Keeping an updated resume with relevant experience and important details is key to finding a good job. The resume is going to be the first thing recruiters or hiring managers see and will make their decision within 15 seconds of browsing it. You already know what to include on it, but there are also some things you should be avoided. Here are the top five most common mistakes to avoid.
Having an Outdated Resume
If you’re still using an old resume from Microsoft Word 2003, it’s too old. The template is ancient and the recruiter an tell you haven’t touched it in a while. Your resume should not still be listing your jobs from years ago but omitting your most recent positions. Instead of rushing into applying for a job, update different sections of your resume.
Regardless of the type of job you are applying for, spelling and grammatical errors kill your chances. Mot hiring managers will really frown upon these little errors, unless they are very few and make sense why the mistake is there. Always proofread your resume before sending it off and have someone else look at it if you aren’t the best at grammar choices. Don’t just rely on the corrections your word processing program makes for you, because it doesn’t catch everything. Many times, the spelling error is due to you typing another actual word, so the program thinks you spelled it right. This is where a human’s eyes come in handy.
Failing to Show Your Accomplishments
Simply listing your duties or responsibilities at your previous jobs and not showing what you accomplished is going to hurt you. This is a very common mistake, because when writing your resume you want to express what the job entailed. But the hiring manager most likely knows what that type of job consists of, so go a step further and explain what accomplishments you earned while working at that position.
Not Using Keywords
If your resume is going to be posted anywhere online, it should have relevant keywords. Do some keyword research to find words and phrases that recruiters might be using on various job boards to find resumes of job candidates. Use these keywords throughout your resume, without going overboard.
Making the Resume Too Long
People looking at your resume don’t need your entire life story or every job and responsibility you have had since you left high school. Be brief in your descriptions and if you have had a long history of employment, only include the most recent jobs. Remove unnecessary sections like where you went to high school and a certificate you got in the 5th grade. These are not necessary unless it’s your firs job. Include no more than 10-15 years of experience and don’t make the resume longer than two pages.