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Resume and Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid


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Sometimes, it's the little things that can cost a job seeker an interview. A typo or a grammatical error in a letter, a resume or in a job application can be enough to knock you out of contention for a job.

If you know what to watch for, it's easy to avoid some of the mistakes that are made most frequently by candidates for employment. Here are some of the most common errors job applicants make and how to avoid them.

Resume and Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Common Cover Letter Mistakes
The first thing that most employers notice when evaluating a job applicant is their cover letter. Avoiding mistakes will help you to jump the first hurdle and get screened in for an interview. Here's how.

Cover Letter Grammatical Errors
In addition to spell checking your cover letters, it's important to check for grammatical errors. Here are some of those most common grammatical errors to avoid.

Job Application Mistakes to Avoid
Take the time to carefully complete every application you fill out to be sure the information is accurate, your dates and job descriptions are correct, and there are no spelling or grammatical errors.

Not Including Resume Keywords
Resume keywords are the words that those hiring managers search for when going through their database of resumes. In order to get found, your resume needs to contain keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in. Leaving them out means your resume may not even get seen by a hiring manager.

Not Including Cover Letter Keywords
It's important to include skill, results and recognition keywords in your cover letter to increase your chances of getting selected for an interview.

Not Proofreading Your Cover Letter
Before you send or upload your cover letter, it's important to make sure that you have covered all the basics and are sending a perfectly written and formatted letter to your prospective employer.

Top 10 Resume Mistakes
In fact, the quickest way to get screened out as an applicant is to submit a seriously flawed resume. Here are the most common mistakes job seekers make on resumes and how to avoid them.

Resume Grammar Errors to Avoid
When you are writing a resume, it's easy to spell check and it should be easy to pick up glaring typos. It's not always that easy to pick up grammatical errors. Here are some common grammatical errors and how to avoid them.

What Not to Include in a Cover Letter
Including too much information in your cover letters can hinder your chances of getting selected for an interview. Here's what not to include in your cover letters.

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