Sunday, May 3, 2015

12 Resume Mistakes that Might Cost an Applicant a Job

From LawCrossing, here are 12 items of advice on (not) drafting a resume:

1. Emphasizing responsibilities but not accomplishments -- or, conversely, getting bogged down in minutiae.
2. Telling (instead of showing) the reader how wonderful you are.
3. Allowing chronology to determine structure
4. Using a "one size fits all" approach

5. Wasting critical space under your name with a prominent display of your address and phone number.
6. Making margins so wide that the text is forced into narrow columns
7. Including your photograph.

8. Using small print.
9. Using a scripted font
10. Using bold typeface for standard categories.
11. Having your legal resume professionally printed.
12. Failing to take into account how the means of transmittal will alter the appearance. Another thing about e-mail is that the proliferation of viruses (and fears about viruses) have generated reluctance to open certain attachments. So in addition to attaching your résumé, you may want to cut and paste it into the e-mail, thereby giving the receiver the option of reviewing the e-mail, the attachment, or both.

You may not agree with them all. Please click here for full explanations.


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