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5 Resume Writing Mistakes to Avoid

neverendingOct 1, 2017, 2:25:09 AM
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Having a strong resume is crucial. It's the difference between landing the job of your dreams and working a mediocre position for the rest of your life. Resumes are not something that should be rushed through. Instead, it should constantly be updated, and it's something that needs to be free of any errors. If a potential boss or recruiter finds one error on yours, they will cast it aside. Those who are looking for a job are typically very mindful of their spelling errors. They sometimes, however, overlook these other 5 mistakes.

Having a Bad Summary

The summary is the first thing that potential employers see. Therefore, you need to make sure that it's concise, error-free, and attention-grabbing. Here you want to make a statement about who you are and what you have to offer. It should basically summarize everything that you have to offer in just a few short sentences. Anything longer will bore employers. But don’t make it too short. A phrase like “Professional looking for a full time position” is an example of poor summary.

Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments

Recruiters and potential bosses care infinitely more about your accomplishments compared to your duties, therefore, they should be front and center on your resume. Any potential employer can look on internet, through LinkedIn for example, to see exactly what you did. What they can't find out is what you've accomplished! Therefore, you need to tell them. It's your time to shine and show them exactly what you will bring to the table by highlighting past awards and accomplishments.

Lack of Specifics and Not Using Action Verbs

Be specific in your writing. You want to use powerful words that describe exactly what you did in your position. Make it unique and tailor it to things that are specific to use. Don't use information from Google because that won't set you apart from the crowd.

Attempting the "One–Size–Fits–All" Approach

There is absolutely no reason that your resume should look like everyone else. No two people are the same and therefore everyone has different jobs and positions. For example, a graphic designer can have a lot of fun with theirs. They can add pictures and fonts because that showcases their talent. If someone was looking for a job in a field such as accounting, there's would be more straightforward and based on facts.

Visually Too Busy

You want employers to focus on you and all of your accomplishments. Therefore, hit them with the facts. Focus less on the visual aspect of things and use an easy to read font. Bold words and phrases such as "Past History" "Schooling" and "Accomplishments." Make sure you use the same formatting throughout and bulleted lists where applicable. Also, keep yours to one page, unless of course you have tons of experience in the field. Either way, going over 2 pages would be excessive; an employer is likely to lose interest.

Lastly, don’t forget to check your resume over for grammatical errors when you are done. Also make sure to include all of your contact information at the top is correct.