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Resume tips and mistakes

Updated on December 4, 2014

Writing Resumes

Resume review

Your resume is the first connection with a potential employer. It is important to make a good impression and also to show an accurate reflection of yourself. A resume may be the key to your invitation to interview. Take the time to review these tips and lessons from others mistakes. Most of all, create an honest accurate summary that will be easy to read and remember.

Statistics on resume cheating

We can all assume that we are honest all the time, right? Well, maybe we just allow a few little lies now and then.

How honest are you when polishing your profile for a job search?

No need for true confessions, just a reminder that there are some major pitfalls to avoid when you are creating your resume. Most job seekers are trying to be competitive and create the best impression but sometimes the truth can get stretched a bit.

Before we delve into the “do’s and don’ts” of resume building, lets review the statistics on this subject and what we can learn from others.

According to recent research report from human resource mangers, dated July 2012, “Accu-Screen, Inc. ACP, The Society of Human Resource Managers”, they have found the following:

  • 53% of resumes and job applications contain falsifications
  • 78% of resumes are misleading
  • 29% of resumes show altered employment dates
  • 21% of resumes state fraudulent degrees
  • 27% give falsified references


But just because the numbers tell of the overall dishonesty, you can still strive for a true and valid resume to set yourself apart from others.


Mistakes to avoid

Here are some of the things to avoid as you are reviewing your resume. These are common mistakes or oversights.

  • Using “References upon request” is not the way to complete this task. It is best to provide the information on your references and don't place the effort on the employer.
  • Spelling errors. Do a complete spelling and grammar check so that the resume does not look sloppy
  • Outdated information. Keep an accurate and timely view of your details to be as current as possible
  • Enhanced skill levels. Don't embellish skills that you don't have. This may lead to confusion later as you interview.
  • Lying about the reason for leaving prior job. Be honest about your experience since the new employer will probably check up on your previous work history.


Tips for improving resumes


Keep your resume brief, no one has time to read your life story. Typically one to two pages is best with a cover letter to introduce yourself.

Use bullet points or short descriptions to keep a clear focus.

Keep your resume current and relevant for the employer. Adjust the content for the type of job and company you are seeking. Use the resume format that fits your profession. Find resume samples for your career field to use as a model.

Keep a list of the companies and positions that you have applied for plus the resume dates and versions. This will help to manage any follow up questions.


Would you hire yourself?


Ask others to review your resume and be open to criticisms, this is the time to gain from outside experience or consult with colleagues in your field.

Use a professional resume writing service that matches your job level. It may help to submit your version to a professional for the final polish and presentation. It may be only minor adjustments to consider such as spacing or font or format that will make a better visual impression. Or it may be selecting the right keywords that will connect with the hiring manager.

See online services for resume samples such as Monster.com

or Career Builder

Expand your job search by including social media such as LinkedIn.


Final suggestions

Be prepared to discuss or elaborate on anything regarding your resume. The job interview will allow you an opportunity to expand on your skills and experience.

Resumes are a reflection of who you are and what you bring to the job, it should be a summary of your strengths and your achievements. Let your true colors shine, show who you are and why you are unique.

Good luck to all job seekers and recent graduates who are working on their resumes.



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