8 Things You Must Not Do on Your Resume

Things not to do on a resume

If you want a future employer to take you seriously, you need to make sure that your resume is up to snuff…

That means avoiding making mistakes on your resume. Here are some of the most common resume missteps:

Do not write a mission statement or objective: This became a trend on resumes over the last few years, but it is not one that most companies like. Frankly, employers don’t care about your personal goals, or what you want to do with your career. They care about what you can do to help them. So instead of writing your goals, write a career summary that shows how your skills can benefit them.

Do not turn in a hard-to-read resume: Many hiring managers only get a few seconds on an initial review of a resume. So make sure yours is one that is easy on the eyes. That means bullet points instead of long, boring paragraphs. It also means not using bizarre fonts, or small fonts that are difficult to read.

Do not write a boring resume: Since hiring managers only have those few seconds to look at your resume, make sure that your resume is written in a snappy, compelling way, citing your accomplishments, not just your job title.

Do not say that you are a hard worker: Being a hard-working employee is admirable, but this is another thing that should be a given – if you are not a hard worker, then why do you think you are worth hiring?

Do not have your resume go over one page, unless you have a very good reason: Career coach experts say that unless you are in a very technical field in which longer resumes are the norm, cut your resume as much as you can to one page. In addition, most recruiters say that you can also cut jobs from your resume that are over 10 to 15 years old.

Do not make spelling errors, grammatical errors, or typos: Did you know that just one such error could put your resume in the trash can? So be very careful. Proofread your resume, and have someone else proofread it. You can even read your resume out loud to see if there are any errors you missed.

Do not write “references available upon request”: Not only does this take up valuable space on your resume, it is stating the obvious. Of course you will have references available upon request. If you don’t, you’re not going to be getting the job.

Do not lie or misstate your job history: Even one white lie could cost you the job. So why risk it? Tell the truth, and don’t exaggerate your accomplishments.


This has been a Guukle guest post

Lisa Swan writes on executive, life and career coaching topics for MeredithHaberfeld.com.

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