The 10 Worst Resume Mistakes to Avoid
In many cases your resume is the first contact you have with a potential employer. Unfortunately, the worst resume mistakes are the easiest to make while quite difficult to repair after submission. It doesn’t matter whether it is your first job or are updating your resume for a mid-career job search; no one is immune from making mistakes.
Ensure the perfect resume by avoiding the following common errors:
1) Avoid Typos and Grammatical Errors
It’s essential for your resume to be grammatically perfect otherwise employers will draw conclusions that you are unable to write or you don’t care about the quality of your resume.
2) Avoidance of Specifics
Potential employers need to understand the scope of your experience and your skill level. Two examples include: A. Managed employees in a restaurant or B. Responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervision of an excess of 20 employees in a high-end restaurant with annual sales of $2 million.The description with more details and specifics are more likely to grab the attention of a potential employer.
3) Attempting to Use a “One-size-fits-all” Resume
In most cases when you attempt to develop a generic resume to send to all potential employers, you end up producing something employers will toss in the waste basket. Employers want to see resumes that are produced specifically for them and expect you to show clearly how and why you are the perfect candidate for the position.
4) Highlighting Job Duties Rather Than Accomplishments
It’s easy to enter a mode where you list your job duties on your resume instead of highlighting your accomplishments. You need to develop the habit of highlighting your accomplishments; these are the things any potential employer wants to see.
5) Incorrect Length of Your Resume
Even though you may have heard there are specific “rules” regarding resume length, this is actually a personal preference. As a general rule of thumb you should limit your resume to no more than two pages. At the same time don’t feel you should use two pages if you can present everything effectively in one. You also don’t want to cut out important parts of the resume just to conform to a mandatory page length.
6) Summary That Doesn’t Clearly Define Accomplishments
Employers definitely read the career summary, but many times they avoid text that doesn’t provide specific information. What you want to do is provide information that focuses on the needs of both the employer and yourself.
7) Lack of Action Verbs
Instead of using passive verbs, use action verbs. Avoid phrases such as “responsible for” and replace them with action verbs.
8) Elimination of Important Information
While you may be tempted to eliminate mentioning jobs you took to earn money for school, the skills you gained from those job experiences are more important than you think.
9) Resume Lacks a Professional and Attractive Look
Avoid the use of numerous fonts that are likely to give the employer a headache. Show it to several other people before sending it in order to get an opinion on whether it is visually attractive.
10) Providing Incorrect Contact Information
Before you submit your resume, ensure you have provided the correct contact information.