First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to landing a job. People will spend hours preparing for an interview, but will only allot thirty minutes or less to their resume. The irony of it all is that without a great resume, the chances of landing an interview are slim to none. Out of the thousands of resumes, most end up in the trash due to simple errors that could’ve easily been avoided by proof reading. The resume, and not the interview, is the first true chance to make a lasting impression, so make sure it’s error-free.
Resumes can take many different forms and include vastly different content, but try your best to avoid these 5 common resume mistakes.
Believe it or not, grammar errors are the most common mistake found in resumes. Make sure you spellcheck your resume, but also be sure to proofread it as well. Spellcheck is strictly looking for spelling errors, and won’t catch any other grammatical issues found within the resume.
Incorrect Contact Info
This is a no-brainer, but it happens all the time. Be sure you double check the contact information on your resume. If you’re using a resume template, they usually have a phone number holder that looks like this: (555) 555-5555. Make sure you switch it out with your own number!
While describing your role at each of your previous jobs, make sure you write exactly what you did and what you accomplished. Don’t copy and paste a job description listed online, because that’s just a general description that doesn’t speak to your work. It’s obvious when a job description is pasted instead of written by the applicant.
After grammar, “Thesaurus Speak,” is the next most common mistake in resumes. This happens when the applicant lacks original voice, and uses big words to say a simple thing. Most of the times, the resume doesn’t even make sense, it’s just a bunch of big business-like words clumped together in an attempt to sound intelligent, but believe me when I say it ends up backfiring.
If you ask how long a resume should be, everyone’s going to answer something different. I will say that as a rule of thumb, you should keep a resume to one page. I’ve seen people organize many years of work into one simple, and easy-to-read page. It’s about substance and not length. So, if it’s a page and a half, it’s not the end of the world, just be concise.