Mistake #1: Using a career objective instead of a career summary. A career objective tells an employer what you want, rather than how you can help them. Instead, include a career summary at the top of your resume that demonstrates your skills and experience and how they make you the perfect fit for the position.
Mistake #2: Leaving out key sections. Your resume should include your contact information, career summary, work experience, and education. Depending on your career level, you may also want to include a career highlights section, core competency section, or technical skills section.
Mistake #3: Including your full mailing address. Your contact information should include your name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile, but not your full mailing address. This is unnecessary and could potentially expose you to privacy and unconscious bias issues. Instead, just include your general location (e.g. city and state).
Mistake #4: Focusing on job duties rather than accomplishments. While it’s important to list your job duties on your resume, you should also highlight your achievements and the results you’ve achieved. Use metrics like numbers, data, percentages, and time to show the impact of your work.
Mistake #5: Using the wrong font or layout. Your resume should be easy to read and visually appealing. Choose a professional font and be consistent with your formatting. Avoid using fancy or decorative elements that may distract from the content of your resume.
By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll set yourself apart from the competition and increase your chances of landing your dream job. Watch this video for deep dive into each mistake and how to fix it.
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