Common Mistakes Made While Drafting a Resume
Resume is your first impression on the hiring manager. It acts as a formal introduction of your educational qualification and achievements. It has to be drafted professionally to get the desired job opportunity. But in spite of being diligent writers, many people continue with these common mistakes while drafting a resume.
- Lengthy resume
Recruiters will not have time to read every single resume. To save their time, a resume should not be more than 2 or 3 pages. If you hold 10+ years of experience and are applying for a senior-level position, then it makes no difference whether you are drafting a 6-page or 10-page resume. For a senior position and with that many years of experience, recruiters won’t mind investing time in reading the job application.
- Grammatical mistakes:
Homophones are the words that sound same, but have different spellings and meanings. For example: “two, to and too” have same sound, but different meanings. This mistake is likely in your resume that can’t be corrected by the spell checker. You need to avoid using it incorrectly. Unnecessary use of an apostrophe annoys recruiters very much. For Example “employees” is mistakenly shown as “employee’s”. Incorrect use of punctuation is another mistake committed in resume. Use it to separate sentences such as full stop, question mark, or comma properly. Don’t get confused with past and present tenses and vice versa when stating your work experience. Further, your resume should not include personal pronouns like “me, he or she, my”. It’s understood by the interviewer that the information in the resume is about you and your experience.
- Irrelevant information:
Resume should not have any information about your marital status as it has nothing to do with your employment. Also, don’t mention about religion and faith you are following. Furthermore, irrelevant information such as your travel experiences, or raising a family during time off period is also not accepted.
- Incomplete contact information
Write a professional email address in contact information. For example: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org are the addresses you should stop using for professional purpose. Avoid writing your current business contact info. As your email accounts can be monitored by your current manager and it can be considered as a theft and you might get fired.
- No use of job-related keywords
As most of the companies use applicant tracking systems to shortlist candidates, absence of job-related keywords in your resume will make you lost in the crowd of applicants. Besides keywords, it would be better if you pay attention to the resume format the system prefers. Using proper headings and bullets will help the recruiter to scan all you qualities and achievements easily.
- Unnecessary buzzwords:
Avoid buzzwords such as best-of-breed, hard worker, result-oriented, synergistic, etc. as this may annoy the recruiter. Instead, use words such as achieved, resolved, organized, etc., which are likely acceptable by the recruiter. Using phrase won’t make your resume impressive. The more simple is a resume, the more is the chance to get an interview call.
- Salary details:
Never include anything about salary in the resume. Leave it to discuss during the interview. Adding expected salary in your resume will make your appear a money-oriented person.
Employers will always judge you on the basis of your resume. And if there is a lack of proper arrangement of information or any grammatical mistakes in your resume, then it will create bad impression on the hiring manager. Keeping all these factors in mind, examine yourself, take suggestions and avoid making these common mistakes when drafting your resume.