Ruining a résumé

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Reporter - Mike Mallory
Web Editor - Amanda Roberts

 Your résumé is your first impression when it comes to applying for a job, and first impressions are lasting impressions.

So how do you make sure your resume stands out?

You can get creative and show some flash in your résumé and cover letter.

According to media company, Sys-Con your résumé and cover letter are considered valuable if they are focused, specific, brief, useful, a quick read, and enjoyable.

Jim Pape of the Workforce and Economic Development department at West Kentucky Community and Technical College says, "everybody out there that's applying for a job is probably just as qualified as you are.  And you need to find something that sets you apart from the pack, but in a good way."

"You'd like to get their attention in a good way, rather than the resume being something that's passed around  the department for ridicule," Pape says. 

He's seen a lot of résumés and job applications over the years, and a lot of mistakes on them.  He says a spelling or grammatical error can be the tie-breaker between two job candidates -- or much worse...it can send a candidate straight to the bottom of the pile.

"You might as well not submit it," Pape says.
 
For example: spell check will catch the missing 'e' in development but it's United Nations -- not Untied Nations. And right below that- it should be than, t-h-a-n, not then, t-h-e-n.  You can't expect Spell check to catch those.  
 
These are not things that get you hired.
 
As simple as it sounds, make sure you correctly spell the name of the person and the business you're writing. Those doing the hiring demand a little attention to detail! 
 
Pape says, "companies now expect you to have researched them, to have researched the specific facility you might be interviewing for, to have researched the job, and to be kind of prepared to they fit in to meeting those requirements, and if they can't do that there's a lot of competition out there."

 

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