Don't want that hospitality job? Make these five resume mistakes
Are you happily collecting unemployment? Do you enjoy dreading Monday mornings? Are you thrilled about working in a dead-end job for an employer who couldn’t care less about you? If you’re looking for a new position but can answer yes to any of these questions, feel free to fill your resume with the following foolish mistakes. Each one will make it easy for the restaurant, hotel or resort manager to reject you so you can go on living your dream.
1. Unattractive formatting
Giant clumps of text, puddles of italicized copy, garish colors and miniscule margins… any resume that looks like a hot mess will quickly wind up in the hiring manager’s trashcan. Just as diners “eat with their eyes” before taking that first taste, a recruiter or hiring manager spends mere seconds scanning a resume for pertinent details about a candidate’s history before deciding whether to delve deeper into its contents. If your goal is rejection, avoid eye-pleasing white space, sensible bullet points and attention-grabbing bolded subheads.
2. An “Objective” statement
Back when the cavemen rode kick-start dinosaurs, it was pretty common for job seekers to include an “objective” at the top of their resumes. Most professionals filled this space with the same worn out phrases everyone else was using (such as “dynamic self-starter” and “dedicated team player”) as well as detailing what they wanted in a job—not what they could do for an employer. If you want to look as old as dirt or as dull as ditchwater, don’t trade your outdated objective for a modern, skills- and accomplishment-focused career summary.
3. Every job you’ve ever held
The hospitality manager probably doesn’t care that you spent a summer mowing lawns when you were 16 or that you were a part-time bank teller during college—unless those are the only jobs you’ve ever had. Entry-level positions and employment experience that is more than a decade old only take up valuable space in your resume that you could be using to sell those accomplishments and skills mentioned earlier. But by all means, pack them in there—if you don’t really want to get the job.
4. Bad grammar and creative spelling
Do you love taking unnecessary risks? Is your favorite pastime ignoring Word’s attempts to correct your grammar and spelling blunders? Do you really want to tell that hotel manager about your background in pubic relations? If you’d like to delay landing your next position for as long as possible, don’t bother proofreading your resume. And whatever you do, don’t ask a detail-oriented friend to look it over for you.
5. Lies (little white ones or big blatant ones)
Untruths, half-truths, even slight exaggerations on your resume can decrease your chances of landing a new job. Even if the hotel or restaurant hiring manager doesn’t call your references, run a background check, or review your online profiles for educational and employment details, more than one professional has learned the hard way that resume lies can lead to job termination down the road. If you’d like to keep your future uncertain, embellish your resume with non-existent degrees, certificates, skills (such as obscure foreign languages you speak), or even imaginary employers.
All kidding aside, we want you to find the hospitality job that’s perfect for you! So please, do not make these mistakes.