Even the best designed, most organized, and cohesive resumes can reveal glaring faux pas. The sad thing is, none of these mistakes are new or surprising, but you’d be surprised how often they happen. But there’s good news: each issue has a fairly quick and easy fix.
As summer is approaching (and that means graduation for you seniors!) now is the time to fix up your resume before you start applying to jobs. Making sure you don’t fall victim to these resume faux pas is the difference between getting the interview and getting your application put through a shredder.
^Not where you want your resume to go.
1. Spelling and Grammar Errors
Especially if you misspell “detail-oriented.” The Fix: Have multiple people read your resume for spelling errors. What you might miss, another person might notice immediately.
Your resume is not the place for story telling because it inhibits your resume’s skim-ability. The Fix: Remember to keep your resume straightforward and simple!
Even if you look good, recruiters don’t want to see them. The Fix: Seriously, just save ’em for Instagram.
4. Inappropriate Emails
Yeah, “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com” do not have a home on any resume. The Fix: Create a standard email address containing your name, or use your university email.
5. Incorrect Information
Not including the correct phone number, address, or any other necessary details will make you seem suspicious to the recruiter! The Fix: Update your resume as soon as anything changes, even if you’re not actively applying at the time.
6. Irrelevant Information
As difficult as it is for us college students to not put down that bartending or pizza delivery job on our resume because that was how we supported ourselves through college, unless you did something significant and notable in those jobs, they don’t have a place on your resume for a full-time job or summer internship. The Fix: Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for based on your skills.
7. Sending it as a Word Document
Your resume may look great on your computer but may look awkward and disjointed on your future employer’s computer. And even worse, you could send a file that they can’t even open. The Fix: Send it as a PDF! Everyone can open those.
8. Getting Too Personal
Sometimes it’s a good idea to include interests on your resume, but adding too much information that would allow employers to guess about your race, religion, national origin, age, or sexual orientation (and proceed to discriminate against any of these things) is not doing you any good. The Fix: Simply omit this information, and you’re in the clear.
We want ultimate readability for employers, and chunks of text is not conducive to great readability. The Fix: Bullet all of your accomplishments.
10. Being too Duties-Driven.
Phrases like “duties included” or “responsibilities included” or “responsible for” do not show your worth to any employer — it’s just regurgitating a job description. What you want to do is focus on accomplishments that set you apart from your competition. The Fix: Point out what you did really well during your past experiences. Did you help employers save/make money? It may not be the quickest fix, but it’s a fix that makes all the difference.
How does your resume add up?
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