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Entry-Level Resumes Often Lack Focus


We invited 15 of the top career and job-search experts — our Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds — to share their advice with our readers as part of Quint Careers’s 15th anniversary. We asked them (among six other questions): What are the most common strategic mistakes you see on job-seeker resumes? (See all their responses here.) We’re running a series of responses; here’s one of them: QC-15th-year-logo.jpg The biggest problem with entry-level resumes is a lack of focus. College students are often engaged in a variety of activities relevant to their career goals such as extracurricular classes, seasonal jobs, volunteering and interning. These are often included on resumes, as they should be. However, the resume becomes cluttered showing a wide range of interests. The employer then has difficulty knowing what the student hopes to accomplish.

Another essential element is to make sure the resume is adapted for different jobs and industries. I’ve seen students use the same resume to apply for multiple positions that have nothing in common with one another. Employers can tell when they are seeing a generic resume that is being used over and over and it reflects poorly on the job-seeker.
      — Lindsey Pollak