20 Resume Mistakes


Maybe not be the heaviest blunder of all, it is the most obvious and, therefore, recruiters’ and hiring managers’ #1 complaint. Inexcusable! The minute they spot a spelling error or typo, they stop reading. On resumes, there’s no such thing as “perfect” but in resumes, there is. Be perfect.

Yours isn’t the only resume on the recruiter’s desk, so it must command attention within 15 seconds. By the time the reader reads your opening, your 15 seconds are up. Get ‘em at the top or don’t get ‘em at all. A clear, concise, and focused opening is the most important part of any resume.

An objective with “opportunity for growth,” says you’re looking for what’s in it for you. Talk about your skills and experience in high-performing teams instead.

Your resume should reflect your career: one page as you start out, two as you develop.

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