Common Resume Mistakes
Your resume and cover letter must be clear and easy to read.
Recruiters need to be able to scan it quickly to see if your
qualifications match what they are seeking. Avoid:
- Spelling errors, typos and
poor grammar: Demonstrate your professionalism and
attention to detail by carefully proofreading your resume. It's
also helpful to have a friend look it over to catch any mistakes
you may have missed.
- Inaccurate dates or no dates
at all: To clearly understand your employment history,
recruiters need to know both when and where you've worked in the
past. They might also confirm the dates on your resume with your
- Inaccurate or missing contact
information: Make sure that a recruiter can get in touch
- Long paragraphs:
Large, dense blocks of text are hard to read. Use point form or
short sentences to make it easy for the recruiter to find the
information they need.
- Personal information
unrelated to the job: Recruiters don't need to know (and
by law are not allowed to ask unless it directly relates to the
job) your age, marital status, height and weight.Other personal
details, such as hobbies or other interests, are not
- Fancy fonts and elaborate
formatting: Remember your resume must be easy to read.
Stick to standard fonts and type sizes, and simple
- No position
specified: State clearly what position you are applying
for. Recruiters dont have time to guess.