- 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.
- 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.
- You list duties, not accomplishments. Hiring managers do not care about your responsibilities, they care about how you transmitted value.
- 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).
- 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.
- You list Microsoft Office as a skill. It’s 2017; every white-collar professional is expected to know Microsoft Office.
- You haven’t proofread your resume. Spelling, grammatical, or other mistakes make a job candidate appear careless and/or poorly educated.
- You use an objective. Double points against you if your objective is self-oriented not company-oriented.
- You include references. Do not put your references on your resume; send them only upon request.
- 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.