RÉSUMÉ CRINGE FACTORS

Always tell the truth. Even if you make it through the Applicant Tracking Software, aka ATS, there are other credibility check-points for dates of employment, job titles, and gaps, to name just a few. Use a cover letter, not a cover-up, to address in a positive way any job candidacy issues.

Nothing tests a hiring manager’s patience more than those often seen résumé mistakes which, for just a little bit of time and attention on the writer’s part, could lower the reader’s stress level and further the candidate’s cause. Here are some of the most annoying résumé cringe factors that don’t seem to go away:

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RÉSUMÉ GROUND RULES

The Number 5 is commonly referred to as the number of humanity. Human beings have five fingers, five toes, five appendages (if the head is included), five senses, and five major systems of the body. It should therefore be of no surprise that there are 5 résumé ground rules that you need to pay attention to:

1-The goal of every résumé is singular: TO GET THE INTERVIEW

2-The focus should be on ACHIEVEMENTS

3-You need to adapt your resume to every opportunity you apply for

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PB&J YOUR RESUME WITH A COVER LETTER

Imagine a PB&J without the peanut butter or the jelly, Unimaginable! The same goes for sending a résumé with no cover letter. A résumé is of limited value to a prospective hiring manager without a cover letter communicating why you’re the ideal candidate for the specific job posted and demonstrating that you’ve done your homework on the company. Your cover letter accomplishes things that your résumé can’t and saves the hiring manager the time to figure out why you’re the best fit.

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