Most common and silly resume mistakes!

Nov 22, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

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I recently Googled “Resume Facts” and researched the top 10 websites, here are some common themes.

Most common resume mistakes

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  1. An inappropriate email address can disqualify you right away.  Would you hire [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected].
  2. Spelling and grammar. One mistake is all it takes.
  3. Go directly the to detail and empirical facts. “120% to quota in sales”, “Managed 15-million-dollar budget”, “Trained and mentored 52 hires a year”.  See what I mean?
  4. 75% of all companies use ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) and select candidates based on key words.  Just Google key words for your job title, find the top 10 recurring words and put them in your resume.
  5. Keep out irrelevant details, no one cares if your spit milk out your nose funny, your pet canary died when you were 4, or they wouldn’t let you into the academy because you were Duke Mitchells kid.
  6. Go back 10 to 15 years max, that’s what employers see as relevant, and it hides your age.
  7. Never, ever, put your photo on your resume.
  8. The average resume is 489 words, 500 fit on a page. Don’t be arrogant and think you can’t fit all your genius into one page.
  9. Join LinkedIn, there’s 850 million members, you can connect with potential companies and the fact is, lots of people get hired through LinkedIn. If you’re not into social media, get over it, do you want a good job or not?
  10. On average folks that hire a resume writer get 7% more than average and get hired in less than 90 days. Please keep in mind, resume writers want  to write you a resume that will get you hired, not one that you like or agree with,
  11. The primary purpose of a resume is to showcase your qualifications and experiences to potential employers. It serves as a marketing tool to demonstrate why you are a suitable candidate for a particular job.

Other common mistakes

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  1. Format: Resumes typically follow a standardized format that includes sections such as contact information, objective or summary, education, work experience, skills, and additional sections like certifications or volunteer work.
  2. Tailoring: It’s important to tailor your resume for each job application. Customize your resume to highlight the skills and experiences most relevant to the specific job you’re applying for.
  3. Length: While there is no strict rule on the length of a resume, it is generally recommended to keep it concise. One to two pages is the standard for most industries, but more experienced professionals may have longer resumes.
  4. Contact Information: Include your full name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile (if applicable). Make sure your email address is professional.

Things to think about

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  1. Objective vs. Summary: Traditionally, resumes began with an objective statement. However, many modern resumes now include a summary that provides a brief overview of your skills and experiences.
  2. Work Experience: The work experience section should highlight your professional history, including job titles, dates of employment, and key responsibilities and achievements. Use action verbs and quantify your achievements where possible.
  3. Education: Include your educational background, starting with the most recent degree. Include the name of the institution, degree earned, graduation date, and any relevant honors or awards.
  4. Skills Section: This section should showcase your relevant skills, both hard and soft. Tailor the skills to match the job description.
  5. Keywords: Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan resumes for specific keywords. Tailor your resume to include relevant keywords from the job description to increase your chances of passing through ATS screening.
  6. Chronological vs. Functional vs. Combination: Resumes can be organized chronologically, functionally, or as a combination of both, depending on your work history and the job you’re applying for.
  7. Font and Formatting: Use a clean and professional font, and ensure consistent formatting throughout the document. Avoid using overly elaborate fonts or excessive formatting.
  8. Proofreading: A well-proofread resume is crucial. Typos and grammatical errors can create a negative impression. Take the time to review your resume carefully or ask someone else to proofread it for you.