Your resume is the first impression you give a potential employer and making a number of mistakes on it could determine whether you get that dream job or not. Here’s how to make sure it is not your last impression.
You Fabricate Lies
Lying (even fibbing) is never the way to secure a job. You are taking the chance of being caught. Not only are you pegged as a liar, but you also risk your reputation been destroyed.
Who knows who else in your industry that employer might warn about your deceit?
Your Resume is Disorganized
If you are applying for a marketing job, there is no need for you to list your time as a waitress after secondary school as your work experience. Think about your work history, and tailor your resume for each job to which you apply.
You Have Typos
Grammatical errors and misspellings are probably the number-one cause of employer frustration with resumes. According to a 2013 CareerBuilder survey, 58 percent of employers said resume typos were one the biggest reasons they did not hire employees.
Repeating The Same Phrases
Saying you “contributed” content to a company newsletter is fine the first time. However, if you say you also “contributed” to sales meeting objectives in the second line, chances are your future employer will move on to the next resume.
Change up your action verbs: You brainstormed, you initiated, you managed … this tells a potential employer how smart and innovative you are.
You Write Too Much
Too much text is a sign of a cluttered mind and a crowded page is a headache to read. Keep your resume succinct and straight to the point.