Resume Mistakes

Avoid These Common Resume Mistakes

Advertisement

In my many years of writing resumes for job seekers in the board room and the mail room, in private industry and in government and the military, I’ve come across some interesting resume mistakes.

Related: Resume Mistakes: The 5 Worst Resume Sins

Here are some common resume mistakes people make:

Trying To Fool Employers

One recent college graduate wanted to make his resume seem more impressive. He turned a one-page resume into a two-page resume by leaving two-inch margins on every side of the paper. He wasn’t fooling anyone.

I write two-page resumes for recent college graduates but I include information that most recent college graduates do not consider putting in their resumes. This information may make the difference in getting you hired, or having your resume stall in the Applicant Tracking Systems or on a hiring manager’s desk.

Spelling Company Names Incorrectly

A job applicant assumed she correctly remembered the names of all the companies she worked for. But she didn’t; she misspelled two of them. Mistakes like that make recruiters and hiring managers wonder if the resume is truthful.

Being Inconsistent

A sales executive described his success at landing multi-million dollar contracts for various companies. But each time he listed a dollar amount, he changed the form: $1 million; $2M; $3,000,000. That mistake shows a disregard for detail.

Not Fulfilling The Requirements

An applicant for a government job saw the requirement for a social security number but ignored it. When you apply for government jobs, you cannot ignore any requirement. (Note that your social security number should never appear on your resume for jobs in the private sector.)

Related Posts

5 Resume Changes That Will Make You A Perfect Candidate
Top 15 Words Hiring Managers Want To See On Your Resume
4 Ways To Take Your Resume From Good To Great

 

Photo Credit: Shutterstock


Robin Schlinger

Robin Schlinger is the founder of Robin’s Resumes which provides excellent services to those who value the best in resumes and career marketing documentation.

One comment

  1. Curious: is a two page resume really better than an one page? Is it not better to be short and concise and pushing the limits on margins to make sure the resume is just one page, even if this means subtracting the unnecessary experience? Help for this curious and eager résumé builder cat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *