Resume Tips: Top 10 Mistakes
Resume Tips for Avoiding Common Resume Mistakes
1. Get the employer’s attention within 10 – 20 seconds.
- Use an attractive, easy-to-read format
- Provide a succinct summary of your strengths as they relate to the position
- Highlight areas on your résumé that are most relevant (your degree, position titles, etc.)
- Be sure there is plenty of white space on your résumé so it’s easy to scan quickly
2. Look at your résumé from the employer’s point of view.
- Focus on what you provide vs. what you want.
3. Focus your résumé for a particular kind of job.
- If you want to be considered for more than one kind of job, create a résumé adapted for each specific job.
- A generic résumé is seldom a good résumé for any particular job.
- Don’t expect an employer to match your résumé to more than one job, or to keep it on file.
4. Focus on accomplishments vs. duties.
- Your accomplishments distinguish you from other applicants who have had similar duties.
5. Include keywords that match your skills to the employer’s job description.
- A computer or an HR employee may be scanning résumés for keywords. Include keywords from the employer’s job description or from posted descriptions for similar jobs.
6. Provide evidence for your claimed strengths.
- Highlight your strengths in the first ¼ page of your résumé. Use the experience section to address each of your claimed strengths.
7. Don’t include too much detail.
- A résumé is a summary of your qualifications. Its purpose is to get you an interview. The interview will allow you to provide additional information.
8. Do include essential details.
- As much as possible, quantify your accomplishments, e.g., “Increased sales by 15%.”
9. Be sure you do not have grammar, spelling, or formatting errors!
- Your résumé is a sample of your work. A quality résumé shows you are capable of quality work.
10. Be clear and focus on what you provide.
- Review your accomplishments and skills and succinctly summarize your strengths.
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