The Five Most Common Resume Myths
Myth #1: Your resume will get you the job.
Reality: A great resume may not be enough to land the job. Other candidates may meet the qualifications more closely. Unwritten rules may govern the hiring process. When you answer an ad, your cover letter may be even more critical than your resume.
But a weak resume can defeat your chances, even if you’re otherwise qualified.
Myth #2: You won’t need a resume if you get your job through networking.
Reality: Occasionally you’ll make a great impression on an employer who has complete authority to hire you. However, often the hiring decision must be approved by another level of management and/r the Human Resources department. Your future boss may have to “sell” you as the ideal new employee.
Myth #3: Your resume shows your skills and previous duties.
Reality: Your resume should demonstrate that you know how to get results. More important, you need to show that these accomplishments have prepared you for the job you seek now. Anyway, after the age of sixteen, you no longer have duties. You have responsibilities and achievements.
Myth #4: Omit objectives and personal information.
Reality: Phrase your objective as a strong selling point: “Award-winning sales executive seeks opportunity to utilize proven managerial skills. Can motivate sales force and exceed sales goals.”
Use personal information to showcase qualities that make you a good fit for the job. Maybe you’ve coached a teenaged soccer team or served as treasurer of the PTA. And you can help the interviewer bond with you. When I wrote, “Single with two cats,” most interviewers commented — and I was able to tell if my future colleagues had a sense of humor.
Myth #5: Once you create a resume, make a thousand copies and keep sending them out.
Reality: Expect your resume to undergo modification as you add accomplishments and target different employers. You can also ask your network for comments — and you’ll probably be surprised at what you learn.
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., is an author, speaker and career/business consultant. Your Next Move Ezine: Read one each week and watch your choices grow!