I see soooo many resumes. Hundreds and hundreds.
It never seems to amaze me the mistakes that are on many resumes. I always wonder, did the candidate even read over this?
Sometimes they are small and won’t hold a candidate back. But many times they make the difference between an interview or a rejection email. Below are sloppy resume mistakes that we see far too often. Be sure to check over your own resume, especially if you’re using a site like Indeed that offers a pre-built resume.
Please check your spelling and grammar. You’d be surprised how many resumes I see that have the candidate’s name, street address, or a company they’ve worked for spelt incorrectly.
Dates of Employment
This one always gets me. Be sure that when you have your experience listed on your resume that you include the dates you were employed. If you have 6 positions listed on your resume but no indication of how long you were in each then I don’t know if you were in those 6 positions in a year’s time or in ten years time; and I’m not going to waste my time reaching out to find out when you should know better in the first place.
It’s typical to list your most recent position first and go backwards. However, I frequently see experience listed in no specific order and it’s confusing. I spend typically 3-5 seconds glancing at a resume before deciding if I’m going to review it in detail or move on to the next one (sorry but there’s not enough to do look over each and every one). If you have that you worked in your last position from 2015 to 2017, then you have a position listed from 2012 to 2013, then the next position is listed as 2013 to 2015, then I’m already confused and moving on to the next resume.
Not only should you include the dates you were employed and the company, but you should include your position and responsibilities. I see so many Indeed applications that say the company and dates of employment, but not the position; or the position without any responsibilities or details. If you put on your resume that you worked in Customer Service at Sears, that doesn’t give me much information. There are numerous customer service positions at Sears. Were you working in their call center, running a cash register, processing returns? You need to be specific here.
Unless you’ve worked at a church or have done some significant volunteer work at a church, then you should not include any religious information on your resume. Do not list the church that you attend. HR professionals are very aware today of inclusion in the workplace and non-discrimination. If you can’t separate your resume and religion it gives the impression that you would have difficulty in the workplace when it comes to working with others of different religions and backgrounds.
Ok guys, if you are over the age of 18 you need to have an email address that’s basically your name (and maybe some numbers) @gmail.com or a similarly reputable site. Recruiters will not bother calling or emailing you when your email address is BigStripperNY@xyz.com. Do yourself a favor and set up a professional sounding email and update your resume asap!
If you need more help with your resume, be sure to check out my free resume template. And once you’re ready to prepare for the interview itself, be sure to read my post on what recruiters say and what they really mean.
Did you find any of these mistakes on your resume? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Have any you’d like to add to the list?