First impressions are everything. On average, a recruiter spends about 10 seconds looking at a resume. Which means it's absolutely vital that you have a resume that stands out.
There are simple mistakes that can be avoided when creating a resume, but you’d be surprised how many applicants still make these four common resume mistakes. Find out what they are and how they can be fixed!
1) Grammatical Errors.
There is no excuse for this one - your resume needs to be grammatically correct. There are a variety of services that can help with spell check on your resume. If your resume has grammar mistakes, it shows recruiters that you are not taking the job application process seriously. It can be difficult to spot your own mistakes, so it would be a good idea to utilize a grammar checker or ask someone to review your resume and help identify any grammatical issues.
2) Contact Information.
Put all vital contact information in the header of your resume. You want to make it easy for the recruiter to find this information and reach out to you! Don't forget to update that section of your resume when there are changes such as your phone number and/or email address.
Speaking of email addresses, make sure that you have a professional email address. Something as simple as a variation of your first and last name @gmail or yahoo.com, etc. Truthfully, there is no excuse for unprofessional emails when there are various email services out there to help you make a new one.
3) Including too much information.
An important thing to remember when writing out your resume - less is more. Instead of writing complete sentences, be sure to utilize those action verbs and the use of bullet points. You want your resume to be catchy and easy to read for the recruiter. Make sure you drop the “fluff” and get straight to the content with those action verbs and quantifying your achievements.
4) Alter Resume for Each Job.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resume. Take a look at the job description and add key elements from the job description to your resume. If you use the same word jargon as what is used in the job description, it will create a link from you to the job and you will be sure to land an interview!
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