Do You Make this Mistake on Your Resume?

Do You Make this Mistake on Your ResumeAre you having difficulties in creating a resume that will grab the attention of the hiring manager from the get-go? If so, it’s best to be aware of the most common resume mistake people make to increase your chances of getting called in for an interview.

Actually, it's not a "mistake" as such – most people do it, so I prefer to think of it as an "untapped opportunity". But call it what you will.

Here it is:

Are you trying to please everybody with your resume? Are you afraid of revealing anything that could be misconstrued by someone, somewhere as a potential weakness – i.e. a reason not to hire you?

Then, please, listen closely.

Because what I'm about to share could help you achieve a breakthrough.

When you try to please everyone – and by that I mean, when you try to present yourself as the perfect "rounded" candidate who no recruiter or hiring manager anywhere could ever pick a fault with – you please no one.


It all comes down to a core principle I teach in Interview Success Formula:

Weakness is the price we pay for strength.

Here's what I mean by this:

Take your biggest strength – your "signature strength".

If it's a real strength, then you can bet your bottom dollar that some hiring manager or recruiter somewhere considers it a weakness.

Because whether the attribute in question is a strength or a weakness depends on the role for which you're applying.

Do you want to know the easiest way to make your resume shine?

(And by that I mean really shine.)

Find out what core strength a company is looking for in their ideal candidate. Then, tweak your resume so that it's focused around this same strength – to the extent that a hiring manager looking for the opposite strength would throw your resume in the trash out of sheer repulsion.

(Remember the "flourless chocolate cake" message I shared before?)

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.