No matter how talented a candidate is, any resume mistake, no matter how small, can keep him or her from being seriously considered for a position. Common mistakes include poor grammar, incorrect formatting or length (too long or too short are both marks against a candidate) and spelling mistakes.
Have you ever made mistakes like these?
Why Your Resume Has to Be Amazing
Being pressured to do anything is stressful, and the last thing you need during a job search is stress. Still, it’s critical that your resume look incredible. Inc.com reported that any corporate job opening will draw 250 resumes, and only 4-6 of those resumes will be chosen for an interview. To make your resume stand out, avoid the resume mistakes listed below.
Don’t Make These 3 Resume Mistakes
Besides the resume mistakes listed above, there are several others that employers hate. Increase your chances of getting the job you want by avoiding these resume blunders:
1. Including inapplicable work experiences — If you are applying for a position as a CPA, be careful not to list work experiences that are totally unrelated to this role. Including these work experiences can clutter up your resume and make it harder to read. Only include short-term job experiences if they highlight skills that might align with the position you are applying for.
2. Not being specific about accomplishments — Hiring managers see a lot of resumes. One way you can make yours stand out is by specifying your accomplishments. A contributor to Monster.com made the distinction between an indistinct accomplishment and one that is more specific:
“A. Worked with employees in a restaurant setting.
B. Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales.
Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but the details and specifics in example B will more likely grab an employer’s attention.”
Do you see the difference?
3. Sharing unnecessary personal information — It can appear unprofessional to include your age, date of birth, marital status, religious or political affiliations, social security number or health problems on your resume. Make a better impression by opting to leave this unnecessary personal information out.
How to Ensure Your Resume Stands Out
You may think you have a top-notch resume, but it’s easy to overlook little mistakes that can cause hiring managers to pass you over. To prevent mistakes, have at least two other people take a look at your resume. This combined with avoiding including irrelevant work experiences and unnecessary personal information on your resume, as well as being specific about your accomplishments, will ensure your resume is the best it can be.