Ask Vicki: What are the most common resume mistakes?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains how to make your resume professional and tidy.
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Q. What are the most common resume mistakes?
A. The most common mistakes on resumes are typos! Seriously. Spellcheck doesn’t catch everything—especially if you’re like me and sometimes accidentally type “jog” instead of “job.” Take a few moments to eyeball your resume and then ask a friend to review it, as well.
Another mistake is being sloppy with your dates of employment. Sometimes a candidate’s end date with one company overlaps with their start date at another company—it looks odd. Similarly, check that your job history is in proper chronological order. These mistakes are really basic, but totally fixable.
A third common resume mistake involves being too vague and talking in jargon or using company acronyms. Your resume should be written in such a way that anybody can understand it.
Instead of saying, “Manage a team in CLD and benchmark against best practices for LTG,” you should say, “Manage a five-person team, conduct weekly department meetings, performance management on an ongoing basis, and quarterly meetings within the center for learning and development for long-term growth.” Be specific, and spell it out for the reader. Now get out there, and find yourself a new job on Monster!
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