10 Resume Mistakes You Should Avoid

When applying for a new job, it is important that your resume represents you in the best possible way, so that it can pass the Recruiter’s test.  Resumes that are submitted with basic errors can prematurely cost you the opportunity.

Want to make sure your resume is in-check? Here are 10 common resume mistakes and how to avoid them.

Spelling Errors

Correct spelling and proofreading your Resume is vital to your success when applying for a Job. Always use a spell check and be sure to proofread your resume before submitting. Having a friend or family member check over the details for you can also help prevent errors.

Poor Template

Avoid using Microsoft Word or generic unprofessional resume templates. Recruiters and Hiring Managers will spot them a mile away and they are not impressive enough to capture your prospective employers attention.

Poor Formatting

Ensure you format your resume professionally and that it is visually pleasing. Poor formatting will portray you as someone who delivers poor quality work and Recruiters and Hiring Managers will assume you are not serious about the position you are applying to.

False Detail

Always tell the truth in your resume and don’t include any false detail, as even the tiniest fibs can result in you getting caught out and ultimately not landing your ideal job.

Not Quantifying

Always include numbers to showcase your achievements, as this will create high impact on Recruiters and Hiring Managers.

Writing in Paragraphs

Recruiters and Hiring managers have piles of resumes to sort through and most recruiters will spend no more than 6 seconds looking at each resume. Avoid writing in Paragraphs and lengthy sentences, as the information won’t be digested. Instead, use bullet points and write short and succinct sentences that create impact and are to the point.

Getting too Personal

If you choose to include your personal hobbies and interests in your resume you should always choose them carefully and ensure they do not have the potential to affect your employment opportunity in a negative way.

Lack of Attention to Detail

Ensure you proofread your resume carefully and that it is Grammatically perfect.   If Recruiters and Hiring Managers spot errors in your resume they will assume you will carry these errors through to your work and are not their future ideal employee.

Not Including Key Words

Key words in your resume are vital to your success. Not including relevant Key Words can risk your resume going unnoticed and cost you the job.

Not Customising

If you have different areas of expertise and can add value in a number of areas it is important to tailor your experience to the job you are applying to. In some instances this could include having two resumes with varying focuses and crafting them accordingly.


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