Here are some frequent mistakes that lead to poor resumes. Double check your resume against these. Does your resume reflect any of these mistakes? Avoiding these mistakes won’t automatically get you the job of your choice, but it will ensure you are on the right track.

Mistake 1: Writing in the 1st Person.

Your resume is not a personal correspondence, and should not include words such as “I,” “my” and “me.” Use the 1st Person pronouns in your cover letter. Always put your resume in the 3rd Person. Start your bullet point with: “Created” instead of “I created…”

Mistake 2: Writing Your Resume Without Specifics.

Give the reader an idea of what you have done throughout your career. List your accomplishments along with quantifiable facts to back up your claims. Saying you were responsible for a 11% growth in overall sales is more impressive than simply stating you managed a sales team or function.

Show your achievements, accomplishments and goals in direct statements (i.e., Managed 20-bed critical care nursing unit with a staff of 15 nurses.) The resume shouldn’t contain every detail. It should only include the information that will help you land an interview.

Mistake 3: Personal Information Overload.

Don’t Do It! Leave the details about your personal life, marital status, hobbies and other interests on the cutting room floor. It may be important to you, but the hiring manager/recruiter or screener for each specific job is not looking for this information. Why give them information to help them screen you out?

Mistake 4: Poor Formatting.

Make your information clear and easy to read to capture and keep their attention. Use consistent formatting for headings and bullet points. Keep your resume simple, bold and professional. While the most important part of your resume is the content, there is no question that the document’s overall look and feel is also important.

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