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Our research shows that the top three common mistakes in resume writing can get you rejected as a candidate. We don’t want that to happen, so here’s what NOT to do with your resume:
- Don’t use an objective statement. There’s no reason to have this section on your resume because it’s obvious that your objective is to get hired. Years ago, this was a standard section of a resume. If a hiring manager sees an objective statement on your resume, they may consider your resume outdated and not bother to read it.
- Don’t submit a resume without proofreading. So many times, a resume is not proofread thoroughly. A common mistake is your contact information. It’s not uncommon for the contact phone number or email to be typed incorrectly, which leaves no way for the hiring manager to contact you. Take the time to proofread, as it may cost you a position.
- Don’t use irrelevant information. Resumes should be concise, specific, and factual. Adding too many words or lesser job responsibilities takes up valuable space. Give the reader a brief summation of your key responsibilities, skills, and achievements to get the reader’s attention. During an interview, you can discuss these points at length. It helps if you have strong verbs to point out your skills and knowledge.
Your resume should always be professional, and to understand why, please check our previous post entitled Do you Really Need a Professional Resume?