For decades, there have been predictions that resumes will one day be a thing of the past. However, here we are in 2020, and submitting a resume continues to be a must when you apply for a job. The rise of applicant tracking systems and keyword rankings have only increased the importance of resume writing if you are primarily applying for jobs online instead of through referrals.
© (RossHelen/Getty Images) Elegant recruiter reading resume for job hiring in the office
With so much riding on this document to set you apart from thousands of other applicants, here are 10 resume mistakes you should avoid:
- Don’t include a picture.
- Don’t misrepresent employment dates.
- Don’t include graduation dates.
- Omit irrelevant volunteer work.
- Omit outdated credentials.
- Don’t list every online class you’ve taken.
- Be mindful of errors.
- Don’t send the wrong document format.
- Don’t use subjective language.
- Don’t embellish or lie.
Resume writing is already a tricky balance of reflecting the relevant parts of your past, showing your impact and customizing the content to the role for which you are applying. Don’t make it tougher with common mistakes that skilled recruiters and hiring managers will use to rule you out quickly. By steering clear of these top resume writing mistakes, you will increase your chances of getting that interview.
Article written by Robin Reshwan for U.S. News & World Report©