Your resume is often the first point of contact you make with a potential employer. First impressions are vital in the job searching process. Avoid these 7 mistakes to up your chances of landing an interview.
1. Grammar Errors
In this day and age, there is no reason to have grammar errors in your resume. Spell check and proofread your resume multiple times. It is also helpful to get a fresh set of eyes to read over your resume and give feedback.
2. Missing or Incorrect Contact Information
The whole point of sending a resume is to land an interview. If your contact information is outdated, missing, or incorrect, it makes it more difficult for a recruiter to get in touch with you.
3. Submitting The Same Resume To Every Post
Resumes are not one-size-fits-all. They should be tailored to each position you apply for, mirroring language used in the description.
4. Including Too Much Information
Your resume should be 1 to 2 pages max. Focus on the highlights: pick and choose the most important details about each job. Use formatting techniques like bullets to enhance readability. Avoid using paragraphs or large blocks of text.
5. Not Demonstrating Quantifiable Results
A recruiter wants to see how your actions resulted in quantifiable results. Instead of talking about day-to-day duties, describe the big picture impact you had. Try to include statistics and examples in this section as well.
6. Using Too Many Buzzwords
While you do want to tailor your resume to the job description for ATS, applicant tracking systems, including too many keywords can sound unnatural. If you deliberately stuff too many keywords and buzzwords in a small section, it will be very obvious to recruiters. Check out our 3 tips for beating ATS bots here.
7. Busy Layout
When it comes to resumes, content is more important than the creative layout. ATS bots have a difficult time reading busy layouts. When in doubt, it is better to focus on sharpening your skills and work experience sections rather than the layout.
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