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One of the most important things you should take care of when you’re in the job market is your resume. Your resume represents you and your credentials and it is something that you just cannot risk to go wrong. Here are some common resume mistakes as well as a few tips on how to avoid them to ensure that your resume remains effective:
- Grammar and Spelling Lapses – Nothing can ruin a resume more quickly than having a number of grammatical errors and misspellings. This shows that you did not review your resume enough and could show that you are not as serious about your job hunt. For best results, ask someone else to review your resume for you. Sometimes, there are things that you just won’t notice that somebody else will.
- Outdated Information – There will be times when you will be caught in the middle of an interview and would have to acknowledge that the information they are asking you about is outdated. This is definitely a big no-no and could once again show carelessness on your part. The moment anything changes in your career, make sure that the first thing you do is to update your resume.
- No Relevant Keywords – In every job posting, there are several keywords that you should consider using in the body of your resume. These could be skills required for the post or certifications that you should have earned. Not using these on your resume could make a hiring manager dismiss your application because it will seem that you are not fit for the job.
- Too Much Information – Once again, relevance is one of the keywords that you should remember in making your resume. Sort through all the information in your resume and see if everything in there is relevant to your application. Having a lot of unnecessary stuff could make your resume too long. Knowing that hiring managers go through tons of resumes everyday, they spend only a few seconds to give your resume a quick run through before deciding if it’s worth their time or not.
- Highlighting Ordinary Roles – It is necessary to follow each job title you have held in the past with a brief description of the responsibilities that come with it. What you might forget however, is the fact that you could also add your achievements as you held the post. Maximize the first few bullets by focusing on achievements instead of ordinary job descriptions.
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Take care in checking your resume a few times before submitting it to a potential employer. Use this as a checklist and make sure you avoid the mistakes mentioned above.