A resume is basically an advertisement. You are selling yourself and your skills. To do this effectively, it needs to be clear, simple, and direct, especially because hiring managers and recruiters spend so little time looking at individual resumes. Here are nine things to avoid on your resume.
Using fonts that are too elaborate
The first thing a reader is going to notice is the font and format, and a fancy font just makes the resume more difficult to read. The most common font used for resumes is Times New Roman in a 12-point size and in black. Also, be sure to use just one font throughout the entire resume.
Writing that you are proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
At one time, in the distant past, including this on a resume would not have been a problem. But these days, it is simply assumed that just about all college graduates are proficient in these programs. It would be more unusual if you were not proficient. So, there is no need to include them. In fact, it shows a lack of technological awareness.
The way you format your resume shows your organizational skills. Make sure it is consistent. Do not use one type of formatting in once section and another format in another section.
Beginning with a general summary
This is really just a waste of space. It is better to begin with something like a key skills section.
Wrong verb tenses
Watch out for these. If you are describing a job you had in the past, you should not be using the present tense of the verb to describe it. It is confusing. Make sure you change it.
Having large blocks of text
This just makes the resume more difficult to read. No recruiter or hiring manager is going to take the time to plow through big chunks of writing. Break things up. Use brief phrases and bullet points, along with active verbs.
A degree listing without a GPA
Some people with more than one degree will include only one GPA. Make sure if you have a degree listed that you have a GPA with it.
Listing job duties without listing accomplishments
Recruiters and hiring managers want to know what you achieved in your past employment, not simply your day-to-day responsibilities. What problems did you solve? How did you add to the bottom line? What innovations did you make? These are the things hiring managers are interested in.
Listing job experience that is irrelevant
Don’t bother listing work experience that is unconnected with the job you are applying for. It won’t win you any points.
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