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Résumé Mistakes to Avoid

Published: February 17, 2015 | Updated: April 22, 2015

You only get one chance to make a good first impression! That’s just what a résumé is, a first impression. A minor error could mean that your résumé ends up in the trash. Don’t let these mistakes get in the way of your future. Avoid these résumé mistakes:

Typos and grammatical errors
Most positions require strong written and verbal communication skills. Typos or grammatical errors on a document as important as your résumé could be interpreted as carelessness. Take the time to proofread several times over. Have a couple different people look at it, they might find something you overlooked. Only submit a finely-tuned résumé that you’re proud of.

Bad formatting
An appealing format is just as important as the content it contains. Someone reviewing your résumé won’t even bother to read it if it’s in paragraph format or looks too busy. Use bullets to hit home the main points and keep it to one page.

A cookie cutter résumé
A résumé that’s clearly taken straight from a template and shows no real personalization is a big no-no. Employers want to get a sense of who you are before you’re hired, and often times, before you’re called for an interview. Customize your résumé to highlight your skills and accomplishments and how you can apply them to the position.

Broad statements
State accomplishments instead of making broad statements and general descriptions about your past experience. Use action words and provide specific examples.

No keywords
Using keywords is essential for the person skimming your résumé among thousands. Yours should stand out from the pile. Use, but don’t overuse keywords. They should accurately show you’re an excellent fit for the position.

Mass submission
No one résumé will match each position perfectly. Each submission needs to be customized to the position you’re applying for. Employers can tell right away if you’ve submitted the same résumé for other job openings.

A good résumé is the secret to building a successful career. At Charter College, we offer our students and graduates career planning guidance including résumé workshops and interview practice. We have a variety of programs to choose from with flexible class schedules starting every five weeks. Get started today!