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Oct 30

Getting Started Writing your Resume 4

Avoid Resume “Don’ts” –

Here is a list of the most common errors that annoy human resource departments and head hunters.

  1. Spelling Errors, Typos and Poor Grammar
  2. Unqualified candidates – candidates who apply to positions for which they are clearly not qualified
  3. Missing dates or inaccurate dates
  4. Missing contact Info, inaccurate, or unprofessional email addresses
  5. Lying and misleading – especially in terms of education, dates and inflated titles
  6. Poor formatting – boxes, templates, tables, use of header and footers, etc.
  7. Resumes organized by job function as opposed to chronological by employer
  8. Unexplained gaps in employment
  9. Burying important information in the resume
  10. Missing employer information, and/or not indicating what industry in which the candidate worked
  11. Too duty oriented – reads like a job description, failing to explain the job seeker’s relevant accomplishments
  12. Long, dense paragraphs with no bullet-points
  13. No easy-to-follow summary of skills and accomplishments.
  14. Long resumes that are greater than 2 pages
  15. Resumes written with 1st person references, or in the 3rd person
  16. Resume padded with personal information not relevant to the job
  17. Meaningless objectives and introductions
  18. Poor font choice or style
  19. Resumes sent as PDF files, Zip files, faxes, or mailed resumes; i.e. not sent as a WORD attachment, or in the body of an email depending on the stipulated instructions.
  20. Irritating Pictures, graphics or URL links to their resume.


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