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Resume Writer Q&A: Resume Blunders to Avoid

Volume 2

Our expert resume writers weighed in on some of the most common mistakes they see on resumes in Volume 1 and now they’re back with more helpful cautionary tips. Does your resume touch on any of these? If so it might be time to think about re-working that resume!

  1. "Many of my clients clump all of their accomplishments together. Or I find that many don’t know what their accomplishments are and I have to pull it out of them." – Resume writer, Soozy
  2. The 2 most common mistakes I notice are task oriented resumes and typos. – Resume writer, Robert
  3. Most people do not identify the job they wish to go after. You’ve got to ask for what you want. People list things like “team player,” “enthusiastic,” “hard working” or “works well with others,” etc. But they don’t write out what they’ve actually done. My job is to ask the questions and get the answers that will completely change the look and focus of their resume. – Resume writer, Marcia
  4. The most common mistakes I see are too much information on the resume and bad formatting. I come from the school of thought that sometimes we can say things better with less. Too much info is not always the best way to showcase yourself. I like to think of a resume as a sales pitch. – Resume writer, Brian
  5. Most people list job duties rather than achievements, and often try to detail every job and bit of knowledge they possess. This does not leave questions for the potential employer, thus there is no reason for the employer to request an interview. A resume needs to say enough to peak a potential employer’s interest, but not too much. – Resume writer, Cheryl

We love insider information right from the experts. While some of these resume mistakes are easier to correct than others, they are all avoidable.

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