And it shows, which is bad,
because honestly one of the top qualities
that recruiters across everysingle industry is looking for,
is a clear indication that this candidate
is going to go above and beyond.
And I can kinda weigh inhere myself at this point,
because I actually haveeight people on my team now.
And when I’m looking to hire somebody,
the top qualities in my mind are clear work ethic,
a clear ability to solveproblems independently,
and culture fit.
If somebody doesn’t check those three boxes,
then their technical skills don’t really matter to me. And,
on the flip side, ifthey do check those boxes
and they have a slight deficiencyin the technical skills,
that often doesn’t matterbecause I know as long as they’re
a quick learner and can solve problems,
I can train them in those technical areas. Now,
when it comes to your resume,
the best way you’re going to demonstrate these qualities
is by letting your pastaccomplishments speak for themselves
by making sure that experience section shows off accomplishments
in a very clear and specific way. But,
tailoring your resume to the company
and showing that you put effortinto the application process
goes a long way as well. Now,
that being said,
when it comes to showing off those more intrinsic qualities,
your resume is not thebest tool for the job. Honestly,
those are probably gon na come out most
in the interview when you have real face-to-face interaction
with that hiring manager.
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