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5 Common Resume Mistakes

5 Common Resume Mistakes

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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...

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 ty...

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 yearl...

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 de...

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 acco...

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.

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