Get These 8 Things Off Your Resume
Be sure to remove eight things off your resume before applying for your next job.
By Angela Rose for Hcareers.com
What’s the most important document you’ll ever create?
The answer is not your Internet dating profile. It’s your resume. While a 2012 study by TheLadders found that recruiters might only spend six seconds reviewing it, the right resume can make those seconds count, getting the employer’s attention while helping you avoid deadly errors that can ruin a job search. Unfortunately, far too many hospitality professionals around the world spend so much time (minutely) detailing their accomplishments, adding flashy formatting and ignoring glaring typos that they end up with resumes that actually turn off their intended audience—a result as unwelcome in the service industry as it is in the dating world.
Before you apply for your next line cook, front desk agent or assistant general manager job, make sure you’ve removed these eight things from your resume that are likely doing you more harm than good.
1. A “career objective” statement.
Most objectives state the type of hotel or restaurant job you want and little else (“UK professional seeking a position as a kitchen manager,” for example). They rarely communicate why you’re interested in a particular hospitality position with a particular employer or how you can satisfy that employer’s needs. Simply put, they’re a waste of valuable real estate. You only have one page to sell yourself so make every sentence count.
2. Pictures (professional or otherwise).
It’s a resume, not a social media profile. While you may be tempted to include your headshot or candid snapshots that illustrate your sparkling personality, creative flair in the kitchen or passion for travel, these will only distract hotel and restaurant hiring managers from the information they actually need. Your resume should be an easily reviewable list of what you’ve done, how well you did it and how you’ll use that experience to their benefit, not a photo collage.
3. Creative fonts.
So you’re a Canadian recreation manager with a flair for design. Save that skill for your next home decorating project and stick to the basics when formatting your hospitality resume. Not only are creative fonts like Comic Sans and Papyrus more difficult for hiring managers to read, they can also cause popular applicant tracking software programs to reject your document.
4. Your address.
Maybe you’re open to relocating or aren’t afraid of a longer commute. That’s well and good, but it’s not a question you want a recruiter to ask him or herself upon first review of your resume. Play it safe and remove your home address. If you must include something to indicate your location, make it the city and state/county/province of your current or former hospitality employer.
5. An unprofessional email address.
While you obviously don’t want to answer employment enquiries from your current work email address, including a less than professional account on your resume can be an even bigger turnoff for recruiters. You might be the best hotel general manager in North America, but don’t expect a hiring manager to believe that if your email address includes things like “crazycatlady” or “tswift4ever.”
6. Regurgitated job descriptions.
Once again, you must sell your qualifications to the hiring manager on a single page. When time is of the essence, he or she’s less interested in what you did day-to-day (“maintained kitchen equipment,” “abided by health regulations” and “transported supplies from storeroom”) and more concerned with quantifiable accomplishments (“increased kitchen productivity by 15 percent”). This is your opportunity to brag so make your focus on results, not tasks.
7. Overused phrases.
Does your resume include phrases such as “demonstrated ability to” and “uniquely skilled at?” According to Laura Smith-Proulx, executive resume writer, “hiring managers are starting to expect more from top candidates who want to stand out in the crowded job market.” Ax such trite wording immediately along with this list of other tired phrases to avoid.
8. Typographical errors.
Every error you make on your hospitality resume increases your chance of rejection. According to one recent survey, 17 percent of hiring managers will trash a resume if it contains a single typo. The number increases to 63 percent for two errors and 90 percent for three. What does this mean for you? Whether you’re applying for a hotel or restaurant job in the US, UK or Canada, proofreading is essential. Don’t rely on your word processing software’s spellcheck feature, either. Ask a friend to lend a second pair of eyes or carefully proof your own work.
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About the Author
Angela Rose researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends, and workplace issues for Hcareers.com.
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