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May 09 2013

5 Résumé No-Nos

By David McMillin, Staff Writer

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You’re ready to hit the send button to be considered for that perfect job match. Have you double-checked your résumé ? Actually, strike that. Have you triple-checked it?

A new survey of 144 executive recruiters conducted by Connecticut-based ExecuNet highlights that employers continue to see careless mistakes on the résumés that wind up on their desks.

Here’s a look at the top five reasons recruiters screen out résumés:

1)  Grammar mistakes

2)  Typos

3)  Gaps in employment history

4)  Inconsistent formatting

5)  Missing metrics

“Before sending your résumé to anyone, it’s important to make sure there are no glaring mistakes or missing information,” Don Weintraub, managing director, performance improvement and career services, ExecuNet, said in a statement. “Job seekers have to realize the résumé is a marketing document and nothing short of the best impression will suffice.”

SEE ALSO: The PCMA Career Center

How to Make Yourself Stand Out

You want to do more than keep your résumé from the bottom of the wastebasket, though, and statistics show that a well-written cover letter can help attract more attention to your name. In a 2012 survey of more than 1,000 senior managers conducted by OfficeTeam, more than 90 percent of respondents indicated that a cover letter is a valuable tool in evaluating applicants.

“It’s a very competitive job market, and recruiters and hiring managers see countless résumés on a daily basis,” Jason Paganessi, vice president, business innovation, PCMA, says. “Cover letters provide a point of differentiation for applicants where they can establish a real sense of who they are and showcase the specific reasons they would make a great addition to the team.”

A Résumé Only Goes So Far...

Still, putting the pieces of a traditional application together won’t automatically give you the golden ticket to a new job. In today’s social media-fueled world, your next job may be just a few connections away on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Social media does more than provide brands and organizations with additional marketing muscle. It also gives anyone looking for work the ability to establish meaningful online relationships with peers who can recommend them for new positions.

SEE ALSO: Your Career Is Counting On Your Social Media Profiles

Open Your Address Book

However, you can spend countless hours perfecting the formatting and the language of your previous work experience, and you can dedicate plenty of time to sending contact requests and making status updates. In the end, you really need one key piece: contacts. The top reason that survey respondents were more likely to highly consider résumés were when the applicants were referred by someone they know.

SEE ALSO: The Job Search Spiderweb

For a full look at the ExecuNet survey results, click here

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