Avoiding Resumes Don’ts

Published Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:04 PM

In a crowded job market, standing apart from the pack is a must. But there's a not so-fine line between eye-catching and straight-up crazy. Major resume don'ts would seem obvious: skip the rainbow-hued paper and scantily-clad photos. Yet recruiters see these glaring mistakes and more on a regular basis, says the author of Think Twice Before Sending That Crazy Resume! 

Want to avoid resume don'ts that will sand-bag your attempts to rise to the top of the hiring pool? Read on for mistakes to avoid.

Biggest Resume Don'ts:  Resumes should be short and sweet; but be careful not to leave out crucial information. Hiring managers see glaring absences as red-flags, so be sure to explain any gaps in work history. Other advice? Skip distracting graphics, type treatments and photos.

Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes: This helpful punch list ticks off common pitfalls including typos and grammatical errors, poorly worded objectives and using a generic, rather than targeted resume.

14 Fatal Resume Mistakes: Never fail to send a cover letter with your resume is the number one piece of advice in this thoughtful round-up. And make sure the letter is well-written, addressed to the appropriate recipient and error-free. Other useful tips? Avoid resume templates and cookie-cutter lingo. Hiring managers, who see a kajillion resumes, will spot these shortcuts in an instant and write you off as lazy and unimaginative.

Finally, we leave you with an amusing selection of jaw-droppingly awful resumes mistakes to avoid: 150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and Blunders Ever.  We know you'd never make these mistakes, right???

What is a major resume pitfall in your book? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.


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