How to Avoid the Most Common Resume Mistakes

Posted on: April 27, 2017 | 0 comments

How To Avoid The Most Common Resume Mistakes

Creating a resume can be both time-consuming and overwhelming, making it very easy to make mistakes that could hurt your chances of getting an interview. The quality of your resume can shape employers’ impressions of you (even before meeting you), so you’ll want to do everything in your power to ensure your resume is in tip-top shape. If your goal is to make a rock star first impression, you’ll want to avoid making these common resume mistakes at all costs.


Having an objective statement.

Though an objective statement is optional, it is generally regarded by many employers as unnecessary. It’s generally understood by employers that your objective is to land the job to which you are applying, so the statement adds very little value to your resume. As an alternative to an objective statement, consider including a professional summary or overview that includes highlights of your career. 


Including too much information.

One of the most common mistakes candidates make is including way too much information on their resumes. It’s not necessary to include every single job you’ve had, especially if you’ve been in the workforce for several years. Rather, focus on including past employment experiences that are relevant to the type of job you’re seeking. For example, if you’ve worked as an administrative assistant at different companies for the past several years, it’s not necessary to include all the miscellaneous summer jobs that you had in high school. Be sure to summarize the parts of your employment section by highlighting your most relevant work experiences and showcasing your key skills and talents.


Lack of specifics.

A resume that lacks specific information about your experience, skills and education will automatically lose credibility. This is especially true with regard to your employment section, in which you should always be specific in describing the exact responsibilities and tasks you had for each position. Whenever possible, include data to support your qualifications, such as “increased team sales by 10% within six months.” Supporting statements like this one not only tell an employer what you’re capable of, but also shows exactly what you’ve accomplished. The more detailed and specific you are in your resume, the more success you’ll have getting noticed for the job.

Avoiding these mistakes will automatically enhance your resume and help you showcase exactly what truly makes you a qualified candidate.

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