A great resume outlining your career won’t get you a job, but it could definitely make a hiring manager not want to interview you, which is tough when you’re trying to advance your career.
You need to know what not to do when you’re applying for a manager job so you can improve your chance of getting an interview and actually getting hired. Here are some tried and true tips from a business owner who’s seen it all:
Type it. Do not handwrite your resume. This might not make sense to you because your application will be handwritten. It is an accepted practice for a managerial job for the job applicant to type his or her resume. Typing the resume tells the hiring manager that you are prepared, you probably know how to use a computer, you can spell or have found spell check, and you can organize information in a businesslike manner.
Sniff, sniff. You may be tempted to smoke while you’re writing your resume but please don’t. A recruiter makes a career out of looking at resumes and they don’t like to touch a stinky resume. For your best chance at getting hired into the business world, make sure your resume has no stains and is odor-free.
Spelling and grammar matter. Run spell and grammar check on your resume and then read it out loud to a friend. If you want to further your career and are asking a business to give you the opportunity to become a manager, you must first do your homework to show the business that you can be trusted to take that next step in your career.
Leave it out. Don’t put your current wage on your resume. The business may ask for that information, but that doesn’t mean you have to give it to them unless they specifically say that your resume won’t be considered without it. If you leave your current financial information off the resume, the business is more likely to pay you a higher wage than if they know what you’re currently making. Business owners tend to look at a person’s wages over their career and think: “Well, I had planned to pay someone $30 an hour, but I see this person is used to making $12, so I’ll offer $20 and they’ll probably take it.” Typically, the applicant does take the lower wage because it seems like such a big financial boost for them!
Plain is better. When you’re choosing what type of paper to print your resume on, plain is better. Hiring managers don’t really care if your resume is on plain white copy paper or if it’s on fancy marbled heavy duty paper. In fact, the white copy paper seems more modern and the heavier paper makes it look like you’re still doing business like it’s the 80’s and many young businesspeople don’t like to hire someone that they feel is not “up with the times.”
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