5 Common Resume Mistakes

Despite the creation of LinkedIn, an old-fashioned resume is still important no matter what job you apply for. Resumes can make-or-break you, so today we’re telling you the top five mistakes people make.

1.      Action Verbs or Lack There-of

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen “led” on every bullet or seen bullets starting with “responsible for” instead of action verbs. Use words such as “created,” “managed,” “analyzed,” etc. There are many free resume action verb lists on Google – use them!

2.      HOW and WHY You Did It

Sure you led a team for your project, but HOW did you lead the team? Through cross-functional meetings? Through successful project management? WHY is leading the team important? Was it to increase sales by 100%? Was it to find operational efficiencies? You need to be as descriptive as possible while being as concise as possible. Which leads me to our next point.

3.      Keep it Simple

If you’re <10 years in your career, more-likely-than-not, keep it to one page. Don’t get too fancy with your resume. We all want to stand out, but please don’t stand out for the wrong reasons. If you decide to add icons, pictures, etc., make sure it makes sense and make sure it’s simple.

4.      Tailor your Resume

Some jobs are looking for someone analytical while some are looking for a leader. Make sure you change your bullets to highlight what they want to see. You wouldn’t show up to a black-tie event in jeans, so don’t apply for a job with the wrong resume.

5.      Careless Mistakes

Check for consistent capitalizations, punctuation, and verb tenses. Make sure you take notice of the smallest of details like “–“ is different from “-“. If you’re using periods at the end of the sentence, use it on all. Don’t let these mistakes be the things that put you in the “no” pile.


These are just some of our tips. What other tips have you run across? Leave them in the comments below.

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