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5 Resume Mistakes You MUST Avoid (with real examples)!



Published May 14, 2023, 7:20 p.m. by Bethany


The job market is more competitive than ever, which means that your resume needs to be top-notch if you want to land a good job. However, many job seekers make common mistakes that can hurt their chances of getting an interview, let alone a job offer.

Here are five resume mistakes you must avoid:

1. Resume length

One common mistake job seekers make is making their resumes too long. Hiring managers and recruiters are busy people and they don’t have time to read through a 10-page resume. Keep your resume to a maximum of two pages and only include the most relevant information.

2. Typos and grammar errors

Another mistake that can cost you an interview is typos and grammar errors in your resume. This shows a lack of attention to detail and can make you look unprofessional. Always proofread your resume before sending it off to potential employers.

3. Outdated information

If your resume is full of outdated information, it’s time for an update. Make sure to include your most recent experience and remove any outdated skills or job descriptions.

4. Inconsistent formatting

Your resume should be easy to read and should have a consistent format throughout. Inconsistent formatting can make your resume look unprofessional and can be off-putting to hiring managers.

5. Lack of keywords

In today’s digital world, many employers use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen resumes. These systems scan resumes for specific keywords and if your resume doesn’t include the right keywords, it may not get past the ATS. Research the job you’re applying for and include relevant keywords in your resume.

By avoiding these common resume mistakes, you’ll improve your chances of landing an interview and getting the job you want.

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all right so when I was applying to my

first full-time job I sent out a total

of 367 cold emails received 21 first

round interviews and ended up with five

full-time job offers but what those

numbers do not show is that most of

those interviews only came after I

started doing two things first

networking my butt off with alumni

recruiters and hiring managers and

second editing my resume based on their

feedback so in this video I'll First

share the five biggest resume mistakes I

made back in the day then go through the

changes that land and meet all those

first round interviews let's get started

hi friends welcome back to channel if

you're new here my name is Jeff Comfort

the career tips and stay for the

painfully accurate job search memes

mistake number one putting the education

section above the work experience

section while I am still extremely proud

of my GP and SAT score recruiters and

hiring managers know that any sort of

work experience including internships or

extracurricular activities translate

much better to on the job for

performance and this is because when

written correctly the bullet points on

your resume help them visualize your

ability to do the job they're hiring for

let's imagine a hiring manager starts to

scan down my bad resume she sees my GPA

the classes that I took my High School

honor roll realizes none of that is

relevant just to wasted 30 seconds of

her life and she moves on to the next

applicant now imagine she opens up a

resume and sees immediately I've worked

on finance transformation and supply

chain projects she thinks okay this

candidate has some industry knowledge

and can probably present to clients he

actually might be a good fit for this

project we're currently short staffed on

and she reads on even if I only had my

first summer internship available she

would know at least I have worked in a

finance department before and I have

basic Excel skills oh and I probably

should have mentioned this sooner but

I've linked the PDF versions of the two

resumes for free and down below so feel

free to reference them when updating

your own resume mistake number two not

showing impact if you take a quick look

at my original KPMG example assisted

with project governance presented to a

banking client help with project

research you'll notice something awkward

I use all these fancy over complicated

words but you still don't know the

implication of those actions compare

this with the updated version of the

same bullet point even though I start

off basically the same way you can

clearly see the result of my

contributions the banking client

successfully opened a branch in the

local market this is the difference

between just saying fluffy buzzwords and

actually showing impact I can't stress

this enough and hey don't just take my

word for it big name career coaches like

Austin belsack and Adam Broda reiterate

this all the time you need to

communicate what you accomplished and

even Ali abdall someone we don't

normally associate with being

professional or businessy right he says

so this is a bunch of buzzwords that is

not substantiated by anything at all and

at this point many of you might fall

into the Trap of mistake number three

failing to include meaningful metrics

and the reason I know is from all the

comments in my original resume video

this one sums out what many of you might

be thinking how do you show metrics when

you're new or you don't have impressive

metrics from your internship or this one

how do I quantify work achievements I'm

at a startup where data points are not

established yet not sure how to State

metrics while staying authentic and the

short answer is that recruiters and

hiring managers care much more about the

effort you put into quantifying your

impact rather than the actual numbers

themselves for example when I apply to

my first ever internship I literally

wrote my presentation scored 23 higher

than the class average that seems

insignificant right yes but it also

shows I knew the success metric of the

presentation the score and I took the

extra step to Benchmark my performance

to that of my peers Pro tip a foolproof

way to quantify your impact is to keep

asking yourself so what taking my SAT

tutoring experience as an example I

might have started off with taught sat

during my summer break in college okay

so what the average increase in my

students SAT scores was 280 points so

what seven out of the eight seniors got

accepted into their first choice

colleges impact to really drive this

point home because it's so important

here's an extreme example it's much

better to write delivered on average

nine coffees a day with 100 accuracy on

all orders for three months then I fetch

coffee for senior Associates during my

summer internship mistake number four is

a tough one for me to admit because I

remember being very defensive when I got

this feedback and that is not tailoring

my resume for each job application I

mean back then I applied to over 50 jobs

and I was lazy I wasn't going to create

50 versions of the same resume but the

present more mature me would tell you

two things first the workload isn't that

bad if you focus your attention on three

to five roles which you should be doing

anyways because the apply to everything

approach doesn't work well in today's

job market so why not invest more time

in the quality of your application

rather than the quantity second for a

similar set of roles you can copy and

paste those job descriptions into

workload generator to easily identify

relevant skills the recruiter might be

looking for and add those keywords into

your resume this is a very easy way to

tailor your resume for different roles

and I go through step-by-step

instructions in my original resume video

so I'll link that down below Pro tip

this is the biggest difference between

your LinkedIn profile and your resume

your LinkedIn should give a more General

overview of who you are professionally

and shouldn't change all that much

whereas your resume should be more hyper

targeted for each application mistake

number five is overlooking the small

things and to show you what I mean take

a look at this part of my original

resume pause the video and see if you

can spot the mistake these two hyphens

are formatted differently did you notice

some of you might already be rolling

your eyes right now but believe me when

I tell you first impressions matter and

while perfect formatting won't guarantee

you the interview easily avoidable

errors like this can be a red flag again

don't just take my word for it or the

word of those corporate LinkedIn career

gurus here's Ali abdall again a bunch of

spelling and grammar are issues there

like this is really obvious stuff so

whether you're applying for a role in a

traditional Corporation or a fun and

chill startup small things matter that's

what he said nope that was inappropriate

sorry about that a simple way to catch

these mistakes is to send your resume to

10 people you know and get their

feedback or at the very least use a tool

like grammarly or even autocorrect in

Google Docs alright once you've updated

that resume make sure to check out this

video on how to write an effective cover

letter to maximize your chances for a

first round interview see you in the

next video in the meantime

have a great one

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