Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid | Key Technical Resources, Inc.

Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

June 10, 2020

Your resume is one of the first ways you make an impression on a potential employer, and it is vital that it is free of mistakes. In a tough job market, even the most qualified professionals might be written off if they make a fatal error in their resume.

To make sure your first point of contact with your next employer is perfect, avoid the following common resume mistakes in Fort Lauderdale, FL:

  • Grammatical errors and typos: Having a resume riddled with spelling or grammatical errors or typos sends a very clear message to an employer: either you cannot write, which is a vital skill even if email will be your only form of written communication, or you did not care enough to review your resume before submitting your application.
  • Generic approach: You may try to send a single, formulaic resume to every job you apply for, but this approach is not likely to work. Tailor your resume to the specific job, showing the employer you want that job and not just whatever job you can get.
  • Lack of specifics: Use strong and specific verbs and include details about your responsibilities. Instead of saying you were “responsible for X” or “worked with Y,” list your duties on a day-to-day basis, including stronger verbs such as “recruited,” “supervised” or “collaborated with.” Ask yourself what skills you are bringing to your next role and highlight them.
  • Cutting important achievements: Some people stick to the rule of keeping a resume to only one page. This rule isn’t actually strict, and if you have many achievements, two pages is acceptable. This makes room to include additional jobs that, while they might not seem important, may have contributed to your soft skills, such as communication, problem solving and teamwork. You should also include any trainings or professional development in which you participated.
  • Poor introduction: If you include a career summary at the beginning of your resume—which can be helpful, especially if a cover letter is not required—make sure it is specific and not filled with fluff. Explain, clearly and briefly, what makes you stand out from the pack.
  • Visually unappealing: Your resume should represent you as a professional, and therefore should be clean and nice to look at. Make sure there are clear margins, decent spacing between different jobs and sections and that you stick to one or two complementary fonts. Ask someone to review your resume to verify that it’s easy to read.
  • Incorrect contact information: You cannot get a job if the employer cannot get in touch with you. Make sure you include accurate, up-to-date contact information—phone number and email—on your resume.

To avoid these and other resume mistakes in Fort Lauderdale, FL, reach out to Key Technical Resources, Inc. today. We’ve become a premier employment agency over the past two decades, and we have years of experience analyzing resumes and conducting interviews. We can help you get on the path to successful employment. Contact us today for more information on how to get your resume on track.

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