No matter how qualified you are for a job, you can’t score a great job without the right resume. Your resume is often the first chance you have to make a great impression on a potential employer, which is why it is so important to craft your resume to showcase your experience, skills, and fitness for the job. If your resume is filled with the following mistakes, your job prospects could be doomed.
Bad Grammar and Spelling
In the age of online grammar checkers and spelling programs, there truly is no excuse for misspellings or typos. Whether you’re applying for an entry-level job or an executive position, good grammar is really important when it comes to showcasing your readiness and professionalism towards a job. Incorrect punctuation, formatting, spelling, and grammar mistakes could make you look like you didn’t put effort into your resume. Run your resume through spelling and grammar checkers, and have a friend give it a read-through to help ensure your success.
Incomplete, Irrelevant or Outdated Information
Accuracy matters in any employment situation. Make sure all dates, job experience, and references are updated with accurate and honest information. It is important to make sure that you include working phone numbers for your references and/or other valid methods of contact. You should also make sure that your resume is updated regularly, and only include work experience and training that is relevant to the specific job you are applying for.
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It’s illegal for employers to ask personal questions about age or marital status. On the flip side, it’s also inappropriate for you to add such information to your resume.
Being Too Vague or Too Wordy
If your resume’s length is more than one page, chances are that it will end up in the wastebasket. It is important to be concise and to the point, while also including all the necessary information. You should clearly state qualifications and experience without adding too much additional information or details.
Using Inflated Language
Self-aggrandizement is another no-no. If you’ve accomplished something, state it plainly without hyperbole or exaggerating your achievements. Assume that all of your information will be checked.
Omitting Skill Sets and Keywords
Many managers will look for certain keywords or skill sets when looking through their applicant pool. Read the job description you are interested in clearly, and use words and phrases that highlight your suitability for that specific job.
The average hiring manager looks at a resume for approximately six seconds before deciding whether to pass or not. Check our other blogs to learn how we can help you make the cut.