Avoid The Ten Worst Resume Errors That Drive Hiring Managers Crazy


  1. Your resume is too long. A good rule of thumb is to keep your resume to one page if you have under ten years of career experience, and no more than two pages otherwise.
  2. Your resume has poor aesthetics. A resume formatted in a way that isn’t easily readable is a black mark against a job candidate. Don’t make a hiring manager’s job harder.
  3. You list duties, not accomplishments. Hiring managers do not care about your responsibilities, they care about how you transmitted value.
  4. You don’t use metrics. Whenever possible, your accomplishments should be backed up with data (e.g. Increased sales in Northeast region by 150% in six months).
  5. You don’t use keywords. Many hiring managers will assume you lack critical skills if your resume doesn’t feature keywords relevant to your profession.
  6. You list Microsoft Office as a skill. It’s 2017; every white-collar professional is expected to know Microsoft Office.
  7. You haven’t proofread your resume. Spelling, grammatical, or other mistakes make a job candidate appear careless and/or poorly educated.
  8. You use an objective. Double points against you if your objective is self-oriented not company-oriented.
  9. You include references. Do not put your references on your resume; send them only upon request.
  10. Unprofessional email. Luv2skate69@hotmail.com is not going to get a job. Period.

What other resume mistakes do you think should be avoided? Please share them in the comments below.


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