Avoid These Scary Resume Mistakes

It’s incredibly easy to miss the minuscule mistakes in your resume. Most hiring mangers spend approximately six seconds looking at your resume, which means the simplest things can put you at a disadvantage. Employers look to recruit employees who are meticulous, organized, and detail-oriented, so make sure your resume represents your best self by avoiding these common pitfalls.

  1. Typos & Spelling Mistakes

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-29-10-amSpelling errors and typos can easily be avoided by carefully reading over your resume once you’re done. Don’t allow something that is such a quick fix cost you the job!

  1. Being Too Long

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-29-23-amIt’s important to be clear and concise. Employers rarely have time to flip through pages and pages of resumes. It’s great to show off your past experiences, but make sure that your resume does not exceed one page. You can do this by making sure to include only the most relevant (and recent) experiences. If the CEO of Yahoo was able to make her resume only a page, so can you!

  1. Lying

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-29-37-amThis is more of a common sense one—employers will catch on to you if your resume lists past experience or skills that you have lied about. Be truthful and honest with what you can offer the company and you will go a long way.

  1. Weird or Too Personal E-mails

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-29-50-amThis sounds like common sense, but unfortunately it still happens. Avoid e-mails like CatLady34@gmail.com or CuteKitty4lyf@yahoo.com. Not only is it unprofessional, it also shows your employees that you have no consideration for the way you present yourself to others.

Be sure to save the scary for Halloween, and make the job/internship search as smooth as possible, by being mindful of these common yet avoidable mistakes. Get your resume reviewed online through SpiderConnect as part of the Career Services Resume Check process!

This article was written by Timaj Yusuf, ’18, who is the OACS Social Media & Writing Intern at University of Richmond.

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