Six Common Resume Mistakes

When you are on the verge of a career shift, it is the best time to rewrite your resume. Here are some things that you should consider when you do this:

1. Look out for spelling and grammatical errors. It is no secret that employers want to hire competent people. When you leave your lapses in spelling and grammar on your resume, that immediately tarnishes your credibility. Use a fresh pair eyes as you scan for your resume. You can do this by letting a colleague proof read your resume for you. You don't want to blow your chances on your ideal job just because you mispelled a word.

2. Personalize your resume for each company you apply for. When you send a generalized application form that starts with "to whom it may concern," you may not get a call back. Employers prize effort among anything else, and you can show that by making your resume tailor fit for them.

3. Create a focused resume. This means that you only include items that are relevant to the position you are applying for. When you are applying for a technical position, then include all of the trainings you have attended. When you are vying for a job that prizes creativity, then you should put front and center all of the creative work you have done. In addition, make sure that you highlight your accomplishments you have garnered from your previous positions rather than just stating your responsibiities.

4. Avoid resumes with multiple pages. Employers don't have the luxury of time to read through every page of your application. This goes hand in hand with the previous reminder. Don't include all of the jobs you have held ever since you started working. You should include only the ones that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

5. Begin with a strong objective statement. This is the part where you should state what you have to offer to your employer. Take advantage of this section by succinctly summarizing what you can bring to the table. Don't waste this by putting in an impersonal "to hone my skills in this" or "to practice my expertise in that". Dig down to what you can give to your employer and make a good first impression.

6. Keep the design simple and readable. Limit the number of fonts that you apply in your resume. Also avoid using excessive design details. Your resume should work to enhance your credibility, not to degrade it by having an amateur looking application.

In addition to these six resume mistakes, you should follow proper resume formats. Once you have completed your resume, you should post it on multiple job boards. You will find worthwhile opportunities in our very own Career Opportunities page. Good luck!