|What you write:
||What you think it says.
||Why we don't call you back.
||What you can do about it
|A resume that closely follows the same format as a thesis.
||You are an intellectual and we'd be silly not to call you.
||We don't understand how to read your resume to be able to match your experience to an open role.
||Dumb it down. Keep your sentences short, sweet and to the point.
|The same descriptor words for each bullet point, like the word "expert" or "utilized".
||You are an "expert" at every single task listed. You have "utilized" everything, so you are the best person to hire.
||There are hundreds of other candidates that know how to sell themselves better.
||Use a thesaurus. Pick your most used descriptor word and change it up.
|Your life story, how you became unemployed, why you didn't like your last placement, a personal appeal about your finances.
||Hiring Managers will make an emotional connection and will call you back because you "deserve a break".
||We have concerns that you have the potential to be an HR nightmare to our clients.
||Separate your personal life from your business life and focus on selling yourself based exclusively on your abilities.
|Five different roles under the same client placement. You are a Project Manager... no a Business Analyst... no a Risk Specialist.
||Your professional abilities are limitless. You can easily transition from role to role and are flexible and adaptable.
||We don't know how to classify your skill set. We have doubts about whether you can perform all the different roles you claim.
||Create 2 or 3 different resumes to highlight your different skill sets. One resume for Project Management, one resume for Business Analysis and one resume for Risk.
|References available upon request.
||That you have references lined up and are therefore trustworthy.
||Other candidates make it easier for us by providing three solid professional references.
||Obtain blanket permission from your references to use them and then provide us with the information we need to make an informed decision about your hiring potential.