5 Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Wednesday February 13th, 2019 - Parneet Kaur

“A resume will seldom get you a job offer. A resume will often lose you a job offer.” - Robert Half

Your resume is your first opportunity to show a company that you are a perfect fit for the job, but it can be your last chance too. Common resume mistakes can lead to your elimination from the first round of application process of your dream job.

Thankfully, it’s easy to avoid these mistakes. In this blog post, we mention a few of the most common resume errors that prevent you from moving onto the next round, as well as solutions for how to fix them. It may take some time to tweak, but the results are worth it.

1. Not Elaborating on your Education: The education section of your resume is the most critical part to help you to stand out from all other applicants in the job application process. Students often mention their degree and institution name, but it is a very common mistake that students do not elaborate on their academic skills and commitments. It is important to brag about education, considering you have spent years to obtain your degree. Below are some points that we recommend you to add in your education section:

  1. Academic achievements, Scholarships, etc.
  2. Your cumulative average.
  3. Research projects, Case competitions.
  4. Some technical skills you have obtained from your courses.

2. Avoid Using Acronyms: This is the most common mistake that we see in most resumes. Students use variety of acronyms in their resumes which are only applicable to their major, profession or area of interest. As a job applicant, you should always consider targeting a broad spectrum, and not everyone might understand the meaning of the specific acronyms you used in your resume. So, avoid using acronyms in your resume.

For example: BSC in (HHNS). People of this major will know that what this acronym stands for whereas people from other background may not get that. Therefore, always use full form and avoid using acronyms.

3. Not Including Keywords that Match the Job Posting: Students often make a general resume template and submit to all kind of different jobs. However, it is really important to make your resume targeted. This is a really crucial step to make a lasting first impression. Try to embed all the keywords from the job positing in your resume to make it more targeted. This will show the recruiter that you spent time reading the job description and you are genuinely interested in the job.

Also, another important suggestion is try to relate to the job positing as much as possible. Sometime, students have asked what to mention if they do not have experience in that particular field. In this situation, try to relate to the job by mentioning soft skills you gained from your past experiences such as team work, interpersonal skills, communication skills, time-management skills, and more.

4. Including Too Much Information: It is really important to balance the amount of information in your resume. Overcrowding your resume by detailing each and every thing you did in your past work or volunteer experience is not a great idea. Try to present the information in a clear and concise way, including the positions you believe are most relevant to the position you are applying to. It is recommended to write around 3 to 5 bullets point about each of your past experiences. Use the space on your resume wisely and make best out of it by putting relevant information. Also, try to mention the skills you gained from your particular experience rather than listing the work you did in your job. It is a good idea to use action verbs and quantifiers while describing your information on your resume.

5. Formatting Your Resume: Last but not least: the format of your resume. Students often use computer generated resume templates or design, which sometimes make resumes a bit unprofessional. Try to keep your resume simple and professional by using these simple techniques:

  1. Design the template by yourself
  2. Keep the font style and size consistent throughout the resume
  3. Use heading and subheadings to layout the information in presentable manner on your resume
  4. Your name should be in the largest font size in your resume
  5. Avoid grammatical or spelling errors
  6. Do not include an objectives section but instead have the first section be your highlights of qualifications with 3-5 important qualifications for that specific job

Now you know! Go forth and make your resumes the best they can be.