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Avoid Resume Mistakes When Preparing Your Resume

By February 28, 2019 No Comments
Avoid resume mistakes and critical errors that could hinder review of your resume. These issues make the difference in how you are judged and your chances of getting an interview.
“It is so easy to make serious mistakes on your resume so I highly recommend everyone take time to check their work,” says Manhattan Resources CEO Chris Schoettelkotte. “If you work with a recruiter or resume writer, they automatically check everything with a professional eye. If you work alone, ask a friend or family member to review your resume and keep these points in mind.”
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Grammar Mistakes and Typos are a No-No

Don’t risk being undervalued by making grammar errors or typos on your resume. When you have nothing but your resume to inform others about your education, grammar errors could give a false impression that you are not a good writer, or that you do not care enough about getting the job to check your work. However, tools like Grammarly are very helpful here.
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Generalizations Say Nothing About Your Accomplishments

Generalizations don’t tell the full story. Plus, you should make it easy for potential employers to understand what you’ve done and accomplished.

Ex. A: instead of writing, “Worked with employees as a department manager”

Ex. B: write “Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised more than 30 employees the accounting department of a company with $50 million in annual sales.”

While both statements describe the same person, details, and specifics such as those in example B will stand out and answer a potential employer’s questions.

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One Size Fits All Is Not a Good Approach

A one-size-fits-all resume is the worst approach to your job search. Carefully review the employer’s description to ensure your resume fits the job opening. Use keywords from the job description so that scanned resumes stand out and get a deeper read.

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Avoid Resume Mistakes by Avoiding A List of Responsibilities

Listing your job responsibilities tells a potential employer very little about your capabilities. Don’t rely on the person reviewing your resume to read between the lines and make assumptions.
Employers don’t care as much about what you’ve done as they do about what you’ve accomplished. However, using statements more like these can make a big difference:
  • Led review of system analysis for data storage, identifying duplicate and bad data. As a result, the company saved more than $1 million in storage fees annually and improved the speed of data access.
  • Conducted a performance study in our plant that improved safety and efficiency for more than 100 workers.
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Don’t Create Resumes That Are Too Long or Too Short

There is no magic number for the appropriate number of pages in your resume. However, if possible, try to keep it to no more than two pages. But limiting your resume to one page by excluding important information will not benefit you. And likewise, stretching it out with lots of unimportant information can be equally as damaging. Use your common sense and include what needs to be included to meet the criteria outlined in the job description.

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Leading with an Objective? Then Use a Smart One

Using an objective statement is not necessary but if you chose to use one, use it right. Anyone scanning your resume will read it.
Avoid vague statements like, “Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth.” Instead, offer specifics that focus on the employer’s needs as well as well as your own. For example,  write, “A challenging mid-level marketing management position that allows me to contribute my skills and experience to build clientele and improve product sales.”
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Avoid Resume Mistakes such as Passive Voice

Passive sentence construction occurs when you make the object of an action into the subject of a sentence. That is, whoever or whatever is performing the action is not the grammatical subject of the sentence. Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs: “Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff.”
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Don’t Eliminate Important Information

Failing to mention parttime or temporary jobs while you are in school or doing a job search is tempting. However, gaps in your resume create more questions and the soft skills gained from these experiences such as work ethic and time management are important to employers.
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Don’t Busy Up Your Resume

If your resume is busy with numerous font types and lack of organization, it will create a problem for the potential employer. Avoid resume impediments such as this and pay attention to design format. Just because you bought a resume template does not mean it is acceptable. Because of this, you also want to show your resume to a few friends for feedback before sending it out.  Make adjustments if necessary. It just might help you land that job.

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Bad Contact Information

Double-check everything, even the most minute details. An incorrect phone number or email address will cause you to miss an important interview.

About Manhattan Resources

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