Jayne Mattson, senior vice president at Keystone Associates, a leading career management and transition services consulting firm, says that when millennials don’t take the time to reevaluate resumes and interviews that don’t prove successful, they continue to miss out on opportunities.
TOP 3 RESUME MISTAKES
Creating a resume that reads like a job description rather than showing or explaining previous work.
“Think about what you are qualified to do before you begin applying for jobs,” said Mattson. “Since millennials do not have a lot of professional work experience, they need to think of the skills they have acquired in their non-professional jobs, such as volunteer work or classroom projects, and then write accomplishment statements showing results. This will capture an employer’s attention.”
Only checking for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors on a resume once before distributing.
“Always use the spell check on your computer,” said Mattson. “That is why it is there. Also, it is imperative that you have someone else proofread it for you, multiple times! Errors, however minor, can be the reason you did not get the job.”
Not using a summary statement.
“Put together a short summary statement – about three lines – that reflects the type of work you want to do,” said Mattson. “Then, show you have actually done some of that work within the body of your resume.”
TOP 3 INTERVIEW MISTAKES
Not conducting enough research on the company.
“For all job interviews, job seekers must always go to the company website and research their products, mission statement and find out about their competition,” said Mattson. “If the company is well-known, this is even more true and you might just learn something your competitors will miss. Also, Google the people you are meeting and go on LinkedIn to view their profile. Knowing about the interviewer’s background will help you develop a quick rapport and impress them with the fact that you know something about them and have done your homework.”
Not preparing answers to anticipated questions based on the job qualifications.
“Really think about and write out the response for what the company is looking for in an applicant, and what you bring to the table,” said Mattson. “Make a list of what have you have done in previous jobs and identify examples of how you accomplished projects or duties with proven results. Use this information to formulate potential questions the employer may ask as well as possible answers ahead of time.”
Not reevaluating the interview before following up.
“Take at least 24-36 hours to think about how the interview went, so you can continue to sell yourself in the follow up correspondence,” said Mattson. “Carefully address any concern that was brought up during the interview, then reinforce how you would be able to overcome the challenge and reiterate why you want the job.”