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Common Mistakes to Avoid on Your Resume


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The average recruiter will only spend 6 seconds looking at your resume before making a decision on whether you are eligible for hiring.

A resume can make or break your chances of getting hired - literally. Several people use a generic template and format for a resume that they send out to every job posting that they apply for.

General Resume Used to Apply to All Job Positions

The most common mistake that people make within resume writing is creating a general resume that is used to apply to every job position. For any career opportunity it is important to tailor your resume to match the job position and description. Mimic the terminology that the company uses within its job advertisement. Also, specify your objective to the job title instead of listing a generic general statement. Personalization is key when it comes to resume writing; you want your resume to represent yourself as a brand by selling your skills and qualifications to the employer.

Grammatical Errors

If you have “attention to detail” listed as a skill and with grammatical errors in your resume, it appears to be extremely ironic and unprofessional. Make sure to proofread your resume to ensure that it sounds coherent and concise.

Too Detailed

Listing too much information can overwhelm a reader and initiate disinterest. Instead of using full sentences, use bullet points to help maintain a level of conciseness. Also, to help limit the amount of information on your resume, only list relevant work experience that correlates well to the position that you are applying for.

Too “Imaginative”

Although the ability to think innovatively and creativity are qualifications that several employers search for in potential candidates, applying too much imagination to a professional resume reduces your chances of getting hired. The focus of your resume should be to highlight that you are qualified for the job based on your educations, experience, and skills – not because of the glittery or colorful appearance of your application.

Incorrect Personal Information

This is probably to most obvious, yet most common reason as to why many candidates with outstanding qualifications do not get a response from employers; if your listed contact information is incorrect, then the chances of getting hired for any job position are zero.

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