Common Resume Mistakes: Top 4 Mistakes Preventing You from Getting Hired


You may be the perfect candidate for the job, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the position. As a matter of fact, you may not even get an interview depending on the quality of your resume. A resume outlines your background, education, and skills to your potential employers. It is important to have a well-formatted, competent resume as early as possible because throughout your life, you will mainly be adding onto your existing template. A simple, easily fixable mistake on your resume can easily prevent you from getting an interview for your dream job. Luckily, here is a list of 4 common resume mistakes and how to fix them!

1. Ignoring Job Descriptions

Firstly, whenever you are applying for a job, it is crucial to look at the job description first. Figure out the responsibilities of the position and what skills are required. Then, tailor your resume so it points out skills that will enable you to perform what is listed in the job description well. Often times, people would fill there resumes with incredible achievements and skills that are not related to the job they are applying for. For example, a resume full of public speaking experiences and achievements may be impressive. However, they do not let the recruiter know why you would perform well in the position that does not require much public communication.

2. Grammar Mistakes

Remember that the resume is the only impression that an employer will have of you at first. Even just one minor grammar mistake on your resume can cause employers to believe you are lazy, unattentive, and unprofessional. Get a few friends to read over your resume to catch any grammar mistakes you may have missed. Also, use the internet to search up any sentence structures you are unsure of.

3. Too Long

On average, a recruiter will look at your resume for 6 seconds. Having a resume that is too long in length shows the recruiter that you are unable to be concise and clear. Also, recruiters may not bother looking at resumes that are long and difficult to read. This results in your resume being sent straight to the recycling bin. Depending on the industry, your resume should be 1-2 pages long. Be concise with your words and take away things that are not relevant to the position you are applying for.

4. Formatting

Again, 6 seconds is the average time a recruiter will look at your resume. Therefore, you must make it easy for the recruiter to locate all the relevant information quickly. If you are unsure of how a professional resume should look like, you can easily find many examples online. Unless you are in the marketing industry, it is best to keep the formatting of your resume simple so that it is much easier to read for the recruiter.

Your Ever-Changing Resume

Ultimately, your resume is the first impression you give your potential employers. Your resume also follows you throughout your life, and just like you, it grows. As you progress in life, you will have to make updates on your resume to accurately reflect your experiences and education. Avoid the common resume mistakes and invest time to improve your resume because it will certainly pay you back. Perhaps in the form of your dream job!

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