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These are the 5 Major Resume Mistakes You Want to Avoid

If you think of your resume like a still photograph of your employment history, you’re thinking about it all wrong! Your resume needs to be ever-changing, evolving with you, your career, and the new positions you might want to pursue. What other mistakes are you making? Check out these 5 major resume mistakes you want to avoid:

1.       Typos and grammatical errors: The easiest to avoid and most common mistake that could derail your chances at a new job is a sloppily prepared resume. According to a 2013 CareerBuilder survey, 58 percent of employers called out typos as one of the top reasons they toss a resume. Make certain you double and triple check your resume for these common errors. And don’t just rely on spell check. To, too, and two are all spelled correctly, but are you using them correctly? Have another set of eyes make certain your resume is picture perfect and error free.

Customize your resume to the position and the company

2.       One size fits all: You wouldn’t send the same cover letter for two different job openings, so don’t use the same resume! Customize your resume to the position and the company. Use keywords from the job posting to beat applicant tracking systems and avoid having your resume blocked by a computer. The more customized your resume, the more it—and you—will seem like a true fit to the job.

3.       Errors and Inaccuracies: If you call yourself a manager on your resume, but have never actually managed anyone, that lie could do more than cost you the chance at a single job. It could paint you as a liar who cannot be trusted. Even simple errors on your resume, like wrong phone numbers, addresses, and titles, demonstrate that you have a poor attention to detail.

4.       Fancy formats and fonts: You want your resume to stand out –but in the right way. The use of off-putting formats and funky fonts distract from what’s important: your qualifications. While it’s okay to use colored font to highlight your name, contact information, or sections you want to draw attention to, too much color dilutes its effectiveness. The same goes for formats. You may not want a boring template, but a crazy one sends a worse message.

5.       Mismatched for the position:  If you’re honest on your resume and it honestly shows that you’re just not qualified for the position, what are you doing wasting the hiring manager’s time? Before you create or customize your resume for a job, make certain that you’re a custom fit.

At Charter College, we know the most important way to make your resume work is to have the skills to back up every item on it with education and experience. Check out all the Charter College programs and when you’re ready to enter the workforce, our Career Services Department can help you create a killer resume.