What are the things that get resumes put in the recycle bin? In an article for Monster, Peter Vogt identifies 10 of these mistakes.
Don’t Do These
- Typos and grammatical errors: It says bad things for your attention to detail if you cannot even write a grammatically sound resume.
- Lack of specifics: You should in a few words explain exactly what you did in any given role, citing numbers when possible.
- Attempting a “one-size-fits-all” approach: Your resume needs to be catered to the job you are pursuing, or else it looks like you are just looking for any
- Highlighting duties instead of accomplishments: What you did at a job matters, but the positive results of what you did matter even more.
- Going on too long or cutting things too short: There is no steadfast rule, but your resume should really not go beyond two pages, or arbitrarily adhere to one page either.
- A bad objective: Make your objective align with the job in such a way that it sounds like both you and the employer will benefit from achieving your objective.
- No action verbs: Always take the active voice, because you are a doer who does things!
- Leaving off important information: Some jobs or activities may not seem relevant to the job at hand, but they might emphasize attractive soft skills you had not considered.
- Visually too busy: Limit your font usage and sizing to keep things aesthetically pleasing.
- Incorrect contact information: If your phone number or email is wrong, well, good luck with that.
You can read the full article here: http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/avoid-the-top-10-resume-mistakes/article.aspx