Your resume is drafted, edited, polished, and ready to go. With a little help from Free Resume Builder and some trusted readers among your friends and family, you’re pretty sure you’ve crossed every T and dotted every i. But before you start attaching your resume file to your cover letter and sending your application to employers, make sure you’ve avoided these common resume mistakes. Just one fumble from the list below could undermine your chances.
1.Misspellings. The spell check can’t catch everything. There are some mistakes only human readers can see. Don’t let your potential employers be these readers.
2. A clumsy Summary section. The summary at the top of the page is the most important component of your resume. If even one sentence in this section is unclear, awkward, non-specific, or just grammatically incorrect, employers might stop reading here and move onto the next resume in the stack.
3.Over or under qualification. Think carefully about the level of each job you pursue. Employers often turn away from resumes that offer only the minimum qualifications for the job. They also sometimes ignore overqualified candidates who don’t clarify their reasons for aiming low. Fix both of these by making adjustments to your target audience.
4.Too many clichés. Remove all the phrases and sentences in your resume that contain business buzzwords or language that sounds resume-esque and doesn’t set you apart from other applicants. Empty statements like “responsible for”, “detail oriented” or “oral and written communication skills” can allow your resume to wash over your readers without really sinking in. Worse, this kind of language might annoy them and turn them off.
5.Lies or exaggerations. You might think you’re getting away with a little truth-stretching if you keep your fibs simple and believable. But think twice. Your potential employers have more experience in this business than you do, and they’re the ones who will judge what’s believable and what isn’t. Don’t say anything that might embarrass you or send your resume to the recycle bin.