Your resume is your critical chance to make a good first impression and differentiate yourself from the pack of applicants. Unfortunately, the margin for error can be small. Resume mistakes mean that your job application will get sent to recycling, even if you were the most qualified applicant.
So if you want to make sure your application is given a fair hearing, you need to make you avoid the pitfalls that affect many resumes. Here’s a list of 5 common resume mistakes you should avoid.
- Typos & Grammar Errors
You’ve probably heard this before, but it is the most common of resume mistakes and one that you definitely want to avoid. That’s because it’s so easy for a typo to slip by you after you’ve stared at your resume for so many hours. So what’s the solution? Have someone else read it for you. Not only will your spelling and grammar mistakes be obvious to them, but it also helps to have a second opinion on the content as well.
- Not Customizing Your Resume
Another critical mistake you’ll want to avoid is sending the same resume out to all jobs. Often it’s obvious to the hiring manager that you didn’t put an effort into your resume and therefore they won’t think it’s worth their time to meet with you. Even if you think your existing resume matches well, take some time and rearrange it so it’s an even better fit.
- Too Many Words
Don’t try and cram too much onto your resume. People don’t want to read an in-depth description of everything you have done in your life. Your best accomplishments will be lost in a sea of words. Focus on the main qualifications and accomplishments you bring to the table. In addition, keep it under two pages in length and don’t make the font size smaller to cram in more words.
- Not Tailoring Your Resume To Keywords
Because the sheer volume of resumes and applicants, many companies have opted to use computer software to cull the number of candidates down. By not adding the keywords relevant to each position, you won’t make it past the software. So be sure to review the job posting carefully and make sure you put key terms in your resume.
- Not Being Yourself
This last point can be the secret sauce that makes resumes great. By not sharing some your personality in your resume, you aren’t letting your employer know who you are and if you’d be a good fit. So be sure to have your personality shining through.
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