The 5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Motorsports Resume
In today’s highly competitive world, it has become more important than ever before to make a good first impression. This is especially true in your journey to a career in the Motorsports industry where the right qualifications, and even more importantly, the right kind of attitude and enthusiasm are critically reviewed by potential employers. To make a good first impression, you need to convey the right message with the right presentation and with zero mistakes. This is mainly because employers in the Motorsports industry receive thousands of Resumes and have to make quick decisions on whom to shortlist for an interview or for the next step. Hence, if you want to land yourself a dream job in the Motorsports industry, it is important for you to avoid making mistakes in your Resume.
*Please note; although the word “Resume” is used throughout this article, all points are equally applicable to a Motorsports CV.
That being said, the following are the five most common and costly mistakes that many Motorsports job candidates make on their Resumes.
Mistake #1: MAKING YOUR RESUME TOO GENERIC OR NOT CUSTOMIZING IT FOR THE JOB
This is one of the most common mistakes that many people make. It is important for you to understand that the Motorsports industry is a unique field that looks for UNIQUE talent. Hence, making your Resume too generic or not tailoring it for the job will make your Resume look like just another application for a job. Making your Resume sound too general can cost you the opportunity of landing a job in one of the most dynamic and lucrative industries in the world. It can also make the would-be-employer feel that you lack the skills that the employer is looking for.
The best way to customize your Resume for the job is to take time to research the company you are hoping to work for, research the particular job you’re targeting and write your Resume “against” what the job description is looking for. And don’t forget to find out what the Hiring Manager or Recruiter is also looking for in particular (that can be different as well). You’ll need to “sell” yourself for the job and that requires insight into the position and also into what the person filling the position wants.
Think about that – it is very important and can separate you from the rest. Once you gather this information, you must list your skills and qualifications accordingly.
Mistake #2: WRITING A RESUME THAT IS NOT CLEAR, CONCISE AND TO THE POINT
Another mistake that many individuals make is writing a Resume that is either too short or too long. As discussed earlier, the employers in the Motorsports industry receive thousands of applications and don’t have time to go through all the information that applicants provide in their Resume. You must also succinctly describe your knowledge and experience and precisely mention how that satisfies the job’s “needs”. Employers in the Motorsports industry do not expect individuals who are new to the industry to know everything but relay your transferrable skills appropriately. Also, think about what kind of personal success characteristics the position will call for. Will it be leadership, problem solving, the ability to work under pressure or otherwise? If you think “yes”, position your skills so those traits are emphasized. Also, if you have a lot of relevant experience in the industry, make sure that you provide information that is clear, concise and relevant to the job you are applying for.
Mistake #3: NOT LISTING ACHIEVEMENTS
This is the third costly mistake that many individuals applying for a job in the Motorsports industry make. It is important for you to understand that the Motorsports industry is full of competition. Make your achievements really stand out from the rest of the job competition. Don’t be shy and list out your achievements in powerful language without sounding arrogant. For businesses in the Motorsports industry, achievements mainly fall into three categories: a) streamlining processes, b) increasing profits and c) reducing costs. For example, if you have experience in reducing cost/increasing sales for XYZ Company, list it in your Resume as “Reduced production costs by $XYZ for XYZ Company” or “Increased sales of XYZ Company by $XYZ”. This will have a much more powerful effect on the employer than simply writing “Was involved in XYZ Company for 7 years” (bad). Also remember, the Hiring Manager or Recruiter is thinking “what can this person DO for this position?” By listing your achievements as they can be applied to the targeted job, you’ll sound more like a ‘doer’ and a ‘go getter’ who can satisfy that position.
Mistake #4: MAKING SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND TYPO ERRORS
If you are under the impression that businesses in the Motorsports industry are only concerned about technical skills and ignore communication and language skills, then you are completely wrong. Employers in the Motorsports industry give as much importance to their communication and language skills as they give to their technical needs. So making spelling, grammar and typo errors are in fact the costliest mistake that you can make when writing a Resume. This is mainly because your Resume is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you. Attention to detail is critically important. Submitting a Resume that is free of spelling, grammar and typo errors will make an impression in the minds of the employers that you are a professional and are detail oriented.
Mistake #5: DESIGNING A CLUMSY OR CLUTTERED RESUME
The world of Motorsports is exciting and you may miss out on an opportunity if you submit a Resume that is visually unappealing, doesn’t “flow” well or is difficult to read. This doesn’t mean that you must send a Resume that is full of colors to prospective employers. This is an exception only when applying for creative jobs in the Motorsports industry. When writing your Resume, make sure that the information you provide does not look cluttered. Avoid using long paragraphs and make sure that it is clean, powerful, to-the-point, efficient, and “delivers”. Also, avoid using different fonts. The rule of thumb here is to make the information you provide able to be easily “scanned” so that the reader gets the impression that you have impressive credentials right away and will want to read more of it.
Remember – the information provided in this article is not official legal advice or a “guarantee”; it is simply intended to help you become aware of some of the most common mistakes that have been made by job candidates when creating Motorsports Resumes and some important ways to avoid them. It’s important to understand what the job, Hiring Manager, or Recruiter is looking for so you can be as prepared as possible and satisfy their “needs”.
Also, just so you know – Hiring Managers and Recruiters first quickly “scan” a Resume because they usually have so many to look at. Make your Resume “stick out” from all the others with action oriented words and really show your deliverables. After all, you’ll most likely have one opportunity at the position you’re looking for so you might as well give it your best try!
After reading this article and following these steps, look at your Resume again and see how it can be “optimized”. Make your Resume powerful and make is “scannable” by the reader. Don’t be afraid to show your leadership skills, technical skills, problem solving skills, self-motivation, and just as importantly, your PASSION. You’re not “bragging” – you’re simply relaying that you can do what they need. Let the Hiring Manager or Recruiter know that YOU are the one for the job and you’re going to bring your skill set and even MORE…
The Motorsports industry is competitive and if you’re going to put in the effort of applying for a position, you might as well use the techniques that work.
We can help make your Resume both “scannable” and make it powerful – in the meantime, we wish you good fortune and feel free to reach out to us for help!
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