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5 COMMON RESUME WRITING MISTAKES

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Hello everyone!

Your resume is one of the most important ways for you to get the job you want, so you must treat it seriously. You have to know the proper formatting rules for resumes, the right resume length, and the proper information to include. It’s not always easy to get it right, but it’s very easy to get it wrong.

Here are 5 of the most common mistakes often found in resumes:

1. Spelling and grammatical mistakes.  Even those experts who have different ideas on what makes for the perfect resume agree that these mistakes must never appear on a resume.

Mistakes like these imply things about you that don’t put you in a good light. They can mean that you’re lazy, you’re ignorant about proper spelling or grammar, or you’re careless. It may also tell hiring managers that you don’t take the job and the application process seriously.

These seem like easy mistakes to avoid, and that’s what’s so aggravating about it. There are lots of free spelling and grammar checkers online, so make use of them.

2. Unreadable resumes. Don’t use a font that’s too small or too hard to read. Also, make sure you have enough white space in your resume. You don’t want it to look like a page off a dictionary.

3. The inclusion of irrelevant info. There’s such a thing as too much information when it comes to resumes. While you will want to put in the various jobs you’ve had through the years because hiring managers look for significant gaps, you don’t have to include details that aren’t relevant to the job you want to get.

So that means you need to take away the section about your various interests and hobbies. You also shouldn’t have to mention any awards you may have received in high school, unless you’re fresh out of high school.

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4. The exclusion of crucial info. Meanwhile, you may make the mistake of not putting enough info at all. When you list your achievements on your resume, don’t forget to put in the details of what you were actually able to do.

You have to be able to quantify it. So you can say that you cut the operational expenses by $500 a month, or that you were instrumental in increasing sales by 10%. You can’t just say that you were “good” at your previous jobs.

5. The absence of proper keywords. Marketing yourself through a resume is like launching an SEO campaign for websites. You need to make sure that hiring managers find the keywords they’re looking for.

The most crucial keyword here is the name of the position you’re applying for. This keyword should be included in the email header, in a prominent header in your resume, and in a bullet point in either italicized or bold font.

Hiring managers don’t always read a resume word for word. They tend to scan resumes, or use automated software to sort them out. Regardless of what method they use, your resume must make it easy for these keywords to be found.

Avoid all these mistakes and follow the proper formatting rules for resumes and you certainly boost your chances getting your resume noticed. 

And what about you? Have you any tips for writing a good resume? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Helene.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Eirini

    Great tips Helene, thanks for sharing!

    January 25, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Perla

    Thank you for pointing out these possible mistakes, Helen!
    Several years ago, I used to think that recruiters look for additional informations, like hobbies or other activities, as it can tell more about a person than plain jobs responsabilities. However, I’ve realized also that too much information on this aspect was not a good thing.

    January 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Katja

    Hear hear girl – I feel you. We recently recruited a new member to our team and the sheer amount of horrible CV’s we went through… it was exhausting. I recently updated mine and realised I also have some totally irrelevant stuff there. It kind of takes seeing the mistakes others make to truly see your own 🙂
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

    January 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Jasmin N

    These are some wonderful tips! Gosh, I’ve always struggled with writing my resume. It’s not that I wouldn’t know how it’s done, it’s mostly because I’ve got no clue how to sell myself on paper haha 😀

    January 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Denise

    These are really good tips, I alway struggle with writing my resume as I hate “bigging”myself up like what some people do as it makes me feel so awkward. I always put my hobbies too but might take that out now 🙂

    January 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Nora

    Excellent post! It’s unbelievable how some people don’t check their resumes for these mistakes.

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

    January 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply thehappylifesisters

    Thanks for this post! really inspiring! love the photos too!

    January 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Борка Шаула

    The inclusion of irrelevant info is something I most likely afraid I would add, together with the exclusion of important info. I think we get to emotional or something when it comes to our future so we don’t see clearly what we type.
    BS, xx

    January 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Keshia

    Thank you so much.
    I’m currently working on mine and your tips are really helpful.
    Never thought about having a ” Seo ” friendly resume lolll !!

    Thank you xo

    January 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Kitty

    These are some great tips ??… I am gonna save this for later use ?… Thank you very much ?

    January 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply kittylimon

    yeah couldn’t agree more, i’m super careful double and triple checking my CV/resume before sending it out 🙂

    February 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Sabine

    Great tips, I am so glad I have a good job now. It’s hard to find a job sometimes, but a good resume certainly helps and that’s why this is a good post!

    xo Sabine

    March 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Marleen

    I recently had to re-do my entire CV and I can tell you, a good CV makes all the difference when you’re trying to get a job. My last CV sucked and I got no leads, but as soon as I sent out my new CV, I gained interviews and all sorts. Your tips are super helpful so thanks for sharing. If I ever have to apply for a new job again I will revisit this post.

    March 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Carlota

    Such a useful post! Right now I am looking for a job so I am working a lot on my CV and letter of application! Thank you for posting 🙂

    March 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Prerna Garg

    These are such wonderful tips and so important. Grammatical mistakes on a resume are suicidal. I have even seen resumes that are as long as children’s storybooks which is another NO-NO! Thanks for sharing this post. Really helpful 😊

    March 6, 2017 at 4:57 am
  • Reply kirsty

    Great tips I find it also relevant to apply the information you need for an application rather than listing everything you’ve done.

    March 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply tahna de veyra

    I am about to apply for a new job. Just the article I needed to read right now! Thank you. 🙂

    March 7, 2017 at 9:26 am
  • Reply James

    Wonderful tips you have here. Nothing wrecks a beautiful CV like having grammatical blunders and typographical errors .

    March 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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