5 Common Resume Mistakes

5 Common Resume Mistakes

Resume writing really is an art and you will come across so much information out there about how to write one and what to include. Despite the river of available information and potentially conflicting claims there are universal truths when it comes to resume writing and some very common blunders. We have listed 5 every day mistakes we see that are a simple no-no.

1. Poor formatting and incorrect spelling

Every day we see resumes with incorrect spelling and grammar and it’s a sure-fire way to have your resume rejected. Always use spell check, proof read your work and if possible, ask a friend to look your resume over. Formatting correctly cannot be stressed enough, using correct fonts, letter sizing, only bold headings or integral information. Ensure your formatting is consistent throughout the resume and is simple to follow. An example of what not to do is below.


Heading one
Insert abd spelimg here

Repeat some more bad spelling


2. Not tailoring your resume
A generic resume is only ok if its already suited to a certain industry or role that you are applying for. It will serve you no good to send a resume with sales experience from 10+ years in retail management when the role is in the IT industry requesting experience with C++ or Oracle. Make sure your resume is relevant and responds to the position in question. Keywords relevant to the specific job and company cannot be stressed enough, these are a simple google search away and just carefully sprinkle them throughout your resume.

3. Large gaps in your employment history
There are times where you may be out of work for one reason or another however a hiring manager or recruiter may use these gaps in your resume to potentially weed your resume out, assuming the ATS system doesn’t do this first. Large gaps could indicate someone is trying to hide certain unfavourable employment periods or perhaps even periods of incarceration. Where possible, try to avoid having large gaps between employment in your resume otherwise put in the reason for the gap e.g. studying, volunteering or caring for children. Just remember there are acceptable reasons for unemployment and do not be apologetic for these. If needed, put in your resume how you have kept up with industry changes between employment periods.

4. Too many jobs in so little time
The opposite spectrum to large gaps in your employment history is having too many in a brief period or job hopping. Job hopping may not always be a problem depending on your industry, such as short term contracts, however you should be wary of how this is presented. If you have had numerous jobs in a short period of time you could omit some of the shorter or less relevant jobs. For contracts with similar roles you can include them under one heading with an all-encompassing date range and then list the companies as a sub heading. A final method to try polish an excess of jobs is to remove days and months from the start and finish and just list the years, however this will be spotted by savvy recruiters and may create doubt in their mind.

5. Too much information
This one is something we see time and time again. Wall to wall text like a high school student trying to fluff out their essay last minute. Hiring managers will see through fluff, if they choose to even read your resume at all. A recruiter or HR person will take 6-30 seconds to skim your resume and determine if it’s worth further in-depth reading. While you don’t want to skip valuable information such as your achievements, job specific skills and qualifications, it must be written concisely. Listing hobbies and how you spend your weekends needs to be removed. Hobbies and other such information should only be included if they are relevant to the job being applied for, such as a programming in your spare time, but even then, this information would be better off in the cover letter.

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