You’ve found a job you’re interested in, polished up your resume and crafted a unique cover letter. Once you’ve submitted your application, your job fate falls into the hands of the hiring manager. Those in charge of hiring look at a lot of resumes, including ones that hurt candidates from moving onto the next step as they’ve done a terrible job at highlighting their qualifications. Don’t fall into this group - avoid making the following common resume mistakes:
Leading with your education. Once you have some work experience under your belt, hiring managers want to know about what you’ve accomplished, and not where you went to school. Lead with relevant work experience, even if you’re a recent grad.
Spelling and grammatical mistakes. Although it’s obvious, hiring managers still see a great deal of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors on resumes. Be sure to have someone double check your resume before sending it off to avoid embarrassment.
Listing every job you’ve had. If you’ve been in the workplace for more than five to ten years, you don’t need to let an employer know about the summer job you had working at the mall while you were in college. A resume isn’t supposed to be a list of every job you’ve ever had, rather, it’s a marketing document that should present your best self. Instead of listing your employment history, include your most recent work that relates to the position you’re applying for.
Turning your resume into a list of what you’ve done. A common resume mistake is listing what you’ve done in previous roles rather than covering what you’ve excelled at. Use your resume to showcase your achievements and outcomes of your work instead of listing your activities.
Including irrelevant information. As real estate is tight on your resume (it should be no longer than 2 pages), remove information such as an objective, or any mention of high school.
Going overboard with creativity. Depending on the nature of your industry, including graphics and interesting visuals on your resume can do more harm than good. Keep your resume simple and straightforward, and leave your creativity to your portfolio and job interview.
Let your resume help land a job interview rather than end up in the rejection pile. Are you looking for more resume writing tips? View our previous articles on five things that don’t belong on your resume and cover letter and resume writing: words and phrases to avoid.