7 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Resume

Your resume is the window into the heart of who you are and what you have to offer in the workforce. This one document can play a major role in whether or not you are able to land an internship. It is of the utmost importance to spend quality time perfecting your resume. You know how awesome you are and you need to convey that in your resume to potential employers. Don’t know where to begin? Here are seven mistakes to avoid on your resume.


Cookie Cutter

Having one resume that you send to all employers is a no no. Although some aspects of your resume will remain the same, it is crucial that you tailor each resume for each position. Employers can spot a one size fits all resume a mile away. This monotony may lead them to toss your resume in the trash. Include the reason why and how you will be perfect for each opening.

No Specifics 

All too often job seekers will write resumes that leave too much to the imagination. A potential employer needs to know the specifics of your previous experience to set you apart from the rest. Give as many details that highlight the good aspects of your past as you can. Give specific sales amounts, volumes, and details of the improvement that you played a part in.  Phrases like ” worked with kids” or “handled cash” don’t paint a clear enough picture in the employers mind.

Spelling and Grammar Errors

The biggest mistake that many job seekers make are typos. With the invention of spell check, there is no excuse for these errors on your resume. Show the employer how much you care by submitting a perfect resume, every time.

Concealing Accomplishments

It is easy to fall into the rhythm of putting down a list of duties on your resume. However, potential employers are far more interested in how well you have worked in the past versus what your duties entailed. Use action verbs to describe the previous work you’ve done. State any and every form of praise and awards that you have received. Don’t be shy on your resume; it’s the one place where it’s okay to brag.

Much Ado About Nothing

Borders, colors, and superfluous fonts are not the way to go when you put together your resume. Unless you are submitting a resume to graphic design firm who requested such an array, keep things to a minimum. Use a simple format that is easy on the eyes and easily understood. It also a good idea to keep your resume one page long; aside from a cover page and reference letters.

Edit Edit Edit

Once you have completed your resume, the work is not over yet. Take time to edit everything you’ve written down to the punctuation. Simple mistakes like the wrong contact information could leave you without an internship.

A Weak Objective 

The objective is one of the first original pieces of writing the employer will read from your hand so make it interesting. Instead of stating the obvious, write something that will make employers want to continue reading the rest of your resume. Explain not only how you can grow from this position, but also how much you can contribute as well.

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