ATHENS, Greece, October 29 /PRNewswire/ --
- Hiring Managers Share the Most Common Resume Mistakes and Offer Tips for Creating an Effective Resume
Is your resume more fact or fiction? While only 11 percent of workers in Greece admit they have lied on a resume, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of employers say they have caught a lie on a resume according to a new Kariera.gr survey of employers and workers in Greece. Of those employers who caught a lie, 42 percent automatically dismissed the applicant, 50 percent still considered the candidate, but did not hire him/her and only 7 percent went on to hire the candidate.
The most common lies Greek employers say they find on resumes include:
-- Skill set: 40 percent -- Embellished responsibilities: 21 percent -- Companies worked for: 13 percent -- Job title: 9 percent -- Dates of employment: 4 percent
The following are the biggest mistakes Greek employers say candidates make on their resumes:
-- Not customizing resume for the position: 40 percent -- Including only skills, not accomplishments: 15 percent -- Not focusing on results: 9 percent -- Including too much information: 9 percent -- Lies: 9 percent -- Including too little information: 6 percent -- Spelling errors: 6 percent
When asked what they look for most on a good resume, Greek employers said:
-- Customized to the position: 40 percent -- Relevant experience: 27 percent -- Career summary: 20 percent -- Focused on results: 9 percent
Everything you do in the application and interview process sends an employer a message about what it is like to work with you, said Theofilos Vasileiadis, Managing Director of Kariera.gr. Even small embellishments like slight date changes or overstating responsibilities can hurt your credibility with a potential employer. If you are worried about employment gaps or whether you look qualified, use a cover letter to explain areas of concern and tell your unique story.
Vasileiadis recommends the following tips to make your resume stand out for the right reasons:
Nearly one-third (30 percent) of Greek employers say they are receiving more resumes than last year. Tailor your resume and cover letter to the position at hand to get the attention of a recruiter and to show them you are really interested in the position and have done your homework.
Stand out from the crowd
More than one-third (36 percent) of hiring managers said on average they spend 60 seconds or less looking at a resume when first reviewing an application and 58 percent said they spend less than two minutes. Highlight specific accomplishments that are relevant to the job, quantifying results whenever possible to demonstrate the impact you had on your previous employers. A summary of relevant experience and qualifications at the beginning of a resume can also help focus the reader.
Hiring managers often use electronic scanning tools or manually scan resumes for certain words that signify you are qualified for a job. Be sure to pay attention to the words used in the job description and include them in your resume. The terms employers search for most often are:
-- Customer service or retention (44 percent) -- Bilingual or languages spoken (44 percent) -- Team building (38 percent) -- Oral and written communications (35 percent) -- Project management (31 percent) -- Technology (31 percent) -- Problem-solving and decision-making (28 percent) -- Performance and productivity improvement (24 percent) -- Internet (22 percent)
This survey was conducted online within Greece by Kapa Research S.A. on behalf of Kariera.gr among 237 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions); and 656 Greek employees (employed full-time; not self-employed) ages 18 and over between July 1 and July 14, 2008 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of Employers or Employees, based on their responses to certain questions).
Kariera.gr is the leading job site in Greece. It began to operate in February 2000 and has become the largest and most renowned job site in Greece with over 20.000 unique visitors per day and more than 136.000 registered members (jobseekers) and 17.000 registered employers (companies, educational institutions).
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