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Top 10 Resume Mistakes You Must Avoid

mistakes on your resumeThese aren’t your typical Top 10 Resume mistakes you see plastered all over the Internet.

These are the kinds of mistakes job seekers are always making and never realize it, and no one ever tells them about it.

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But I will because I want you to succeed.

These little tips will further sharpen the blade on your resume so you can slice your competition to pieces and carve out the perfect job for yourself.

Common Resume Mistakes You Must Avoid or Face the Consequences of Getting No Job Interviews.

1.) Never use personal pronouns (I, my, me). Instead, begin sentences with verbs: (planned, organized, and directed) to make them more powerful.

2.) Make your sentences positive, brief and accurate. Make certain each word means something and contributes to the quality of the sentence.

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3.) Every word on your resume should have a purpose. If you’re not sure, then it probably does not belong on your resume.

4.) Salary history and salary requests have no place on a resume, ever, and should be saved for personal interviews. If an employer absolutely insists, then you can briefly mention salary information on a cover letter.

5.) Don’t mention on your resume why you are no longer working at your past job(s) and save your explanations for the interview. Putting words like fired or laid-off on your resume are negative words and have no place on your resume. I guarantee that you will never see negative words on any magazine cover or in any type of advertising commercial. Remember, you resume is an advertisement for you.

6.) References available upon request. -Employers assume you already have references and they will ask you for them when the time is right, after they have decided to hire you. Think about it this way, what if you went shopping for a new car and before you even made up your mind on the kind of car you want, the salesman handed you a list of satisfied customers who bought this car. At this point, you don’t care about those testimonials because you’re not even sure you want this car. Offering references is saying the same thing.

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7.) Assisted with, worked with, helped with. Did you really help or just look over someone’s shoulder? Use action verbs to describe what you did and how you contributed. If you did nothing, then don’t try and take credit for someone else’s work because it will probably backfire on you.

8.) Eliminate words like: also, which, that, an, the, and wherever to pack more punch into your resume. Space is tight on your resume, so write tightly. Your resume is not a novel, so it does not need perfect and grammatically correct sentences. But do avoid ending sentences with a preposition, e.g., from, on, with, for, about, in, onto, through, to, before, etc.

9.) Don’t cram too much text together. Make your resume easy to read. Too much text, small fonts, and poor formatting all contribute to a hard-to-read resume that probably won’t get read.

10.) Don’t put irrelevant information on your resume. If your past job or training is not relevant to the job you are seeking, then it has no place on your resume.

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11.) Lying on your resume does more harm to your self-esteem, character and values than anything. Plus, for every interview you go on, your falsehood will always be in the back of your mind, thus constantly weighing on your mind and distracting you from focusing on proving you are the best person for the job.

12.) Convincing an employer you are the best, when in the back of your mind, you are lying forms a contradiction, which causes negative energy and mental distractions causing a constant mental struggle to prove yourself otherwise. Interviewers are trained professionals and will sense your intention to deceive them. If you do get the job, later down the road a falsehood you told may come up and result in your termination.

Okay, so there’s 12 to “10 resume mistakes…” instead of 10, I just had so much I wanted to share with you.

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by Don Georgevich

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