Top Common Resume Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

You’ve spent hours cultivating skills, gaining experiences, and learning the requirements necessary for your dream job. Once you’ve created your resume, how do you ensure that it’s up to the standards of the hiring manager and recruiting team? Here are three common resume mistakes and the tools you’ll need to fix them. Read through your resume and make sure these mistakes don’t pop up, and you can feel confident that your resume is well on its way to revealing your qualifications and accomplishments in a clear and effective way.

  1. Spelling and grammar fumbles. How is it that it’s so easy to read the same document five times and still not catch a basic spelling issue? TopResume surveyed “former and current recruiters, hiring managers, and human resources executives” about resume flaws and discussed the survey results in an article by Ronda Suder. In this article, Suder explains that mistakes in grammar and spelling “topped the list of deal-breakers in the survey.” Clearly, small spelling issues are important. Thankfully, they’re easy to fix. Simply ask a trusted resource to proofread your resume, and then set up a time to discuss their impressions and talk about any spelling or grammar errors they found. This resource can be a professor, mentor, friend, or even someone from your school. Reach out to people who write well and are pros at grammar, and your resume will get the boost it needs in no time.
  2. Writing about a quality instead of showing that quality. Don’t say “I am a very compassionate person.” Instead, include an experience on your resume that reveals your compassion through serving others or participating in a community event. In her article on Glassdoor, Emily Moore explains that “When job seekers simply state how great they are without providing any evidence, they lose credibility in recruiters’ eyes.” Choose which experiences to include on your resume wisely, and think about the qualities that they will reveal. For example, if you served on a community project, this reveals compassion and a desire to serve your community–two great qualities! Which experiences can you include on your resume today?
  3. Leaving out crucial keywords. In her article on The Balance Life Careers, Alison Doyle explains that keywords are critical in order for job companies to visualize you as a solid fit for the job. In another article on The Balance Life Careers, Doyle defines keywords as “words or short phrases that relate to particular requirements for a job….the skills, abilities, credentials, and qualities that a hiring manager looks for in a candidate.” Look closely at the descriptions and keywords in the job posting for which you’re applying, and then utilize those keywords in your resume. This way, both you and the recruiters are on the same page.

Watch for these three errors, and you’ll be ahead of the game as you craft a resume that is eye-catching, informative, and effective. If you’re looking for more advice, check out this blog post of ours on keywords and organization tips to cultivate a strong resume. You’ve got this!

By Carissa Joy Burns

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