Have you been unable to get that foot-in-the-door interview, even though you sent your "perfectly acceptable" resume? Here are some terrific tips to avoid from LinkedIn guru Philip Chesney, a product manager at Alef Education.
1. Are you local? Most employers would generally prefer to hire someone who does not have to upend his or her life to start a job.
2. Are you authorized to work in the USA? There's a lot of red tape to cut through, otherwise. Find out which employers can handle the challenge.
3. Do you meet at least 70% of the minimum requirements of the posted job? Maybe you are not a perfect fit, but you need to meet most of the qualifications.
4. Do you have large unexplained employment gaps? If so, make sure you note classes you were taking or something you were doing during the gaps.
5. Are there too many short stays at previous jobs noted on your resume? If so, do you really need to mention all those jobs of short duration?
6. Did you take the time to actually name your resume correctly? Like, "Bill Smith Resume"
7. Have you carefully checked for spelling and grammar? Try to get a faculty member's eyes on your resume before it's sent out.
8. Have you formatted your resume for clarity, interest and priorities? Some kind of design will set you apart.
9. Is your resume too long? For anyone entering the job market, a concise one-page resume is the way to go.
10. Does your work and study experience actually match the job description?
11. Is your salary requirement in line with what sites like Glassdoor suggest? Or is your ask way out of the ballpark?
Take some time to get that resume in good shape for the job hunt this fall!