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6 common mistakes in a resume

Updated on September 17, 2012

Resume writing seems a simple enough job. You have to write about your qualifications, your achievements, the highlights of your career and what makes you suitable for the job. However, it is not as easy as it looks. Often, people unknowingly make mistakes in their resume which costs them the job.

If you are keen on being called for an interview in that coveted company you have been eyeing, here are some common resume mistakes you would do well to avoid:

Failing to customize it

Each organization is different, and each role is different. It is important to customize your resume for each organization and each role that you are applying to. For example, while applying in an IT company, if you are applying for a client relation job, your focus would be more on your communication skills. On the other hand, if you are applying for a technical profile, your focus would be more on your technical skills. While it is an obvious example, there are cases when it get a little tricky.

Failing to proofread it

Nothing makes a worse impression on a prospective employer than spelling errors and grammatical errors on your resume. From the point of view of an employer, if you do not have the time to proofread your resume, you are just not serious enough for the job, Make sure your proofread your resume before sending it across. Do not rely on Microsoft Word only. Go through it thoroughly yourself.

A vague objective

A resume needs to have an objective statement. Very often, candidates have a vague objective statement. One of the most common objective statements found on resumes is “Want to work in an environment that is conducive to my skills and allows me to grow.” When you read that statement, it tells you nothing about a candidate or the kind of company he is looking to work in. You have to be more specific about your objective and it needs to be in tune with the profile you are applying for.

Not well formatted

HR professionals have to go through dozens of resumes every day. Make their life easier by formatting your resume well. Use lots of white space on your resume and bold the points that you want highlighted. You will be doing them as well as yourself a huge favor.

A lengthy resume that lists all that you have done

Do not expect an employer to read through a 3 or 4 page resume. A resume needs to be in sync with the role you are applying for. Keep it short and crisp. Include only the points that relate to the position you are applying for. Leave everything else out.

Not ordering it correctly

It is important to catch an employer’s attention right away. It does you no good when you write your most important achievements at the very bottom. Start with the highlights of your career and then tell everything else.


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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Some very good tips here - it is more important than ever to get your resume up to par - jobs are scarce. I am a hiring manager and often times I will see a resume with the objective listed as "To pursue a "receptionist position at ABC Hospital" - when they are actually applying for a "scheduler at CBA Hospital" - tacky to customize it for one postion then not proof read or update before sending to another prospective employer.