5 Fatal Resume Mistakes to Avoid

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Are you currently on the job market and wondering why you aren’t scoring any interviews or perpetually being offered the wrong opportunities?

If either scenario is true, you may be inadvertently making one or more of the most common mistakes job seekers make when posting/sending their resumes:

1. Misspellings and grammatical errors: When hiring managers and recruiters spot misspellings or grammatical errors, the resume in question is often thrown directly into the trash. Errors make it appear that you don’t pay attention to detail or care how you come across to others.

Read each and every word included in your resume and ask a trusted friend or family member to offer suggestions for revision. You may also think about hiring a professional proofreader for an hour or two.

Here is a great resume proofing checklist for further guidance.

2. Failing to keyword optimize your resume: In today’s Internet-centric world, it is important you understand the importance of keyword optimizing your resume. Browse a handful of job descriptions posted on Monster, Craigslist, and other job search sites and make note of the common words showcased.

For example, in an Accounts Payable Clerk position, keywords and phrases could include “accounts payable,” “business-to-business,” “expense report,” and “proficient in Excel.”

Resumes without keywords addressing specific jobs tend not to appear in database searches. Be strategic when writing your resume.

3. Offering too much information: Share the most important details of your work experience and reveal the exact reasons you are valuable. Think deeply about the job you are trying to obtain, and list the experiences/successes that make you stand out above your competition.

4. Posting an outdated resume:Make sure your resume is always current. Your attention to detail is automatically questioned when your resume doesn’t include your latest positions and accomplishments. Because you never know what is around the corner or when opportunity may knock, it is best practice to schedule a day each month or two to make changes and updates.

5. Not quantifying your accomplishments: If you list a specific accomplishment within your resume, you should be able to back it up with data or details. For example, if you list that you “increased revenue significantly” or “increased sales,” it is recommended that you indicate by how much (either in dollars or by percentage). The more specific you can be, the better.

Beyond fine-tuning your resume, it is important you leverage your cover letter as the ultimate selling tool. Share what makes you unique, how you’ll be an asset, and how your experiences/successes will enable you to excel at your job.

While a resume is somewhat a one-dimensional tool for sharing your work experience, your cover letter allows for you to uncover the dynamic you. Rather than reiterate your resume, the cover letter should convey your personality, confidence level, and collaborative spirit. Take time to develop a well-rounded and inspiring self-portrait — you may be surprised at the opportunities that come your way!

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