Hiring managers and recruiters receive dozens — sometimes hundreds — of résumés for any given opening. You may be perfect for the job, but if your résumé has just one typo, if it’s formatted poorly, or you use the wrong objective, it could quickly end up in the “no” pile.
Here are some resume mistakes that you want to avoid:
1. Wrong Contact Information
It is imperative that you ensure your contact information is up-to date-and accurate on your resume. So many times I run into candidates with old cell numbers or home phones numbers listed that do not work. Recruiters typically call during the day. You need to make sure you have the most recent number listed, and be prepared to accept a call mid-day possibly.
2. No Dates Listed
Sometimes people shy away from listing dates of past jobs if they feel they lack experience, have gaps in employment. Remain truthful. You never know exactly what they are looking for and if anything, you can answer any questions recruiters may have in an interview. The moment you omit dates, you are risking not being called at all because your experience cannot be quantified.
3. Sending the same resume to each employer, or (even worst) Not ensuring you switch the company name!
No two roles are exactly alike, and your resumes shouldn’t be either. You want to do your best to individually tailor your résumé to fit the job description while using exact keywords and examples. When you don’t switch the company details, you seem uninterested and unable to pay attention to detail. When you use a generic resume not only will you decrease your chances of passing the ATS, but you will always seem less qualified by the recruiter.
4. Elaborate Formatting
I agree, there is nothing like a beautifully designed resume. But when it comes to telling a story about your qualifications and, ultimately, getting hired less can be more. Depending on your industry, elaborate designs could always be go-to, but whenever you have to send your resume through an electronic system and ATS, you want to always gear towards “text only” format.
The use of PDF’s, charts, text boxes, and off formatting could all come over distorted when the recruiter goes to pull your application. Contact information could entirely disappear, and symbols could become integrated within all of the text. Don’t let this happen to you.
5. Typos and grammatical errors
I’ve seen managers automatically dismiss candidates the moment they see a typo or mistake. The thought process is that a resume is a crafted reflection of you and your work that you have ample amount of time to review and reflect before sending out. Submitting a document that has multiple errors calls into question your judgment and the type of work you would produce if you joined the team. Use spell check, and get two more opinions. You can never be too sure.
6. Not including Education, License, and Certifications
Some people begin to omit information to save space on a resume. You have to be careful with that. Some organizations have rules in place that do not allow you to interview or hire anyone that does not meet every single minimum qualification listed in the job description. Have a degree? List it. A specific software skill? List it. A professional license? List it. Pay close attention to every detail in the job description so that you can showcase how you are the perfect fit. Recruiters and hiring managers are not mind readers.Always list what you have accomplished, and the skills you have obtained, so that they know you are qualified.
7. Being Vague
The moment you copy and paste bullet points from a job description without including specific results you completely lose the reader and lack real substance. How can you add value? You need to put practical, quantitative tasks and accomplishments on your resume. The more specific and results-oriented your resume is, the better. Your resume has to tell the story before you get the opportunity to explain yourself in an interview.
Hopefully, these common mistakes give you a starting point for updating your resume and ensuring you are competitive. Time to land more interviews and job offers!
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