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Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Many people seem to make mistakes as they desperately try to create a unique, powerful resume that will demand attention.  Here are a few tips on what not to do when writing a resume.

Content – Do not forget your personal information (name, address, phone number, and email address).  Make sure you can be reached easily.  Do not include an invalid email address or phone number.

Do not forget dates of employment and dates when you received a degree or diploma.

Accomplishments – No accomplishments are listed, or there is no indication of when the accomplishments occurred.  Also, using language and vocabulary that make the job seeker appear overqualified for the position.

Visuals – Including photos, fancy fonts, and graphics.

Language – Documents that include typos, spelling errors, fluff content, and poor grammar will be put into the discard pile by potential employers.

Organization – Do not use “Dear Sir or Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern.”  Call the firm to which you are applying.  Confirm the spelling of the recipient’s name, ask for his or her exact title, then use this opportunity to check the address you have. Ask if there is an additional person in the firm to whom you could send your resume.  If the recipient is a woman, use “Dear Ms. _____________”.

Do not make the resume too long; one or two pages are recommended for resume length.  Also, poor organization, a lack of focus, or lying about gaps in employment are problems.

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