I have put together a list of the top five mistakes I have seen people make when creating their resume.
Misspellings and grammatical errors are resume killers. Spell check then proofread your document reviewed by a career coach or a friend or family member. It’s hard to catch your own mistakes, so having someone else read your resume for you will help. Reading it out loud is another option for catching mistakes.
Not including keywords that match the job posting.
Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in the job listing. If your resume doesn’t have any of the right keywords. It is likely that it won’t get noticed because you won’t appear to be a fit for the job.
An outdated resume will make you look like you don’t care about getting the role.
Your resume should be updated for every job you apply for. Check to be sure that skills, especially the computer skills, you list on your resume are current.
Including too much information.
Don’t tell your readers everything about each job. Focus on the highlights; keep your document to 1 – 2 pages long. Use formatting techniques like bullets and short paragraphs to enhance readability. Limit your resume to the last 10 – 15 years of work experience. You don’t need to include everything you ever did.
Writing a resume objective which doesn’t match the job.
Avoid using an opening statement which doesn’t correspond well with the focus of the target job. Many job seekers now leave an objective off their resume or use profile statement instead. If you include either, make sure it underscores your interest in the type of work for which you are applying for.
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