Avoid these five common resume mistakes and you’ll be one step closer to landing the interview!
1. Spelling and grammatical errors. Proofread your resume multiple times, at various points of the day, when your focus is at different levels. Have at least two trusted contacts review it before you send it out. There is no excuse for spelling and grammatical errors.
2. False or exaggerated information. Providing phony information about your skillset or title will only land you in the position of having to demonstrate experience you don’t have. Save yourself the stress and stick to the facts. The truth is always best for the hiring company and you.
3. Content not relevant to the job’s requirements. Make sure your resume reflects the role’s required skills. Put in the extra effort and time to customize and tailor. Make it clear you want this job; not just any job.
4. Disjointed career path. Make it effortless for your potential employer to understand the progression of your career.
5. Erratic formatting. Inconsistent spacing, font, and style can appear careless and sloppy. There are plenty of free templates available on word processing programs like Microsoft Word or Apache OpenOffice. You might want to try a dedicated online resource like Resume Companion, which boasts 1,500 options organized by industry.