15 Most Common Resume Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Your resume is your ticket to get a good job, but mostly people do not happen to have an effective resume and so it gets rejected instantly. To build an effective resume, you must know what things should be avoided. If you’re writing resume for the first time or else you already have a resume, but out of 10 jobs you apply for you get one call only, you must reconsider it.

Following is the list of most common resume mistakes and suggestions to avoid them.

1- Bad Grammar: Although the software which you used to create resume checks for spell and grammatical errors, they cannot fully scan your resume, resulting into major mistakes that can annoy employer.

 Tip: Double check your resume for spell and grammar before posting it.

common resume mistakes and how to avoid them

2- It’s Verbose: To impress the employer, you used some really very difficult words that are over his head. Avoid using such words and keep your resume simple and understandable.

Tip:  Use High School English!


3-  It’s Arrogant: There’s enough difference between confidence and arrogance; make sure your words exhibit confidence, not arrogance.

Tip: Use humble statements, i.e. instead “Top salesman of 2011”, use “Top ranked sales producer of 20 representatives during 2011”.


4- Copy Pasted Objective Statement: Since, employer screens hundreds of resumes; finding same objective statement as of hundred others is definitely going to bother him.

Tip: Your objectives on resume should reflect your actual career objectives.


5- It’s Wasting Employers’ Time: On a serious note, nobody cares what else you know other than the job description they posted. Whether you knit sweaters or actually understand the rules of Cricket, if it’s not in the job description, your resume has no worth.

Tip: If you’re a multi skilled, multi-experienced individual, make a different resume for each of your expertise.


6- Generic resumes gets generic rejection: If it’s a template based resume, hiring managers know them well, so it will get a generic rejection.

Tip: Tweak the templates according to your expertise, knowledge and of course field.


7- You’re under qualified:  If you aren’t qualified, simply don’t apply! –most of the people get attracted by the brand name and wrongly apply for positions for which they are clearly not qualified.

Tip: Apply for those jobs only for which you have minimum required qualification at least.


8- You’re Over Qualified: Probably due to recession or whatever other reason, you’ve applied for a job which required less qualification than the one you actually got. It’s very clear that an over qualified individual will cost the employer more.

Tip: If you really need a job for which you’re over qualified, try cutting the highest level of your qualification from your resume.


9- Your contact information is wrong: May be unintentionally you misspelled your email or mentioned wrong phone number. It’s not a rejection, but you won’t get a call ever!

Tip: Triple check your contact information.


10- Your resume is non-serious: Just take an example of your email, i.e. flirtalicious12 @ domain.com or mantastic @ domain.com, which may annoy the hiring manager.

Tip: Try having yourname @domain.com and so on.


11- It’s Boring: You’ve filled your resume with too many things and core expertise got lost in it. Now, the hiring manager really doesn’t want to look into it.

Tip: Keep it to the point.


12- It’s not focused: You’ve mentioned everything in it, but nothing specific. You may try to prove as jack of all, but they want master of one.

Tip: Have a focused resume, targeting a specific industry or better say a niche!


13- Formatting Matters: an ugly looking resume won’t get the attention ever.

Tip: Keep it readable!


14- Your Social Profiles are not linked:  According to recent studies, almost 80% of employers look for a candidate’s “Facebook”, “LinkedIn” and other social media profiles. These profiles allow the employer to look deeply into your work and associations for making better decision. Not linking these profiles in resume means you’re cutting an extra time you can talk to the employer.

Tip: Link your LinkedIn profile at least.


15- No Cover Letter: Cover letter is a personalized message that gives you an additional chance of visibility. Having no cover letter means you’ve lost an additional chance!

Tip: Do not submit CV without a cover letter.

Check your resume and see if you’re committing any of the above mistakes, rectify them immediately and increase visibility!



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