6 Tips to Avoid Resume Mistakes That Could Cost You the Job

Misused words, misspellings and grammatical errors, oh my! Even in an era of typo-ridden texts and tweets, making a goof on your resume can still prove costly. According to a recent Accountemps survey, 63 percent of senior managers said just one or two resume mistakes would eliminate an applicant from consideration for a job. See the full survey results in the infographic below.

The following real-life resume blunders collected by Robert Half, parent company of Accountemps, serve as cautionary tales of what not to do when applying for a job.

  • “My last employer fried me for no reason.”
  • “I am graduating this Maybe.”
  • “Referees available upon request.”
  • “Objective: To secure a challenging position and accell in the accounting industry.”
  • “Work experience: academic tudor.”
  • “Earned a diploma from a very repudiated college.”

(Find more amusing resume mistakes and submit your own Resumania™ examples on Robert Half’s Resumania™ blog.)

To help you avoid making errors in your application materials, follow these six tips:

  1. Get feedback from others. Ask detail-oriented family members, friends or mentors to proofread your resume and provide an honest critique.
  2. Print it out. It’s easy to overlook typos or formatting mistakes when reading a resume on a computer screen, so print it out for review. Read it slowly and pay close attention to font styles and sizes, in addition to spelling and grammar.
  3. Take a break. Before submitting your resume, take a time out and come back to it with a fresh set of eyes. You might catch something you missed the first time.
  4. Read it backward. Sometimes readers inadvertently skip over parts they have read previously. Review your resume backward to help avoid this problem and focus on individual words.
  5. Read it aloud. Your ears might catch errors your eyes have overlooked.
  6. Be cautious with mobile devices. Pay close attention when submitting job application materials through your smartphone, as you might miss mistakes or formatting issues.

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