In order to make sure you get a call for a job interview, your resume must be spotless. This means not having any typos, spelling errors or poor grammar. One good trick would be to give it to someone else to proofread it after it’s done but still, once we have finished, it should be top notch! Here are the ten most common mistakes you should check for in your resume.
1. Typos and Grammatical Errors
Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. Once an employer sees a resume with grammar mistakes, they immediately disregard you as a potential employee.
2. Lack of Specifics
Employers need to understand what are your accomplishments and skills. Do not be afraid to ‘brag’ about what you’ve done before applying for the position.
3. Attempting One Size Fits All
Do not try to develop a one-size-fits-all resume to send to all employers. Each employer is looking for a resume to convince them why the candidate is perfect for their specific position.
4. Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments
Whenever you write your accomplishments, make sure to be precise on what your obligations were and what you’ve learned from your past jobs.
5. Going on Too Long or Cutting Things Too Short
There are no real rules governing resume length. Generally speaking, a good resume should fit in two pages. However, if you manage to state everything in a one page resume, you should keep it as it is and not add insignificant information just to fill up another page.
6. A Bad Objective
Employers do read your resume’s objective statement, so give them something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own.
7. No Action Verbs
Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs to make it more clear and effective.
8. Leaving Off Important Information
You may think that jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for school are not relevant but the soft skills you’ve gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.
9. Visually Too Busy
Try to keep your resume simple and professional. Avoid using five different fonts and any other fireworks you think would look good. Have a friend read it before sending it, so it does not look too childish. Remember, this is a resume not an advertising flyer.
10. Incorrect Contact Information
You need to double-check your contact information or else no matter how strong your resume is, all your efforts will be lost.