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.
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.
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