10 Resume Mistakes That Will Get You Thrown Out From the Start
You have about 5 seconds and the first three-quarters of your resume to make it or
break it. You should never, ever …
Make spelling or grammatical errors. Don’t rely on spell check to do the job for
you. It isn’t perfect.
Change verb tense in one job description. Use current tense for current jobs and
past tense for past jobs.
Camouflage your real name in an email address. Cute names that describe your character
are childish and unprofessional.
Confuse the reader by using one email address and listing a completely different
one on your resume.
Use two different last names. If you have changed your last name, make sure it is
consistent throughout all of your communications.
Leave out dates of employment or schooling. This leads to suspicion about what you
might be trying to hide.
Add graphics or use fonts and colors. These will not distinguish you. They just
get in the way.
Leave out accomplishments. Make sure you identify how you have improved profit and
Include too much information. Brief bullet points are much easier to read and stand
out more than paragraphs. Excessive reporting will not be read thoroughly and important
details will be overlooked.
Omit keywords. Electronic readers are programmed to search for particular words related
to the job. Customize your resume every time you apply for a job, and incorporate
words from the job description.