When job-seeking, your resume is usually the first thing that potential employer will see from you. It’s important to remember how strong first impressions are, and that your resume will be yours. There are many common resume mistakes, but some are worse than others. Here are four areas to double-check before handing that resume off.
1. Spelling and Grammar
Although it sounds obvious at first, many job-seekers never hear back from the company they applied to because of some obvious spelling mistake that went unnoticed. It looks terrible to the hiring manager or whoever reads your resume if you cannot decipher the difference between their and they’re. Their immediate thought will be the assumption that you aren’t up to the job. Don’t rely on your favorite grammar-check software, ask someone to proofread your resume for you. It might be better to ask someone in a similar job position to the one you seek, but anyone from your spouse to your mom can help you look for common mistakes.
2. Basic Information
At this point in your life, you know how to spell your name. However, employers report seeing multiple spellings of an applicant’s name throughout the resume on a too-common basis. If you’re wondering why you haven’t received a call back, it’s possible that your phone number was incorrect. Double-check everything from your name to your phone number to the previous jobs listed. Be sure the dates for previous positions are correct and that contact information for your references is right. It could look like you’re hiding something if all your reference phone numbers lead to a dead line.
3. General Layout and Fonts
It’s easy to get too caught up in the aesthetic appeal of your resume, resulting in a lot of flashy colors and crazy fonts. It’s generally best to stick to a classic, for example, Times New Roman in a readable size like 12. If you decide to use bullet points, make sure they are uniform across the page and do not meander closer to the center on some lines.
4. Job-tailored Skills
Many people decide to take the easy way out and create a general resume to use for all job applications. This can potentially save you some time, but it can also lose you the job. Employers will notice if you phrasing seems too general, so be sure you are mentioning job-specific qualities. One easy way to do this is reading the job posting and using keywords from it within your resume. Trying to explain specific scenarios in which you utilized these skills will pay off when you have a job in the end.