From the article: Top 10 Job Search Mistakes
What's the worst mistake you can make when you're writing a resume? Take a look at the resume mistakes that could cost you an interview and add your advice on resume mistakes to avoid to the list. Add a Resume Mistake
Double Check Your Template
- I used my husband's resume as a template for mine... and accidentally left some of his work experience in the list! While it should be obvious that I'm no longer in the army from the rest of the information that followed, I still had to point it out and felt like a right goose!
To "Guest Chris ATBA"
- "Stats: Chris, you wrote that "There is no need to include a head shot or measurements, religious affiliation, martial status or # of children." Yes, Chris, I agree with you . I can see why employers wouldn't want to see your "MARTIAL" status--as you wrote--such as whether you are proficient in Kung Fu or not. But I'm assuming they also are not interested in your "marital" status, LOL.
- —Guest SunnyRainbowHeart
Exageration on Responsibilities
- A cross section of the candidates usually lie or exagerate on the responsilities of the positions held by them in previous jobs. They land into trouble either at the time of interview questioning or as a result of reference checking.Hence, it's better to write only those responsibilities, actually carried out.
- —Guest Khalid Omar
Standing out in the wrong way
- I once received a CV for the post of Personal Assistant to a Managing Director. The role naturally required excellent presentation skills especially in written communications and documentation... The candidate in order to draw attention to her document typed the entire resume in bold script. Hard enough to read at the best of times but she insisted on printing it in LIME GREEN!! The document could not be read without risk of severe headache and the impression made whilst impressive, was impressively negative. Stick to easy to read conservative type-face please and black ink !!
- —Guest Roisin
- "I am married to a wonderful woman and we have four adorable children." "My last employer made me a scapegoat, just as my three previous employers did."
Spell Check to Avoid Faux Pas
- I once worked at an HR consulting firm, saw lots of resumes, including one that noted last job was Director of Pubic Relations. I'm not kidding.
- There is no need to include a head shot or measurements, religious affiliation, martial status or # of children.
- —Guest Chris ATBA
- Carefully check over your resume to make sure it doesn't have any typos. A spelling or grammatical error can knock you out of consideration for a job.
- —Mary Dolan