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Common Resume Mistakes

Resume mistakes are made by even the best of us, no matter what the education and proficiency of the job seeker may be.  Listed below are some of the most common resume mistakes made by caregivers (nannies, babysitters, senior caregivers, etc.).

  • Inattention to detail.  This includes typographical errors, punctuation problems, grammatical errors, etc.  It is important for job seekers to thoroughly proofread their resumes before sending them to their prospective employers.  For job seekers who struggle with their proofreading skills, asking colleagues, close friends, or family members to proofread the resumes can be very helpful.
  • Failing to emphasize those skills or traits that are most relevance to the job sought.  Most employers review resumes quickly, eliminating equally quickly those candidates that do not “shine” at first glance.  Therefore, those skills or traits that make job seekers particularly well qualified should be in bold text to help their resumes stand out.
  • Leaving off job-relevant information.  For example, if some short-term jobs are not shown on a resume, the resume then shows gaps in employment that will subsequently require explanation . . . assuming the job seeker is even given a chance to explain the gaps.
  • Including information that is not job-relevant.  For example, unless the prospective employer wishes for the caregiver to teach tatting to the children, listing tatting as a hobby is irrelevant to the position sought.  Such extraneous information unnecessarily lengthens a resume, clutters it with useless data, and highlights that the job seeker in question lacks professionalism and focus.
  • Being too personal or too impersonal in the information shared or the style of communication.  Being too personal implies inappropriate boundaries in use by the job seekers.  Being too impersonal implies a cool or detached personality; most employers wish to employ warm and nurturing personalities as caregivers.
  • Lack of specificity.  For example, not listing at least month and year of hire and separation on each job on the resume is often a critical failing: prospective employers want to know if their candidates are “job hoppers”.
  • Failing to customize the resume to the job sought.  For example, the career objective listed on each resume should be tailored to the specific job and the specific employer.
  • Verbosity.  Unless the job seeker is quite experienced (i.e., has a long work history), the resume should generally be about two pages long.

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