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Resume Writer Q&A: Resume Blunders to Avoid

Volume 1

Our writers share the most common resume mistakes they see job seekers make. [TWEET]

With only one or two pages to highlight your cumulative professional skills and accomplishments, plus perk an employer’s interest, your resume is high-value real estate. Everything from layout to word choice matters. Our network of professional resume writers work with hundreds of job seekers everyday to re-write their resumes and it’s safe to say they’ve seen it all when it comes to resume blunders. We’ve asked them to weigh in on the most common mistakes they see. Keep your eyes peeled; you don’t want your resume to include any of the following!

  1. The most common mistake I see is having one really broad resume instead of two or even three resumes when they have different skill sets and goal occupations.  –Resume writer, Carrie
  2. The items I try to work on the most with clients are formatting, word usage, and promotion of their accomplishments. First and foremost, I work with folks to move their content to a modern format keeping with industry best practice. I then work on the verbiage, seeking to expand my clients' vocabulary, eliminate redundancies, and teach clients how to say certain important points in a more eloquent and/or concise way. –Resume writer, Lauren
  3. I see a lot of clients cramming their resumes with as much information as possible. I try and explain that their resume shouldn’t include anything and everything, it should simply create interest and then they can fill in the rest of the information during the interview. –Resume writer, Mark
  4. The most common mistakes I see with my clients are small errors that add up. This can range from: 1st/3rd person language, lack of keywords, listing out too many tasks instead of achievements, or not formatting the resume to reflect his or her professional level of experience. –Resume writer, Muhammed
  5. Some of the most common mistakes I see on resumes have to do with improper formatting, inclusion of outdated positions, lack of spell checking, and too much passive language. –Resume writer, Hillary

In summation: have a few resumes for different types of positions, be sure your resume is in a modern format, be sure your resume is concise and highlights your accomplishments, don’t cram your resume with too much information, and always spell check.

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