14 Things HR Won’t Tell You About Your Résumé
Your résumé is your first impression. Make it a good one.
We won’t overlook typos
“People who tweak their resumes the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error, because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune their résumés just one last time. And in doing so, a subject and verb suddenly don’t match up, or a period is left in the wrong place, or a set of dates gets knocked out of alignment. … Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality.” –Laszlo Bock, former Senior Vice President of People Operations for Google, writes on LinkedIn. Be extra careful with the word most commonly misspelled on résumés.
Re-order your bullets for the job description
“You don’t want to bury an important element at the bottom of a two-page résumé. Make those things stand out by either placing them at the top, or bolding them. Especially the ones we label within the description as ‘not required but preferred’ because those elements are likely to put you ahead of the competition.” –hiring manager Sean McGinnis writes for mscareergirl.com
An email will do
“Walking in and dropping off your résumé is no longer seen as a good thing. It’s actually a little creepy.” –Rich DeMatteo. Learn the best time to send a job application to up your chances of getting hired.
Don’t bother with an objective statement
“If the objective lists the title for the job for which the person is applying, the recipient will think the applicant changes it for each job. In other words, it is meaningless. If it is different, the recipient might think the person does not really want the job. In other words, it is counterproductive.” –Bruce A. Hurwitz, PhD, executive recruiter and career counselor with Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Ltd. Next, check out the 8 power words that will make your resume stand out.