As they say, to err is human. But do employers tolerate resume mistakes?
In short: no, it is not.
The story is short, most of them are pretty ruthless about it. In fact, about 70% of employers They say that even minor details, like a lack of contact information or an unprofessional email address, are enough to turn a candidate down before they finish reading the resume.
Of course, spelling and grammar errors, or a lack of contact information, are just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more. What are other mistakes on the resume that could cost you a job?
1. Spelling, grammatical errors, and typographical errors
I have already mentioned this and it is something that almost everyone knows. Despite that, many people fail anyway.
Typographical and grammatical errors on your resume It can give the impression that you are a poor communicator or that you just don’t care. What’s more, it can lead to many embarrassing situations.
Here’s a story from Quora: A friend once asked me to review her resume, which mentioned her course work in Public Relations. Unfortunately, I had omitted the “l” in “Public”. – Tim Converse
How can you avoid a glitch like that?
First, use a spell checker like Grammarly or Ginger to eliminate the most obvious mistakes. Second, always edit and triple-check your resume. And finally, ask a friend to review it (or alternatively, you can use a professional review service).
2. Prehistoric and messy design
Many people just open Microsoft Word, hit Ctrl-B, and start typing. The result? An old black and white resume that looks messy and is hard to read.
Give your resume a cleaner, more modern look. If you don’t feel like trying your luck as a graphic designer, you can use an online resume builder. Just pick a good columnar resume template; This will also allow you to include more content on your resume.
3. Not adapting your resume to the job offer
It’s tempting to use a single version of your resume for multiple job applications. Unfortunately, a generic resume doesn’t present you as a suitable candidate for the position, and honestly, recruiters are less inclined to listen to someone who doesn’t try hard enough to personalize their resume.
Remember the golden rule: you should customize your resume for each job to which you are applying (even if it is within the same field). In the end, each company looks for different qualities and skills.
Drop everything irrelevant and edit your resume with the job description in mind. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to copy and paste it.
4. Write a novel
On Kickresume, we often see four or five page resumes. For my part, I remember a client who had his resume of about sixteen pages. This is not OK! Would you read it? Nobody would and that’s fair.
Your resume should not exceed two pages. Long resumes are out of date, and unless you’re an executive-level candidate, no one will read them.
It can be tempting to highlight each of the tasks or projects you completed. But reading about too many projects can easily feel overwhelming and have the opposite effect.
Try shortening your resume. For each statement on your resume ask yourself “And that?” Y “Who cares?”.
If you want to share all the details, that’s what your LinkedIn is for.
5. False information
Let’s face it, everyone likes to embellish some of their resume information (a bit). In fact, 85 percent of job applicants admit to lying on their resumes.
There are people who claim to have a degree when they don’t. Or job seekers who include a ton of skills they don’t really have.
Trust me, all of these things are definitely no-no! Lying = you can’t be trusted = no one wants to hire you.
Be very careful with this one because hiring managers can easily verify any information on your resume. These days, it only takes a few minutes.
6. Outdated information
What you did as an intern twenty years ago is no longer relevant to the job you are applying for today.
As I already mentioned, each resume should reflect the position you are applying for. There is seldom a reason to go further back than ten to fifteen years.
Your future employer is generally interested in the recent past and if you need more information, they will invite you for an interview to learn more.
7. Highlighting duties rather than accomplishments
Many people fill their resumes with “what” and think they are answering the hiring manager’s question. “Why should we hire you?”. You what it is a list of responsibilities.
Instead, you should share your “how to”. Your achievements. Here’s an example:
- Creation and implementation of plans to increase market share.
- Ideation and execution of the marketing and sales strategy, impacting brand recall and revenue, including the launch of Kaya’s first hair care products, resulting in a 271% increase in sales.
Both phrases could describe the same person, but the details and details in Example B are more likely to capture the attention of an employer.
Stop talking about what you did and talk about how did you do it!
8. Too much information without evidence
This goes hand in hand with the previous point. If you are going to talk about your achievements, do not make blanket claims without providing proof.
Imagine that you are the director of a company looking for a new employee and your task is to select the right candidate. In which case will the decision be easier for you?
When you look at a candidate’s resume that says “Increased the company’s revenue by, like, a lot.” or a resume of the applicant that “Increased the company’s revenue by 20%”?
We all want to see results. Keep this in mind when writing a resume. If you’re going to brag about increasing sales or improving your team’s performance, back up these claims with real statistics.
9. List of obvious skills
Can you work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or my favorite: the Internet? Well let me tell you a secret: it’s 2020. Anyone can do these things today!
Never list the skills everyone should have. The general rule of thumb is to stay relevant and specific. Reread the job description and find the skills that are required for the position. Then simply match your skills to the position you are applying for.
For example, if you are targeting a content marketing role, you can list skills such as SEO, Google Analytics, content management systems, MailChimpetc.
Also avoid using buzzwords like team player, motivated, or results oriented. This can easily kill your chances. Try to give specific examples. For example, what have you accomplished to demonstrate your creative thinking skills?
Have you already submitted your resume with an error?
Should you be scared? Or should you do nothing and hope that no one notices?
Depending on the error, you have two options:
If it’s a minor error, such as an out of place comma, missing period, or minor typo, you can leave the error.
But if it is a major mistake, you can correct your resume and resubmit it as an “updated copy.” If you’re not sure how to forward your resume and keep up appearances after a major issue, here’s a helpful template.