3 Reasons Your Resume Fails to Impress

Today’s post is a guest post from Donna Mitchell. Thanks Donna!

3 Reasons Your Resume Fails to Impress

A resume is much more than a simple piece of paper; in fact, it is the pivot on which your entire career revolves. In a world that is filled with cutthroat competition, it is your weapon that helps you find your place in the industry of your choice, which is why you must hone it to perfection. It is a missive that employers see even before they set eyes on you, so you must ensure that it hits your target accurately. If employers fail to call you for an interview after reading your resume, you can assume that it has failed to impress them and failed you in the process. A few reasons why this could have happened are:

· Lack of experience: I don’t mean your lack of experience in writing a resume, but your lack of anything substantial to put down in the space marked for experience. Employers are not too keen on taking on greenhorns who have to be trained for the job – this costs them time and money. So experience matters. So what do you do if you’re a college graduate who’s on the lookout for a job? You’re going to claim that it’s practically impossible for you to have gained any experience. Au contraire, if you know what you want to do with your life early on in college, you could gain experience through internships and volunteer programs in the industry of your choice. You may not get paid, but at least you gain in experience and enhance your prospects of landing a good job.

· Lack of organization: A resume that’s all over the place is going to find its way straight to the trash can. If you haven’t bothered to put some time and effort into creating your resume and making sure that prospective employers are able to gain a glimpse of your abilities by just looking at it, then your resume is not worth the paper it is written on. You must organize your information in the right order and in the right sequence so that it is easy for people reading it to grasp who you are and what your abilities are in the least possible time. Employers do not have time to waste on complicated resumes that are all frills and no substance.

· Too much information: You may have an achievement list that is a mile long, but that does not mean they should all find their way into your resume. Put down only what is relevant to the job you are applying for and don’t exaggerate your skills, talents, abilities or accomplishments. List what you have actually done rather than the positions you’ve held. And focus on the requirements and qualifications that are needed for the job you’re applying for.

When you know why your resume fails to impress and take the necessary action to correct your errors, you can rest assured that you will have better luck at finding a job that you love.


This guest post was contributed by Donna Mitchell , who regularly writes on the topic of paralegal schools online . She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: donna.mitchell@rediffmail.com

Read the original: Liz Handlin’s Ultimate Resumes Blog