Writing a resume is tricky, because there’s more than one right way to do it. The best type of format to use and information to include varies by job, so you have to use your best judgement. However, there are a number of universal mistakes that job seekers commonly make on resumes that are always unacceptable.
Make adjustments immediately if your resume contains any of the six errors listed below.
- Choosing an Improper Name for the Document. It makes complete sense to name your resume “my resume,” but that can get pretty confusing for a hiring manager who receives 100 resumes from applicants interested in the job. If you include the name of the company in your resume title, there’s a chance you’ll forget and send it to another employer by accident, so use this format: “Your Name — Job Title.”
- Using an Unprofessional Email Address. Personal email addresses like “HoosierFan45@xx.com” are endearing to friends and family, but not so impressive to employers. Create a free email account on Gmail or Yahoo that consists of only your name — add a few random numbers if you have a common name that is already taken.
- Sending the Same Resume for Each Position. It’s much quicker and easier to apply for jobs when using the same standard resume, but that’s not going to get you an interview. If you want to get noticed, tailor the content to fit each position. Modify your work experience to highlight only skills and accomplishments relevant to the job, naturally weave keywords into the content, and reconfigure the document so the most relevant information is at the top of the page.
- Failing to Have Someone Else Proofread It. After spell-checking and meticulously proofreading your resume, you probably assume it’s ready to send to employers — but not quite yet. You can’t afford to have a spelling or grammatical error on your resume, so ask someone else to review it for you. Even the sharpest eyes can easily skip over a mistake when you’ve been staring at the document for hours.
- Including a Reference List. Employers don’t call references until the final stages of the interview process, so there’s no need to include them on your resume. If asked, it’s a given that you’ll provide a reference list. Plus, the people who have agreed to speak on your behalf are doing you a favor and probably wouldn’t be pleased to have their contact information sent to dozens of employers.
- Embellishing the Truth. When you really want a job, it’s only natural to work hard to impress the hiring manager, but lying isn’t the way to do it. There’s a very good chance you’ll get caught, and if this happens, even the tiniest white lie will turn into a big catastrophe that eliminates you from the running.
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