Resume Mistakes Common to Seasoned Workers

By Laura DeCarlo

Having a long work history is definitely an advantage in the job market. However, you want to avoid certain resume gaffes. When you have a long job history, you’re more likely to need updates on the following issues.

  • Choosing the wrong focus: Choosing the wrong focus is a problem shared with new graduates who fail to elaborate on those jobs that best address the hoped-for next job. Like the real estate adage that the operating principle is location, location, location, the operating principle for better jobs is target, target, target.

  • Using old resume standards: Many seasoned workers have an outdated concept of what a resume should be. Busy employers and resume-processing computers don’t care that you’re a par golfer or play impressive tennis; this kind of personal information may come out at the interview.

  • Lacking a summary: Because of the extensiveness of your experience, your resume may be a grab bag without a summary. Suppose you’re an auditor who yearns for the country life. You can write: Internal Auditor: Farm Equipment Industry, followed by a one- or two-paragraph summary of why you’re qualified. Think of a summary as a salesperson’s hook. It describes some of your special skills, how you stand out from the competition for your target, your familiarity with the target industry, and your top accomplishments.

  • Not supplementing a high school education: If your highest education attainment is high school, don’t forget to mention any continuing education, including seminars and workshops related to your work, if those studies apply to what you want to do next.