5 Worst Resume Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Even if you feel you are doing a good job of writing your resume, it is essential to make sure there are no mistakes in your document, or you can hurt your chances of finding a job.

The most challenging part of creating a resume is usually deciding what information should be included, and what should go into each section. In some cases, you may want to list every skill you have ever used, while other sections might require more focus depending on where you are applying. 

Here are five common mistakes people make when writing their resumes and how to fix them:

Formatting Your Resume Incorrectly

Just because you have a template doesn’t mean you must follow it blindly. Remember that your resume is a living document and should be updated regularly as your skills and experience grow. So if there’s an element of your resume that you haven’t engaged within six months or more, consider removing it from your resume altogether. This way, you don’t clutter up space with something irrelevant, and employers will appreciate how clean and streamlined your resume looks.

Not Carefully Proofreading Your Resume

It is easy to get so caught up in the process of reviewing your resume that you miss simple mistakes like spelling and grammatical errors. This not only looks unprofessional, but it also gives potential employers a reason to immediately pass over you as a candidate in a sea of other applicants. In fact, some employers have systems that automatically scan resumes for typos and other formatting mistakes. If you don’t proofread your resume, it could doom your application before a human can look at it. Be sure you give your resume a thorough review (and ask someone else for another opinion) before sending it off!

Including Too Much or Too Little Information

If you’re a recent graduate, it’s common for your resume to have too little experience. On the other hand, if you’ve been working for a few years, it might be jam-packed with jobs and responsibilities that could overwhelm potential employers. Either way, try to strike a balance: Include enough information about your work history so that an employer can see how well you can perform in their workplace—but don’t get so detailed that you risk being branded as overqualified.

Failing to Tailor Your Resume to the Job You’re Applying For

When you’re writing a resume, it’s important to remember that each application should be somewhat unique. Companies want to build their teams with well-rounded employees, so make sure your resume is geared toward not just yourself but also what you can do for a company and how you can benefit them. For example, if you have experience in sales or customer service, highlight those skills on your resume—and don’t forget to include any awards or accolades you’ve received at work. This way, when a hiring manager sees your experience and accomplishments, they’ll get excited about bringing you on board!

Forgetting to Bring a Copy of Your Resume to the Interview

Employers don’t always accept your emailed resume; even if they do, they may request a hard copy on the spot during your interview, even in today’s highly digital world. If you don’t have one handy, you could lose out on an opportunity because you will appear unprepared. Furthermore, some employers will ask to see a copy of your resume as part of their application process—so make sure you bring multiple copies with you when interviewing for jobs. It’s also crucial that your resume is in tip-top shape before walking into any interview; take time beforehand to proofread it thoroughly and make sure all contact information is up-to-date.

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