Common Resume Mistakes
- Typos and grammatical errors. Shows you are lazy, or not detail-oriented, or poorly educated, or unprepared, etc. Before launching your job search, have your resume reviewed by a career professional or at least by an excellent writer / editor.
- Formatting that is difficult for the eye to follow or confusing to look at. The reader will get frustrated, give-up, and throw-out your resume. The layout and readability of your resume are nearly as important as the written content.
- Focusing only on general job responsibilities, rather than on specific accomplishments and tangible contributions. Employers are not interested in you just doing your job they are interested in how you will go the extra mile to make their company more successful and help them achieve vital corporate objectives.
- Too many superlative terms, such as awesome, incredible, amazing, extraordinary, etc. With this terminology, you sound immature and inappropriate for the business environment. Also, when you have great accomplishments to share, you do not need to dress them up or over-emphasize them with superlatives.
Quick Fixes To Improve Your Resume And Get Much More Response
- Delete passive-sounding phrases like Responsible for or Handled. Instead use strong action verbs at the beginning of every sentence and phrase. (i.e., Managed, Built, Directed, Led, Supervised, Generated, Achieved, etc.).
- Instead of an Objective at the top of your resume, put a compelling Positioning / Branding Statement as the first section of the document. (You can use your Cover Letter to highlight your job search objective).
- Strip-out any fancy formatting unusual layouts or artsy images (unless you are applying for a job as a graphic designer). Keep your resumes layout simple and clean almost boring. Let the words on your resume speak for themselves. Be sure the format is consistent and easy for the eye to follow.
- Do not just state what you did in each of your jobs instead stress the positive outcomes of your contributions at work. Quantify your facts wherever possible. Focus relentlessly on your accomplishments and their tangible, measurable results.
If you eliminate these kinds of resume errors and implement the improvements listed above, your resume will represent you in a more professional manner, and your response-rate will increase noticeably!