1. Being vague about education

 Many candidates try to mention the bare minimum about education. Just saying that you did a BA from Delhi University is not enough. Mention the college and the course and the period you studied there. If your grades were good, mention that. Add any accolades you won in college. The same goes for school. But again: don’t write too much and never lie. All documents will be cross-checked if you bag the job offer.

  1. No detailed work experience

Recruiters and hiring managers will dismiss any resume that does not clearly mention the work experience in detail. You will be hired on your work experience (more than your skills) and that should stand out in the resume. Each job should be clearly demarcated, with tenure and key responsibilities and achievements. But do not add too much detail. That puts off recruiters too.

  1. Shortening words

 In this age of WhatsApp and Twitter, shortening words is a necessity. But why do it in a resume? What’s the hurry? What if the recruiter gets confused? So, do not say you work in an e-comm company. Say e-commerce. Also, keep a tab on the language. Do not add too many jargons or use heavy words. If the recruiter, who is a generalist, does not understand what you have written, how will he/she pass it on to the hiring manager?

  1. Going on and on about your skills

There seems to an unusual emphasis on listing skills first and candidates tend to show they are experts in almost everything. This only befuddles the recruiter. Skills are generic (all candidates for the profile have them) but your work experience is unique. Highlight that confidently.

  1. You sent it in late.

Keep this in mind: over 60% of jobs are filled through referrals. That means, even if you apply the minute a job is posted, it could already be late. So, exercise your networking muscles frequently and, when you do apply to a job posting, make sure it’s submitted within three days.

  1. Skipping proofreading

This lesson will be there in every listing you read about writing resumes. But it’s worth repeating here too. Do not make spelling mistakes in this age of spell checks from MS Word to Gmail. Read the resume twice and thrice. It should be impeccable. www.iibmindia.in

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