Hundreds of resumes are written on daily basis. We have analyzed many ready-made resumes and our experts have singled out the most common mistakes in CV writing. Some of them usually look like apparent but it is still surprising why such rules as omission of the job-seeker’s surname in the name of the file, no check of spelling before applying, use of non-readable font, are not considered so often.
We have interviewed one of the senior HR managers with years of experience to point out the most common mistakes in resume writing.
Before resume composing it is important to determine the accents for a potential employer to pay attention to, i.e. orient to the vacancy description. For example, if the knowledge of English language is critical according to the vacancy description, it must be stated in the resume undoubtedly. If a vacancy description indicates that a resume should be written in English, it is useless to send it in any other language. Anyway, you will be asked to send it in English as this requirement was mentioned with a certain goal – a foreign representative of the employer takes part in the resume analysis and he will not be able to read a paper in any other language. Also, you often can see the goal like “Wish to obtain a manager position” in the resume for a developer vacancy and vice verse.
We advise to follow the exact resume structure, for example, the following one:
At the beginning of the resume it is necessary to give a brief information about your qualification. It provides an employer with the opportunity to see your strengths and experience. In this paragraph, it will be also right to mention the experience (number of years) you have worked with one or another specialization interesting for the employer, specific knowledge he might require.
It is not a secret that most of the foreign employers, for example, will pay attention to possession of certain certificates and trainings, education degree. Again, it is purposeful to mention only those trainings that will be interesting to the employer in accordance with the job description. It means that any employer would be hardly interested in the information that you have mastered guitar playing if you apply for a programmer. At the same time, this skill can be mentioned as your hobby. Education degree should be classified according to the international standard – Master’s/Bachelor degree.
|Period||February, 2003 – March, 2006|
|Company||Company, country, website|
|Job duties & responsibilities||Analysis… Design and development …|
We advise to describe your experience in the table format for a better perception and readability. If you are more comfortable to use another structure, we recommend emphasizing important information using another font. A paper containing only text without paragraphs, chapters and not formatted and structured can be hardly read to the end.
It is considered a good tone to number the resume pages and write the name and surname on each page. A recommended number of resume pages is two or three depending on the experience possessed. An extended resume that is usually required to be shown personally to the employer can have up to 10 pages.
Don’t forget to state the phone number or a preferable messenger for the recruiter to be able to contact you.
It is necessary to mention the most common problems in the article for our readers to avoid them.
A resume with mistakes makes a negative impression on the employer. Any spelling, stylistic, punctuation or grammar mistakes can be noticed at first sight.
Writing your Goal it is enough to state what position you apply for. Sometimes it is better not to write anything if to see what people set as their goals:
It is not rarely that a resume has an abundance of details from the person’s life. Zodiac sign, height, weight, favorite books and music bands, numerous hobbies and interests, stories from the childhood and a number of divorces are unnecessary information, for example:
Skipped dates especially within quite a long period make the employer think twice. Intersection of work dates between different companies (if part-time job is not mentioned) make think about person’s carelessness or not truthfully provided data.
Some data like 2003-2004 years can mean that you worked in the company either for two months only (from December 2003 to January 2004) or for almost two years.
When an employer analyzes a resume, he also determines candidate’s subordination: a candidate who is not able to meet the requirements of the resume structure or moreover, refuses existing standards will not be a good employee even if he is a super specialist. Subordination in this case is a person’s possibility to follow the existing procedures without perception of this fact as an opportunity to lower his self-estimation.
C# (Visual Studio 2008 and 2010), .NET Framework4, ASP.NET (3.5 and 4),
MS SQL Server 2008, Sitecore CMS 6.2, EpiServer CMS 5 and 6, Microsoft
SVN, AGILE/SCRUM methodology
September 12, 2008 – January 28, 2011 (Full-time)
Achievements and accomplishments:
Organize and coordinate corporate team building events, celebrations,
and Friday parties to support and enhance friendly and collaborative
environment in a team of 30 employees.
From 2002 to 2008
Master’s degree in Computer Engineering
More details for “Software developer resume” you can find here
From the other side, the resume seems difficult to comprehend, eyes move from one side to another one. The accent in this case is mainly made on the education, though it would be more important for an employer to learn about person’s work experience and possession of certain skills.
Recommendations: to decrease the number of colors used, avoid using citations.
Illinois Institute of Technology 2008 – June 30, 2012, 4th year
Specialty: Software Engineering
June 20, 2011 – July 10, 2011 in Practice under the guidance of
Software architect and C++ developer
Courses and sertifications
October 10, 2011 – June 30, 2011 in NetCreacker J2SE/J2EE/Oracle
September 01, 2010 – December 25, 2010 in Itera Consulting Group. QR and Testing
Professional skills and knowledge (Scale: 1-10)
UML, Waterfall, RUP, XP, Scrum, Kanban, Unit testing (NUnit, JUnit), GoF Design Patterns, Java (J2SE, J2EE).
Job-seeker’s resume looks attractive despite having job experience only as a trainee. We would recommend naming the position “Trainee” instead of “Practice under the guidance of …”
He has also used a knowledge estimation scale in accordance with professional skills without explanation of the indices between 1 and 10. What do 5 or 6 mean in this case? We recommend using another scale for this purpose, for example, Skills are valued subjectively; level of expertise rate: 1 = Basic knowledge; 2 = Some experience; 3 = Good; 4 = Advanced; 5 = Expert.
January – February
A job-seeker has sent a cover letter with the information that he wishes to apply for a job in IT sphere but has no experience. In this case, we would recommend orienting to trainee vacancies, communicate with the representatives of IT companies and receive recommendations about further professional development.
Also, if there is a desire to work in the IT company, it is possible to apply for different administration vacancies. Regarding the experience mentioned in the resume it can be a HR manager depending on the responsibilities stated in the job description.
Each of us has started from something, so if there is a desire, it will undoubtedly fulfill in reality. Good luck!
Accurate, patient and self-critical
Easy adaptable to change with an eagerness to toward learning and expanding capabilities.
Get on well with somebody. Understand problems and weaknesses of colleagues.
Characteristics of a leader. Penetrating if needed, strict and principal.
The only correction: indication of the basic skills of a Software Developer and Program Manager can lead to some questions: what responsibilities do you orient to more? Naturally, in case of being interested a recruiter will try to learn this information during the interview.
It is also recommended to check a resume against the spelling mistakes and proper formulations. In this resume, a phrase “Easy adaptable to change with an eagerness to toward learning and expanding capabilities” requires some changes, for example.
Baccalaureate of the Georgia Institute of Technology
September 2006 – June 2008
Magistrate of the Georgia Institute of Technology
October 2009 – October 2011
Postgraduate degree of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 should be mentioned in the paragraph “Work experience” according to the structure of the first part of the article.
2006 – 2012 Florida Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, Computer Science
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
In July 2011 finished the course “C++ professional” of the training center, have a certificate.
We recommend making Education chapter more structured and place information about the department and specialty to the new line. A candidate applies for a position of a junior С++/C# without corresponding experience, so information about completed courses and certificates should be mentioned at the beginning of the resume next to the listing of the professional skills.
English – native, French – excellent, Spanish – good.
In this resume, the author should check and delete different gaps in the sentences. Information about a driving licence seems unsuitable if there is no such a requirement in the job description. To indicate the level of language we recommend using a standard classification. For example, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate etc.