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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting Your Resume

Updated: May 2, 2021

The job market is hard enough to get into, especially in today’s competitive climate. Don’t make it harder on yourself by engaging in rookie mistakes during the application process. Here are 5 mistakes that are sure to put your resume in the “pass” pile.

Spelling and Grammar Errors This one seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many resumes come across our desk filled with errors. We all use spell check but there are some errors that don’t get picked up. We understand that when you are reading the same document over and over, mistakes tend to blend in, so ask a friend or mentor to proofread your resume for you. Spelling and grammar mistakes imply a lack of attention to detail or that you are careless. Not Well Organized You want to make your resume as easy to read as possible. A potential employer should be able to skim your resume and easily see where, and for how long, you’ve worked at your past jobs. Your headlines should be clear and your content should be in a logical order. Opening with your educational achievements doesn’t make sense. Make your accomplishments stand out! Too Long You want your resume to be as concise as possible. A professional resume should not be more than two pages long. Employers are busy and don’t have the time to read through all the fluff, so keep it focused. Ensure that you are including detailed and relevant information, in a direct and straightforward style. Dishonesty You may think that you can get away with bending the truth, when it comes to certain skills or qualifications, and it may in fact make you look more suitable on paper. But this mistake will most likely come to light in the interview or assessment process. If you say you’re great with the Adobe Creative Suite and then aren’t able to create a pamphlet in the assessment, it is not a good look! If you don’t have a skill that they are looking for, be honest, and express that you would be eager to learn it. Not Customizing for the Job You should not just send off a standard resume to every job you’re applying for. Take the time to read through the job description and add keywords for the skills listed; this simple addition to your resume can go a long way. It shows that you care about the position and that you took the time to apply correctly. Employers are looking to know that you are truly interested in the job. We realize that writing a solid resume can be overwhelming. Take these common mistakes into consideration when applying for your next position, and you’ll see the difference. There are many online resources and examples you can review to ensure you are creating the perfect resume for your next application. Happy Hunting!


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