5 Most Common Mistakes on Your Resume

Your resume is probably the most valuable piece of paper you will ever carry with you. Now, the resume is mostly in softcopy format, but that doesn’t mean it is valued any less. Despite everyone knowing just how important a resume is in securing your first job to the one which might be the last till your retirement, we see several resumes every day with various types of mistakes.

Had such mistakes not have been present on that specific resume, it may have painted a totally different picture of the candidate. It’s only human nature to make assumptions and seeing simple mistakes made on the document which could mean the difference between getting the job and not, is an unfortunate situation.

Throughout our time, we’ve come across mistakes that seem to be occurring frequently. Not only from junior level applicants, but also from professionals who have progressed to the senior management stage. Which is why we have complied a list of the 5 most common mistakes on your resume, which could end up having it thrown out of the shortlisting process.

Applying for jobs isn’t as easy as it once was. A lot of employers now have career portals on their websites that require you to fill in your complete biodata from scratch rather than just being able to email in a resume. Recruiters now also check out social media presence and past work history, too. But above all is the resume.

Here are the 5 most common mistakes we come across more than necessary, which you should check for in your next job application:

Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

This is by far and wide the biggest mistake there can be on any cover letter, application and resume. Any document coming from your side to an employer, regardless of the context, should not have any sort of spelling or grammatical mistakes. It undervalues the applicant drastically.

Spelling and grammar mistakes on resumes are the most common problems we come across on resumes. Despite having so many tools to proofread your work and the ability to even have it checked by someone else, people still submit resumes with misspelled words and wrong sentence structure.

It just seems like the applicant didn’t even take the time to read it once over themselves. This shows laziness and conveys a negative message about commitment to your work.

Cramming Keywords and Irrelevant Information

We know how important it is to use the right keywords and match your resume with the job description as much as possible. As funny as it may sound, some candidates actually stuff in words in ways that does not make any sense at times.

This may get it through the recruiting software, if the employer is using one. But at some stage or point during the recruitment process, your resume will be in front of someone. Don’t force that someone to chuck it out because it is really, very easy to notice keyword stuffing and irrelevant information all over the resume.

Not Being Unique

Recruiting specialists may coin this term as rather being “demonstrating results”. We like to call it keeping yourself unique.

Results are all fine and dandy. What really has caught out attention is a resume which is different and makes the candidate unique. This can be done through just how well formatted and easy on the eyes it is, to containing work history described so well that we need to call the applicant in. Take the time to read your resume and think hard. Would someone really want to call you in for an interview if they see what’s written on there?

You don’t have to be all mystical by using weird and unique fonts and designs. Keep it clean, make it flow and highlight the important aspects of your work and personal life.

We don’t want to just know that you were doing data entry and filing paperwork. Tell us the background and what it achieved in the long run. Be artistic with your words.

Mass Resume Submission

You don’t think employers notice it, but they usually do and it tends to have a negative impact. There are sure to be multiple job listings on most employer websites and recruitment portals but try to apply to only those positions which actually match your profile.

Someone who hasn’t worked a day in their life in IT applying for a senior management position in the IT department might be a little odd. It sure will not be getting any consideration and if the employer has a good memory, it might even keep you from getting any chance at other opportunities.

Employers like to value the time candidates have taken to apply to their positions. Don’t ruin it for everyone else in the process by applying to positions just to get your resume in there.

Generic Career Summaries

We know you are an “accomplished professional looking for a position in a great company”, and how you are “ambitious about career growthy with the right employer”. That’s all wonderful, but what about the things that really matter and set you apart?

80% of resumes will have generic lines like that. Why not work on your career summary and position details with a little bit more finesse? Quantify your achievements and describe why they mattered. Depict a picture in the employer’s mind on where you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years. That shows confidence and maturity.

There is nothing as a perfect resume. But there is such a thing as an ideal resume which makes the employer’s decision-making process a whole lot easier. You are portraying your life in front of the employer through your resume. Make sure you put a little bit of effort into it.

In conclusion, avoid these 5 most common mistakes on your resume the next time you apply for a position and we’re sure you’ll start seeing better results.