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Mistakes candidates commit in a resume and during interview.

Common mistakes candidates make in a resume are as follows:

  • Spelling mistakes: Candidates mostly make mistakes in spellings and grammar. Sometimes, even a poor choice of words and misuse of language can make the interviewer feel that the candidate is negligent with work.
  • Font is too small/too large: It is important that the font used in the document is legible. Increasing the font to make sure a particular number of pages of a resume is not a good idea.
  • Leaving out key dates: Including dates on a resume is important. Leaving them out might indicate that the candidate is trying to hide certain information. Sometimes candidates mention only months/years of work experience, which is not advisable.
  • Unprofessional email address: An email id that is professional is vital. Resumes with an email id like cutekid@gmail.com  are an absolute turn off.
  • Using abbreviations: There have been many instances where a candidate uses abbreviations like SLA, AHT, TAT etc. Omitting abbreviations is a good idea.
  • Using the career objective/goals from someone else’s resume: It is important to prepare a resume in one’s own words. Avoid copying objectives and text from other resumes

Common mistakes made by an interviewee during an interview are as follows:

  • Show up late: Being late for a job interview tells your potential employer that you really don’t care enough to make an effort to be on time.
  • Show up unprepared: Most candidates have several days to prepare for a job interview. It is important to freshen up and learn everything one can about the company and job for which one is applying.
  • Attire: When it comes to a job interview, a good first impression is important.
  • Speak badly about an ex-employer: This is one of the biggest mistakes made during interviews. When asked why they are seeking new employment, many candidates will complain about a past employer.
  • Discuss money, time off or annual leaves even before the final offer: While we all work for a salary, speaking to a potential employer about the same in the first round of interview might be premature.
  • Ask no questions: A potential employer wants to know that the candidate is interested in the job. If the candidate does not ask any questions, it gives the interviewer an impression that (s)he does not care.

Cover letter when applying for an IT job

A cover letter adds focus to one’s resume. It is like a snapshot of the resume and must be tailored to each job and each employer; hence, holds its importance for an IT job too. It is as important as a resume since the latter is of limited value to an employer, if (s)he doesn’t know what kind of work the individual wants to do. Apart from this, a cover letter also conveys to the employer the type of position being applied for, and exactly how someone is qualified for that position. At times, a cover letter can explain things that the resume cannot. For e.g., if the resume has large gaps in employment history, the candidate is re-entering the job market or changing the focus of career, or relocating and conducting a long-distance job-search, a cover letter can help explain these circumstances in a positive way.

Updated: June 5, 2014 — 3:07 am
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