Each week we’re counting down the top 10 mistakes that job seekers sometimes make in their search, and offering tips on how you can avoid them. This week’s tip is:
7) Resumes that describe primarily routine job responsibilities and tasks rather then accomplishments.
Remember, the goal of the resume is to open a door and get you an interview. Resumes that focus on mere job duties and responsibilities are more likely to close the door to an interview because they do not tell a potential employer what you have done to help solve problems, grow customers, increase revenue, or reduce costs. How you have performed for a previous employer is the best predictor of what you will do for a new employer. Every employer wants employees to go above and beyond the minimal or routine tasks and responsibilities of the job. Stimulate the employer’s imagination by painting a picture of what you can do for him/her by describing what you have done for others.
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#8 Job seekers are not specific about the kinds of jobs they want making the job search process less effective.
#9 Job seekers do not always take advantage of available support and resources.
#10 Job seekers do not take an honest self-inventory of what they have to offer an employer.