Resume Pitfalls to Avoid

Are resume mistakes getting you down?  Our tenured staff in Atlanta have seen it all, and we’ve come up with a list of our top four resume pitfalls that you’ll want to avoid if you want to get a request for an interview.

Misspellings and grammatical errors – Unfortunately, misspellings and grammatical errors are the quickest way to eliminate yourself from the candidate pile.  Read and re-read your resume. One trick here is to read your resume out loud, as sometimes hearing mistakes is easier than seeing them. Definitely use spell check, but don’t rely on it 100 percent, as spell check can lead to grammatical errors.

Fancy fonts or word art – Hiring managers often have hundreds of resumes to review. Don’t make it harder for them to understand your past experience and accomplishments. Aim to make your resume as clear cut and understandable as possible.

Private details – What you leave out of your resume is just as important as what you include.  Leave out information that your employer does not need to know, such as: race, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, etc. Also, do not include your personal life story in narrative form. According to Lauren Narworld, OfficeTeam Senior Staffing Manager, “I don’t like a lot of unnecessary personal information. Save that for the interview, if you must bring it up.”

Unprofessional email address – While [email protected] might have been appropriate in college, it does distract in the professional world.  Consider opening an email account just for job searching, following a professional format such as [email protected].

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