5 Resume Mistakes

Resumes are the heartbeat of an institutional or career search. Your resume can either work for, or against you. If done well, your resume will tell your story and sell you. In view that the first step for any university/ job placement begins by sending in your credentials & achievements. Here are some resume mistakes interviewers see over and over.


1) Typos and Grammatical Errors

Pay attention to the little details. This may seem obvious, but getting the simple details wrong will get your résumé tossed into the reject pile, really fast. When you put an incorrect phone number down or mess up your job titles, work experiences or dates, it makes your résumé look haphazard. A wrong job title can be verified with a formal employer, and it’s definitely not be a good idea to highlight a mismatched fanciful job title.

2) Getting too elaborate with formatting and style 

Formatting is key! Don’t let your résumé get out of hand with fonts and graphs and distract the reader from what’s important (how qualified you are). If you’re going to use bullets, they should be the same size and shape in each section and in proper alignment from page to page. That includes the format of spacing! A lot of resumes have different ‘space’ formatting in the main title and the sub categories. Please, for your own sake, standardise them.

3) Being Vague

When you are too wordy and vague, we don’t know what you’ve actually accomplished. Interviewers like to see as much information as possible upfront. Highlight your achievements. If you raised money or saved money, put down the actual dollar figure – never give an answer that you can’t verify when they dig deeper.

4) Squeezing too many words in a page

CareerBuilder’s data shows that for graduates, 66% of employers say a résumé should be one page long, and for more seasoned workers, 77% of employers say they expect a résumé that’s at least two pages long. When trying to condense your employment history and skills into a few pages, “choose the accomplishments that are most in line with the open position’s main responsibilities and with the company’s corporate values,” says Tarpey.

5) Not including skills  

While listing out your “skills” may seem optional to you, many interviewers don’t see it that way, though they offer several ways to tackle the task on a résumé. For example, you might lead into a statement on your ‘skills’ with the words ‘Effective Communicator’ and then immediately follow with an example where you were an effective communicator, like ‘being the main Point of Contact for the last year’s major events’. The essential soft skills of communication will definitely increase your chances at the interviews.


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  1. Zachary - July 1, 2014