Posted June 03, 2015 by

Review Your Resume Carefully for These Mistakes

Has your resume led to any success in your job search?  If you have been trying to find a job for a while now, consider looking back over your resume.  It could be that you have made the simplest error such as a typo or left out your contact information, which would be terrible if a potential employer wants to get in touch with you.  No matter how big or small, one mistake is all it takes to cost you a chance to land a job.  Here are some mistakes to look for when reviewing your resume.

Distracting designs – While you may have a desire to be creative, you don’t need to be over the top with your resume design.  Keep it simple so that the reader can focus more on the substance than the style. One tip, be sure to incorporate white space.

Including references – If your resume has the phrase “References Available Upon Request”, go ahead and remove it.  An employer will let you know if he or she wants a list of references.  Instead, use the extra space to highlight why you are the best candidate for the job.

Sharing irrelevant work experience – Anything that does not relate to the job you have applied for should be left off your resume.  Focus on any skills and experience that provides value to a potential employer.  Think about using keywords in the job description so the reader can easily identify them with your resume.

Adding hobbies – Your hobbies might make for good conversation during an interview, but leave them off your resume.  For this document, your personal interests are of no concern to an employer.

Providing personal views – Just like with your hobbies, keep your personal views to yourself.  By sharing opinions on subjects such as politics and religion, you leave the door open for discrimination.  You only want to be judged based on your qualifications for the job and nothing more.

Your resume is an important part of the job search.  If you have a resume that is not creating opportunities for you, then it may be time to make a change or two.  Review your resume carefully, and eliminate the mistakes holding it back from being the best it can be.

During my initial job search after college, I applied for over 350 jobs… and I received NOT ONE response! I was extremely qualified for each and every job I applied for, but my resume… well, it sucked. So you can learn from my mistakes, here are some of the reasons my resume and many others

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