Are you making these common resume mistakes?

Writing the perfect resume can feel like being on a quest to capture a unicorn (but likely there is far more fun involved with that). It is not easy, and it is likely not your activity of choice in your free time. Here are five common mistakes we see on resumes that drive recruiters and hiring mangers crazy and be sure to avoid them.

1. Spelling Errors or Typos

There is just no excuse for typos in a resume, use spellcheck, proofread more times than you think you should, and then have a fresh set of eyes look it over.

2. Incorrect Grammar

We see this a lot in the form of incorrect usage of tense, especially in work experience. If you did the job in the past, anything referring to your work there should be in PAST tense. If you are currently at a job then…you guessed it…PRESENT tense.

3. “References Available Upon Request”

We sure hope you have references to provide. At this point, it is assumed that you will provide references when asked, it does not need to be on your resume and is considered an “outdated” resume component. Not to mention, it takes up valuable space!

4. Too Much Information

While you need to demonstrate relevant experience and why you are qualified for the job, you do not need to include everything you have ever done. Too much information, especially information that is not directly applicable to the position you are applying for, can distract from the truly important information and qualifications that make you right for the position.

The average recruiter looks at a resume for 6 seconds…can you believe that!? You need to be sure that the pertinent information is easily found and understood.

5. Submitting One Resume to ALL Jobs

Building on #4, you can avoid having too much information by tailoring your resume to each position you are applying for. Read through a job description and see what it highlights, which requirements are needed to be qualified. Make sure you showcase the skills and experience you have that are applicable to that job so it is easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to quickly see why you are qualified.

Written by Mandy Wright, Posted in Career Services

About the Author

Mandy Wright

Mandy Wright

Having graduated with her B.S. in psychology in 2013, Mandy understands the struggles gPATH participants face as they finish school and enter the job market.

Mandy is passionate about bringing ideas to life and improving the lives of others. She does the coordination piece of gPATH, some facilitation of the workshops and one-on-one work with participants. Additionally, she works to create relationships with universities and various organizations and employers to continue strengthening gPATH.