On May 27, 2009, I wrote a blog post here on Career Hub titled “Your Résumé Sucks If"…
In a recent session with a client, I asked him what he thought of his résumé –overall. Overall, I’d have to say it sucks. (Reminded me of the 2009 blog post!) So, how do you know if your résumé sucks? Here are a few additional ideas for you to consider regarding Your Résumé Sucks If…
- it doesn’t look original, distinctive and professional.
- you use the same action verbs repeatedly.
- there is no white space.
- text is written in paragraph form.
- there is too much text.
- there are spelling errors.
- your email address is unprofessional.
- the information communicated isn’t relevant to the job target.
- multiple fonts are used
- It looks cluttered and disorganized.
- it lacks examples and evidence.
- the font is too small to be read with ease.
- you have included multiple phone numbers, plus a fax number.
- you haven’t stated your occupational purpose.
- you use your employer’s email address.
- you include information that is proprietary.
- your profile doesn’t prove relevance to your target goal.
- you haven’t customized it to fit the job of interest.
- you include references on your resume.
- achievements and key successes are missing.
- content is exaggerated, untruthful or deceptive.
- content is incomplete.
- what the employer experiences in person doesn’t match what is stated in print.
- you haven’t taken the time to craft a compelling story about the amazing brand Y O U!
If you think your résumé sucks, here’s something more to ponder. According to a Google search just now, there are 51,400,000 résumé writers, 2,040,000 career transition consultants, and 293,000,000 career experts. Surely, one of them can teach you how to write a résumé that does not suck.