Have you remembered how people easily toss drafts to the trash bin? Now that’s exactly why you shouldn’t pass your resume draft to your prospects and expect them to invite you for an interview. You got it: it is a preliminary work, and most likely, it will go to the waste basket anyway.
Furthermore, if you wish the matter to be explained in a long way, here are the reasons why most first work isn’t good enough to present to an employer:
1. It takes time to recount all your best achievements
On the last few years of your life, you’ve probably achieved more than 10 accomplishments that are monumental to your career. On the thirty minutes that you first try to figure out how you should write your application document, you’ll probably recall only three or four of them. And some of these are not even relevant to the job you’re applying for. So chances are pretty slim that you pick only the backgrounds that will best bring out your competitive edge.
2. It’s hard to decide what to include on your paper
This is actually the biggest thing that impacts the application paper of beginners. It takes hours, sometimes even days, to finally decide which achievement will best describe why they are unique among other candidates to the job. Bet you can’t do that in a thirty-minute slipshod. You have to continue revising until you get the perfect brew.
3. There are so many words and you never knew which are worn out
Making a resume draft involves copying the styles of templates available on books and the web. By that, we should mention that templates are most commonly known for containing cliché words and phrases that don’t work anymore for HR personnel. As a starter, you should beware that most preliminary application papers are just so full of these passé. So what to do: don’t pass you draft and make it unique as possible.
4. First timers have the tendency to write what employers don’t need to know
As a starry-eyed beginner, some are thinking that writing everything remarkable that happened to them will eventually impress the employers. The sad truth is no. Even if you’ve had the thrill of your life winning that national origami contest, including it on your copy won’t blow away the judges who are looking for a software engineer.
5. It only gives you an idea on how to improve
Some shortcomings aren’t realized until you write them. Perhaps, it’s the specialty course you didn’t finish last year. Or maybe, it’s not involving yourself enough with your former employer. When mistakes and career lapses can’t be changed, you have no choice but to do better next time to improve your credentials. This, my friend, is why your first application document doesn’t appear impressive when you read it after years of experience.
6. Drafts are just rough sketches
Yes it may be necessary, even an integral part of the writing process, but nothing more. Seldom will people see a first resume draft as the perfect one. Exert some effort in making a copy that will sell you to the company, and the trouble will be worth it.