As a top recruitment company in Germany, we review a lot of executive resumes and there are certain things that are absolute pitfalls. So, if your resume is not giving you the desired results, here is a helpful guide from one of the best recruitment companies in Germany, a list of 10 things that you need to avoid in your executive resume.
- Offering Up Unnecessary Personal Details
The top section of any resume is the personal information and that is where you need to be a little cautious in including unnecessary personal information such as your religion or marital status etc.
- Unprofessional Email Addresses
We all have them, some funnier and more embarrassing than others, but there is simply no excuse to put them in your resume. This is the paper where you want to show how professional and hardworking you are in your job and the first thing you tell them is only unprofessional. Do not do this. Create a professional email address for yourself.
- Personal Pronouns
This is one of the most common mistake we come across. Use of personal pronouns such as “I”, “Me” or “My” in the resume needs to be omitted as one follows the convention of resume writing.
- Font Choices
In short, “It is not only about what you write but also about the way you write it.” While scanning the resume, decisions are made based on everything that is in your resume and that also includes the choice of font. Research has shown that the fonts can say a lot about a person so you need to be really careful while selecting one for your resume. Times New Roman or other serif fonts are considered old fashioned fonts but at the same time, you might want to steer away from fancy, calligraphy fonts which are difficult to read and understand. As they say, “Beautify your resume with your words rather than your font.”
- Spelling Mistakes and Poor Grammar
A pretty self-explanatory but the most non-negotiable point in your resume. Having a spelling mistake or grammatical error is not only a poor reflection on your intelligence but also questions your ability to pay attention to detail, your genuine interest in this role and your time management skills.
- Inconsistent Formatting
Sometimes, when we are creating a new resume, we pick chunks of it from our old resume and this sometimes lead to inconsistent formatting and is a big pitfall. So make sure that the font type, its size and formatting are consistent. You need to be more cautious especially while adding bullet points, dates and other features.
- Lack of Tangible Elements
While going through your resume, the primary question is whether you are a potential employee who will be able to bring an ROI for the company if you are hired. To showcase this you need to write down your achievements in a highly quantitative and measurable way thus making your capability unquestionable.
- Irrelevant History
Executive search usually presents us with resumes of people having more than 15 years of experience and as tempting as it sounds, you absolutely should avoid pouring each and every detail of it in your resume. The most acceptable length of an executive resume is 2 – 4 pages and any overstepping this limit would make you look like an unprofessional. Hence, it is often advised to only summarize positions that are a long time ago.
- Your Compensation Level
Don’t worry! You will get plenty of opportunities to discuss this but your resume is definitely not one of them. A resume is not an appropriate platform to state your current salary or your future financial goals so please keep them to yourself for now and wait for the right opportunity to discuss this.