You're not including volunteer work
While listing extracurricular activities may be a nice way to fluff up a resume that's lacking substance, one thing in particular should be highly emphasized: volunteer work. "You should definitely be including volunteer work on your resume, especially if you haven't had many professional jobs," Levit said. "It shows concrete, positive experience, and is just a nice touch. A lot of the skills needed to help with fundraisers or running a campus group will translate nicely to the workforce."
You're not using the right template A functional resume (as opposed to a standard resume, which profiles your jobs and accomplishments in a chronological order) is only a good idea if you don't have much experience. According to Leavy-Detrick, many companies frown upon functional resumes nowadays, as they have a tendency to shield candidates with an inconsistent work history. But if you do have work inconsistencies or very little (like, almost zero) experience, Levit suggests using a functional resume to put skills and collected accomplishments from minor jobs, school, or volunteering front and center.
You're emailing it in the wrong format PDFs are the way to go, in the words of both our experts. "It's easy to read on any device, and it will make sure any fonts and formats aren't messed with. Simply put, it's the professional way to send a resume, and should be the standard," Levit said. I guess that's why trying to stand out with my "carrier pigeon" method never paid off.
Wil Fulton is a staff writer for Supercompressor. He has a job -- despite doing most of these things wrong. Please, don't take your chances. Follow him @WilFulton.
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