Without further introduction, may we present the worst resume mistakes made by writers everywhere. Don't worry, we will explain how to fix them.
Starting from the header and working your way down to the end of the page, there are numerous opportunities for accounts of unprofessionalism.
Do not provide a link to any website that has inappropriate content. For example, you may think that by linking to your Facebook page you are providing the employer with more information about yourself, but stop and think for a minute. Is that picture of you in a bar really the image that you want to set forth to a potential employer? If you are going to link to your social media profile clean it up first.
In addition, be sure that all of your contact information (user name, email address) is professional sounding.
- Objective Statement:
The trend seems to say that Objective statements are old news, so don't include one unless specifically required to do so. Your resume should be about what you can offer to a company, not what you want from the situation.
- Including Too Much:
Sometimes when you are interviewing for a position it is not necessary to explain every detail about your professional career. Tailor your writing to only include the most important details of your accomplishments and skills.
- Improper Pronoun Usage:
Remember you shouldn't be speaking in the first person. Avoid using pronouns like "I" and "me." All of your descriptions should be about the accomplishments and expertise you have acquired over the time you have spent working in your field.
- Listing Your High School:
Do not list your high school under the education section if you have some form of higher education.
- Forgetting to Proofread:
This mistake carries through to every document you will ever write. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to check your spelling and grammar throughout the letter.