Five Mistakes Job Seekers Make on Their Resumes » Blog | Great Resumes Fast

I think I’m beginning to sound borderline preachy with my resume and cover letter advice.  But I also feel I have a duty to share with job seekers the blunders and mistakes they make that prevent them from getting the interview and ultimately the offer.  After ten years of working as a human resources manager and recruiter I’ve seen my fair share of job seeker mistakes.  So here’s my list of the five biggest mistakes job seekers make on their resumes.

MISTAKE #1: Outdated formatting

The first impression your resume gives is critical.  How do you want the hiring manager to perceive you?  Professional and accomplished?  Or sloppy and disorganized?  Old and outdated formats only reflect poorly on you as a viable candidate for the position.

MISTAKE #2: Using an objective

If your resume has an objective, please remove it.  That is an outdated practice that is no longer relevant in today’s job market.  Objectives will only land you in the “bland, just like everyone else” pile—not the “oh yeah, don’t let me forget to call them today” pile.

MISTAKE #3: Forgetting important keywords

Don’t forget to use industry specific keywords.  Also, make sure you know where to place them.  The top section of the resume is the best place because that’s where the hiring manager’s eyes will be drawn.  Short keywords are a great way to tell the employer about your expertise.

MISTAKE #4: Length and text density

Too long or too short and you’ve lost your hiring manager.  Keep paragraphs to 3-5 sentences—and the same goes for the number of bullets you use in your resume.  Why?  Any longer and you lose the audience in information overload—any shorter and you appear under qualified.

MISTAKE #5: Listing responsibilities instead of accomplishments

The hiring manager doesn’t want your resume to be an exact replica of the job ad.  He already knows what he needs.  What he needs to know is how you’re going to meet their needs.  Utilize statements that demonstrate your expertise and accomplishments in a given area.  Certainly there was a challenge you faced while working for your current or previous employers.  How did you address these challenges and what were the results?  The answers to these questions make for GREAT bullet points on a resume.

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