While good old paper may seem passé in the digital age, LinkedIn hasn’t completely replaced the old-fashioned resume. They are the heartbeat of a career search. If done well, your resume will tell your story and sell you. The most egregious resume mistakes we see over and over again are explained below. We have even highlighted a couple of points on how you can avoid these missteps.
1. MAKING GRAMMATICAL ERRORS AND TYPOS
There’s no room for sloppiness. 58% of employers identified resumes with typos as one of the top mistakes that led them to automatically dismiss a candidate. In this day and age, there really is no excuse for a number of grammatical errors. Common errors we see include misuse of words (“your/you’re” and “lose/loose”), words spelled incorrectly (“business” and “finance”) and overuse of punctuation (namely, commas).
Do not solely rely on spell check, it’s helpful to get a second set of eyes on your résumé after you’ve reviewed it yourself. Reach out to a trusted mentor or colleague in a similar industry, or if you’re a student, use resources at your college career center or local library. ANOC offers a range of Premium CV Services too, be sure to review them before applying for jobs.