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May 25, 2017

The Top Resume Mistakes and How-to Avoid Them


As unemployment grows, companies can afford to become selective. Candidates hoping to land a job face stiff competition while companies struggle over whom to select. Unfortunately, the resume is one method to eliminate unworthy candidates. Ensure your resume stack up to competitors. Don’t make these mistakes.

Failure to Proofread
Grammar and spelling should come naturally to us. Consequently, typos and incomplete sentences escape us. Sending a resume filled with those mistakes show employers the wrong conclusion about job seekers. “This person is careless” and “This person can’t spell” are examples conjured in an employer’s mind. Expect those resumes in the trash. Nonetheless, keep your resume in contention by proofreading. If you can’t see the mistake, proofread it using online grammar and spell-check software. Web sites such as fromtexttospeech.com transform copy into audio so you can hear the mistakes through playback.

Failure to Add Keywords
Computer software reads resumes. Can you believe that? It tosses out resumes that don’t have specific words listed. Ensure your resume has the buzzwords that send your resume to the next round of eliminations. Add keywords and phrases from the job description into the resume. Ask yourself “What words would I Google to find a candidate in my profession,” and then add the results to the resume too. The computer will sense those words and place your resume in the “yes” column.

Failure to Simplify
The same software reading resumes is the same software tossing out unreadable resumes. Too much formatting and decoration in your resume makes it memorable to employers, but computers view it as a distraction. Computers want the facts; decorations/formatting are frustrating to computers because it makes resumes unreadable. Remove the artwork, the crazy colors, the infinite fonts, and the endless indents on the resume. Make it simple for computers to read. Borrow a template as an example of what’s acceptable in job resumes. Then, make a unique design.

Failure to Personalize
Employers know the difference between a generic resume and a customized one. Generic resumes contain a one-size-fits-all template describing job duties, a bland objective, and skills in bullet list/numbered form. Recruiters appreciate resumes tailored specifically for the job. It brings a personal touch in a bland pile. Personalized resumes focus on accomplishments in work history instead of job duties and classes taken in college instead of saying they went to college. A personalized resume also shows the company how the past jobs will translate into this job.

The resume is the first voice job seekers use. Companies silence the voice by tossing out imperfect resumes. If the phone is silent or the interview didn’t go as planned, ensure the resume isn’t responsible. Fix these problems now before it becomes a problem later.

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