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Most Common Mistakes on Resumes to Avoid Part III

Below are the last 5 tips our recruiting professionals believe you should avoid on your resume if you want to stand out from the crowd.

  1. Not Listing Accomplishments
    • As we’ve mentioned earlier, it is a very competitive job market and multiple talented people are applying for the same job. Make sure you stand out. If you’ve been in sales, don’t just list what you did. List your accomplishments, sales numbers, etc. Anything to numerically show how you’ve excelled in the past that could place you above the rest.
  2. Not Tailoring Objectives/Summaries
    • Every resume should be tailored to the position you’re applying for. Make sure when you’re applying for each job, you’ve updated all the language and verbiage. You don’t want to have a summary focusing on your skills as an administrative professional when you’re applying for a human resources role.
  3. Using Fancy Fonts Or Formats
    • Many candidates try to make their resume stand out by using fun fonts or different types of formats. Unless you are applying for a creative role or maybe to a creative agency, keep the fonts simple so they’re easy to read and use a traditional format.
  4. Unprofessional File Name
    • Not sure a lot of people know this, but anyone receiving your resume can see the file name you gave your resume. So the “use this one2” isn’t the most professional way to present yourself. We suggest saving the file using your name and which type of resume it is (i.e. John Smith Sales, John Smith HR).
  5. Sticking to One Page Resume Rule
    • If you’ve worked for more than 10 years, chances are your resume is going to be over one page. The one page resume rule is outdated. Don’t try to make the size of your font a size 8 to fit it all on one page. The person reviewing the resume is going to care more about not being able to read it than they are that you fit it into one page.
    • The opposite holds true though as well. If you’ve only had 2-3 jobs in your career, your resume doesn’t need to be 2-3 pages long. Be efficient and concise. List only the relevant information for the job you’re applying for.

We hope these tips will help you as you are looking for your next career. Feel free to share your own tips or mistakes you’ve seen below!