Top 5 common mistakes to avoid when writing your resume

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Frustrated by a lack of response to your job applications? If you find yourself applying to multiple jobs a week without hearing back from prospective employers, consider reviewing your resume for some of the top mistakes candidates make when crafting their resume.

1. Lousy formatting - With formatting, less is more. Is your resume heavily cluttered or badly formatted? Great formatting works when you least notice it because you are too busy engaging with the content of a resume.

Pick a simple, practical, and reverse chronological method of walking recruiters through your career history.

Use font and colors purposefully. Balance your content with the appropriate amount of white space. All these tricks make it easier for recruiters and hiring managers to digest your resume.

2. Unnecessary graphics - Unless specifically requested as part of a job application, never include a headshot or logos of the company you worked with in your resume. Doing so is distracting at best, disadvantageous at worst.

Nailed a perfect corporate photo and want to put a public face to your name? Flaunt it on the professional networking site that 99% of recruiters use today to source for talent. Read more about how to leverage your LinkedIn profile here.

3. Bad grammar - Your resume is any employer’s first interaction with you. Remember, recruiters aren’t just evaluating you for your work experience and skills, but also your choice of words, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

An inability to express yourself in an articulate and professional manner can point to a lack of attention to detail, a disorganized mind, or a careless attitude. Before sending off your resume to your dream company, get a fresh pair of eyes to look it over.

4. Irrelevant content - How many pages long should your resume be? The answer - as long as it takes for someone to skim through it in 10 seconds and decide if you are worth a call.

Should you include details about awards, volunteer work, extra-curriculars, and hobbies in your resume? It all depends.

Every single word in your resume should contribute to why you belong to the ‘yes’ pile of resumes.

Ask yourself this or talk to us the next time you need to decide.

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5. Writing out your job description - Establishing context around your current and previous jobs is important for future employers to get to know you better. Writing out your entire job description in a resume does not give employers a compelling reason to shortlist you.

What then should your career history include?

Impact, results, achievements - the things that matter and will make you truly stand out from the 200 other applications.

Read more about How to Take your Resume from Good to Great.

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