Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Resume

A resume is like an athlete's stats sheet: It lists all of your career highlights in one easy-to-read sheet of paper. Resumes are there to help you get a job, but you only have a few seconds to capture the attention of a hiring manager. The cutthroat nature of a job search means you need to have a polished and error-free resume to get the job you want.

  1. Spelling and Grammatical Errors

    • Glaring spelling and grammatical errors are the fastest way to land your resume in a hiring manager's trash can. Errors in your resume show the hiring manager that you do not pay attention to detail or care about your final product. Always edit your resume and have a trusted colleague look it over for errors you missed.

    Contact Information

    • You want a hiring manager to contact you after reviewing your resume. However, he cannot do that if you forget to include clearly labeled contact information on the top of your resume. Contact information should include your full name, address, phone number and a professional email address.

    Generalized Information

    • A hiring manager wants your resume to detail how your experience and educational background fits in with the open position. A generalized resume does not show off the skills needed to do the job. Instead, tailor your resume to include relevant experience for the job; for example, you should include your prior sales experience when applying for a sales-based position and leave off that summer you spent cooking at a restaurant.

    Lack of Specifics

    • Many job seekers write their resumes like a list of their job duties, rather than accomplishments. Hiring managers want to see what results you achieved for previous employers. Use actionable verbs that detail your success, like "created a software program that saved the company $1 million dollars" instead of "answered help desk phone calls."

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