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25 résumé mistakes you need to fix right now

Résumé Writing

25 résumé mistakes you need to fix right now

  1. An objective

  2. Irrelevant work experiences

  3. Personal Stuff

  4. Your hobbies

  5. Your age

  6. Too much text

  7. Time off

  8. References

  9. Personal pronouns

  10. Present tense for a past job

  11. A less-than-professional email address

  12. Any unnecessary, obvious words, like, “Phone”

  13. Your current business-contact info

  14. Your boss’ name

  15. Company-specific jargon

  16. Social-media URLs that are not related to the targeted position

  17. Salary information

  18. Outdated fonts

  19. Fancy fonts

  20. Annoying buzzwords

  21. Reasons you left a company or a position

  22. Your GPA

  23. A photo of yourself

  24. Opinions, not facts

  25. Short-term employment

The space on your résuméis precious. Consider applying some of the tips in this article to create an effective résumé.

While the article describes certain things to avoid, there are also some must-dos that will make your résumé more appealing to employers. I would suggest tailoring your resume to every different position you are applying for. Incorporate applicable keywords from the job description into your résumé to demonstrate that your responsibilities from previous roles have prepared you for this next role. I would also encourage job seekers to make sure to describe your accomplishments in statement that begin with action verbs. Previous responsibilities should be described in the past tense. Finally, shop your résuméto others in your life and in the industry that you are seeking employment in. Having another person review your resume can give you tremendous insight and perhaps even lead to the reviewer creating a job for you or pointing you in the right direction.

Read the full article here:

Originally published by Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett in Business Insider on July 9, 2015

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