This article is contributed by Kevin David.
I bet you think your resume is perfect because you’ve spent so long working on it, … but why haven’t you found your dream job yet? Maybe it’s not as perfect as you think. You could be leaving certain things out because you’ve heard it’s the right thing to do. I want to speak to you about some of the things you might not include on your resume even though they should be on there. You can decide whether or not a rewrite is in order before you send your next one away.
Include lots of details
Conventional wisdom says you should keep your resume clear and to the point, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include lots of details. The perfect example is when you’re telling someone about your experiences. The person looking at your resume will want to know what you can do, so including lots of details will give them a much better idea of what you’re capable of. If you leave it too generic they might assume someone who includes more details can do more than you.
Speak about failures
Some people are too scared to talk about failures because they want to keep their past mistakes a secret. What you don’t realize is that not mentioning them doesn’t mean someone will think you’re perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, so the person reading your resume will still know you’ve failed only you’re not strong enough to admit it. People make mistakes and they come back stronger, so by telling someone where you went wrong you’re telling them you have learned from it.
Mention your travels
Employers don’t want to hear about that time you were blind-drunk and dancing on tables at a tropical beach bar, but you should still mention something about your travel experiences. Have you studied or worked abroad? Maybe you only volunteered and that is great too. Let them know about it because it can make you look good. Travelling around the world doesn’t mean you’re a lazy bum who would rather sip margaritas than get stuck into some hard work.
Low-level jobs are great
A lot of people decide to leave out a large portion of their life because they were working in a low-level job. On the face of things it might seem like it would be better to keep them a secret, but the fact you rolled your sleeves up and did what you had to do is very admirable. You also learn a lot of important skills in any kind of job. As the perfect example, a waitress would be great at dealing with customers and serving them as effectively as possible.
Do you have any side-projects?
If you have a side-project, you are banking on it taking off, right? You will only be able to start at a company and work a few months before your own venture turns you into an overnight millionaire, so you don’t want to mention what you’re doing in your free-time. Most employers will be impressed that you spend hours out of the office building up your own skills. They might think you will become a bigger asset to the company than someone who sits in front of the TV every night.
Don’t be scared to include something
What you mention on your resume will obviously depend on which company you’re applying to, but don’t fail to include something we’ve talked about because you don’t think it will paint you in a good light. It could have the opposite effect and sometimes your resume needs to be special in order to stand out. Think very carefully before you send out your next one because adding in certain things could be the difference between getting the job or being rejected again.
Kevin David writes for Resume Service, which provides professional resume writers who help aspirants in Australia.His hobbies include bike racing and playing chess. You can learn more about him by simply visiting www.resumeservice.com.au