6 Resume Mistakes You Should Never Make Again
Whether you’re contemplating sending out an application to a few targeted companies, or you’re ready for a major career change, your resume has a big impact on how potential employers perceive you. And, well, whether or not they even decide to move forward with a phone screening or an in-person interview. Maybe you’ve even taken the first step and researched the best companies for your dream job, or have tapped Instagram for career advice and inspiration. Whatever stage you’re at in the process, it can’t hurt to start building a smart resume. To lend a helping hand, we spoke with New York City career coach Win Sheffield on how to get your best boots, erm, heels on the ground.
1. There is no “right” format for your resume. “Sure, there’s more latitude for creativity if you are in graphic design than in law, but even attorneys can choose between an objective, a summary or a title expressing their expertise,” advises Win. The takeaway? Don’t stress so much about the visual appeal of your resume that you lose sight of the content. When you’re wordsmithing those bullet points, consider the language used in the job description, and try to mirror it. Don’t be afraid to show some personality, either. This is a great opportunity for personal branding.