You Didn’t Spellcheck
This is crucial, as it shows a lack of follow-through. Who wants someone who isn’t professional enough to check the spelling and grammar of their resume?
Incorrect or Missing Contact Information
No one will be able to reach you if the phone number or email is wrong, so make sure you check it!
Unprofessional Email Address
While a funny or cutesy email address might seem like a good idea when creating it, an unprofessional email doesn’t portray anyone in a good light to the hiring manager. It’s worth it to open a second email address and link it to the funny one, so all the mail still only goes to one email.
Outdated or Irrelevant Information
Please don’t list family information, politics, minor in college, or any other personal information unless it’s directly related to the position. Telling everyone what you used to do 10, 20, or 30 years ago just makes you appear out of touch with the current industry.
The average attention span is short, so make sure your resume is in short easy-to-digest chunks of information. Use bullet points instead of paragraphs, highlighting what accomplishments are most relevant to your dream position. Don’t cram in every single thing you were responsible for – just highlight the biggest achievements or contributions.
Listing Responsibilities Instead of Accomplishments
If your descriptions of your past jobs only lists what you did or were responsible for, it’s very hard for anyone to judge how well you did your job. The hiring manager wants to be certain that an interview with you will be worth it, let alone hiring you! Make certain they know exactly how good you were by listing solid numbers and examples of your success! Listing the bare basics will always lose out to firm examples. Make sure they know why you’re the one to hire!
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