When writing a resume, it’s best to keep in mind that there are at least 10-15 people who are also vying for the same position. Therefore, it’s best to be careful when you build your resume. Be careful about how you sell yourself through writing your resume. There are a few pitfalls that you should avoid when you build your resume.

Below are some of the most common mistakes that people do when they are writing their resume

 

1. A cover letter that just keeps drawing on and on. Remember that not a lot of hiring managers like to read cover letters that are too long, but don’t really have any substance in them. Make sure that you emphasize yourself in the first few sentences because these are what the hiring manager will immediately see upon opening your submission.

2. Less is more. There is a current trend these days for applicants to keep their resumes as short as possible. Short means that they should keep their resumes at least just a page long. Remember that employees are not only looking at your resume; they are also looking at other resumes. Remember the 10-15 competition that you have?

3. Make your resume specific to the position that you are applying for. The problem with some applicants is that they place a lot of content into their resumes, when they don’t really need to do so. When writing your resume, make sure that the experiences that you put in are related to the position that you are applying for. So if you are looking at a facilitating job, don’t put your past computer or IT jobs because they’re not significant and this is not what the employer will be looking for.

4. Have your contact information and name at the top of the resume. It’s also advisable that you have this on top of every page of your resume so that in case the pages are scattered, then the employer will still have the information for them to get in contact with you.

5. Make your resume short. There are some people who tend to be wordy when making their resumes. Remember that not every employer has the time to read and figure out everything that you are saying about you.

6. Have your references ready, but you don’t need to put them on your resume. You can simply state that ‘Reference available upon request.’ Most of the time, employers will not ask for the references unless you’ve already been interviewed.

7. Use a standard font that’s easy to understand. There are some people who are particular with the font that they see, so it’s best to use a standard font that’s easy to understand and read.

8. If you want to get the attention of the employer, then make sure that you get it right from the first sentence.

When you’re done with everything, make sure you read it again. The last thing you want are a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes, so it’s best to check these all before you submit your application.

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