5 Common Mistakes in Creating a Resume

 

 

  1. Typos or Grammatical Errors

Your resume must be grammatically perfect.  If it is not, employers will likely assume that you do not care about your resume, or draw not so friendly conclusions like: “this person cannot write properly”.

Run your resume through a spell check program to check for spelling errors and grammatical errors. Also, let someone who is good in English review your resume.  Re-read, re-read and re-read your resume (and/or cover letter)!

  1. Not specific enough

Saying things like: “Operated machines”, or “Picked orders”, is not good enough. Being more specific will help recruiters understand what you’ve done and accomplished.

Instead of saying: “Picked orders”, say something like: “Picked products & scanned to the appropriate location in the warehouse using the RFID Scanner”. The more specific you are on the tasks you performed the better.

  1. Irrelevant information

 

Making a “one size fits all” resume is a common mistake. You must find a job to apply for first, and then create your resume around that job.

 

For example, if you are applying for a customer service rep position at a pharmaceutical company include experience you gained from a summer internship at a pharmaceutical company or the customer service experience you obtained from a previous job not the time you worked in a bakery. If you have no

 

  1. Poor Objective statement

 

The objective statement of your resume should be tailored to the job you are applying for. Do not write the generic: “Looking for a challenging position” or “Looking to grow professionally with your company”. It should be specific enough to include the company’s needs as well as your own. Something like, “To secure an entry-level sales position with a stable and profitable organization, where I can be a member of your team and utilize my business experience to the fullest”. Your objective should be brief and simple.

 

  1. Too short or Too long

All too often people ask how long their resume should be. The long time belief is that the general rule of thumb is one page. Although, it can be longer as long as the information you are putting is relevant and important for the recruiter to make a decision. This should not mean that your resume should be 4 pages long. Generally speaking as much as two pages will do if you tend to cut out important information in a one page format. Although, don’t think you have to follow this if you can fit all the meat of your resume into one page.

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