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5 Common Resume Mistakes

5 Common Resume Mistakes

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Simple Mistakes Can Sabotage Your Job Hunt

Simple Mistakes Can Sabotage Your Job Hunt

If you're job hunting and not being invited to as many interviews as you'd like, it may be time for a resume update.

Many applicants inadvertently sabotage themselves by submitting resumes that come across as sloppy and unprofessional.

  • Stand out from the pack by learning how to avoid the most common resume mistakes.
  • Don’t forget to proofread!

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Including Your Life Story

Including Your Life Story

Your resume doesn't need to include every job you've ever held or your hobbies.

  • Be respectful of your potential employer's time and keep it short and sweet.
  • If you’re tight on space eliminate positions that were temporary, part-time, and/or irrelevant to the type of work you are seeking.
  • As an experienced worker, keep in mind you only need to include 10 to 15 years of work history on your resume. The primary focus should be on your recent accomplishments.

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Being Too Vague

Being Too Vague

A resume that just lists tasks and responsibilities is a real turn-off. You need to provide specific details about your achievements. Hiring mangers love to see numbers:

  • I supervised a team of five full-time and two part-time employees while overseeing a yearly budget of $275,000” is more impressive than “I managed the marketing department.”
  • I increased the company’s Facebook likes by 75% in six months” is sure to attract more attention than “I worked to increase customer engagement via social media.”

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Forgetting Keywords

Forgetting Keywords

Many companies today use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to quickly sort through resumes. These software programs are designed to pick out keywords that are relevant to the position.

  • If you don't use the right keywords, your resume will never make it to the hiring manager's desk.
  • Search position listings and the LinkedIn profiles of professionals in your industry to see what words and phrases are used the most, then incorporate these into your resume.

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Ignoring Visual Appeal

Ignoring Visual Appeal

It's not uncommon for an employer to receive 100 or more resumes for one position. Make sure your resume looks appealing:

  • Choose a readable 10 to 12 point font such as Garamond, Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica, or Georgia.
  • Use bullets to draw attention to your accomplishments.
  • Leave white space between positions to avoid a cluttered look.
  • Highlight headers with a larger or bolder font.
  • For a more modern look try different colors, bar charts, or icons: but don’t overdo it.

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Lying

Lying

Presenting your background is a positive light is a great idea, but you still need to be truthful.

  • Embellishing your qualifications is a fireable offense, even if the deception is discovered long after you were formally offered the position.
  • Feel free to highlight transferable soft skills such as communication, leadership, and organization, but don't invent proficiency in a foreign language or make up a position to camouflage a year-long gap in your work history.

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