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Straight to the Trash: Top Ways You’re Ruining Your Resume


Have you ever submitted your resume for a position but got no response, and now you’re wondering what happened?  With dozens or even hundreds of job-seekers applying for every position in the present job market, having a standout resume is more important than ever; even small mistakes can send your resume straight to the reject pile.

Avoid these mistakes to help your resume stand out amongst the crowd:

  • Having a resume longer than one to two pages full of impertinent information. A resume should cover five key areas: personal information, career summary or objective, professional experience, educational history and affiliations or references. While being descriptive about your experience is good, going into too much detail can doom your resume straight to the trash. Be clear and concise with your points and information.
  • Not giving enough information. On the other hand, not going into enough detail about your background experience and education and how you qualify for the position can cause your resume to be overlooked. Finding a balanced middle ground is important.
  • Giving out information irrelevant to the position and your experience. Including extraneous information can confuse and turn off potential employers. Be sure to include only information that is relevant to your career and how you will be successful in the role they are hiring for.
  • Including false information. Lying on your resume is a big no-no! Always be honest about your educational and occupational history. Being deceitful when applying for a job can demonstrate the wrong kind of character qualities to your potential employer and cost you a great career.

Review your resume to make sure you’re not making these mistakes and stand out from the crowd when you apply for your next position.

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