Your resume represents your personal brand to potential employers. Therefore, it should be concise yet detailed enough to convince them you’re worth the job. But what if it catches their attention in a different way? A poorly-written resume upsets hiring managers – and worse – it leaves an ugly mark that will taint your reputation. So make sure you’ll never (ever) commit these horrible resume mistakes:
“Skills & Abilities: Proficient in Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator.”
Texting and social media have influenced us to write words shorter by substituting them with abbreviations and symbols such as BRB, LOL, ICYMI, &, and @. But it’s funny to think that some applicants use them on their resumes to show they’re “tech savvy.” Seriously, don’t.
“Professional Experience: Bridgeway Enterprises, Boston, MA – Ass. Manager”
If you think a certain word sounds awkward as it looks, then you definitely should change it. In writing a resume, it’s best to fully spell out words than potentially conveying a wrong message.
Unprofessional Title and Email Address
“William ‘Lil Will’ Hired.”
Employers don’t care about your aliases and they surely are not interested to know. Plus, these will not make you sound and look professional. So best to create a professional e-mail address (sans the alias and numbers) and write your full name instead.
The Template Joke
Resume templates make resume writing extra easy. Just fill the template and voila! But one of the most horrible resume mistakes is forgetting to ensure the resume template is completely filled up. This blunder offends hiring managers as it’s unprofessional, impersonalized, and indolent.
TMI (Too Much Information)
“…I’m currently on trial for drunk driving and illegal possession of firearms.”
Your potential employers want to know you, but not all about you. So include only the important and relevant information to your resume, and leave the rest unmentioned.
“Awards: 2008 National Holder for most walnuts cracked in 5 minutes.”
Congratulations for such a great achievement, but clearly it’s irrelevant to the position you’re applying for. Include only the relevant achievements and awards in your resume.
Misspellings and Bad Grammar
“Professional Experience: Braxton PR and Advertising Agency, Newton, MA – Pubic Relations Manager.”
Don’t forget to proofread your resume. It will save you from potential awkward slipups. Hiring managers know what you actually meant, but still it’s embarrassing and unsettling.
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Sources: workitdaily.com, LiveCareer, TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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