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9 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Resume Writing

August 13, 2017

 

An illustrious resume is indispensable in your job search especially when you are taking your first steps into the corporate world. As a resume is the key to your interview, making common resume writing mistakes will weigh down heavily on your job search.

 

Here are 9 common mistakes to avoid while going about your resume writing:

 

1. Typos and grammatical errors

This is the ultimate mistake made while resume writing. If your resume is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors it will immediately be sent to the bin. The hiring manager often searches for a detail-oriented person and having a sharp eye for spelling and grammar sets the tone. Most positions today require good communication and writing skills which is why it is essential one proofreads their resume at least 3 times over or even better ask a friend to do so for you.

 

2. Resume is too long

Your resume should ideally be a maximum of 2 pages in length. Whether you are an entry level candidate or someone with 20 years of experience no one has the time to go through extensive pages of your resume. Keep it crisp and to the point.

 

3. Incorrect contact information

This may sound very obvious but be absolutely sure that you mention your correct contact number and email address. What good would a resume be if the hiring manager can’t contact you? It is a must to cross check your resume many times over.

 

4. A less-than-professional e-mail address

This is another common resume writing mistake. If your e-mail address is sounds something like fishymark@gmail.com or crazyboneslady@yahoo.com you need to get a new one. A professional email address should ideally consist of your name with no fancy adjectives such as janedoe@mail.com. If your name is not available try prefixes such as contactjanedoe@mail.com or iamjanedoe@mail.com.

 

5. Using fancy fonts

A resume is the holy grail of your hiring kit hence one must put much thought into crafting one. Use a simple readable font. Sans serif fonts such as Calibri, Helvetica and Tahoma look great in both print and digital form. Stick to maximum 2 different font styles.

Avoid the use of fancy fonts such as Comic Sans, Bradley Hand and Chiller.

 

6.Too much personal information

Personal information such as your marital status, sexual orientation, gender, political views and parents’ names have nothing to do with your professional work ethics or skills hence they are best left not mentioned on the resume.

Instead use that space to include interests and social work which would add more character to your overall resume.

 

7. Listing false information

Please assure that your resume is in complete honesty. Mentioning skills and experience you don’t have will only end badly for you. Recruiters will grill you about the skills and experience mentioned in the resume and if you are not able to hold up to your knowledge of the same be sure that you will be chastised and rejected for providing incorrect information.

 

8. Attempting the one–size–fits–all approach

This is another common resume writing mistake. Tailoring your resume for the post you are applying to is integral to get your foot into that interview. Build a foundation resume and then customize it as per every job posting you are applying to. The one-size-fits-all will get you little or nowhere.

 

9. Forgetting to be yourself

While writing a resume it is important to be you, the hiring manager expects you to be 100% yourself. Don’t stuff it with fancy words you do not understand. Keep it simple and honest.

 

Remember, your resume is the first thing a recruiter will notice about you, so make a lasting first impression and bag the job of your dreams by upgrading your resume writing game. How many mistakes did you find in your resume?