6 Resume mistakes that are too common!

You have a very little time to impress a recruiter with your resume. So the last thing you would want to do is make an easily avoidable mistake. Although there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect resume’, but a resume must have a targeted approach. A resume that portrays you as the best solution to company’s requirements, is said to be the best.

However, there are some common mistakes that would land your resume in the trash. ACADZONE has listed some of the worst but common resume mistakes – beyond grammatical errors.

1.      It’s too long.

Spend a few seconds looking at your resume. Do you feel it’s long and difficult to look into?
The longer your resume is, the harder it will be for recruiters to scan it. An appropriate length is one to two pages.

2.      Using an inappropriate email address.

Email is the preferred form of communication in today’s workplace. Therefore, having an appropriate email address becomes a must. Email addresses beyond a slight variation of your name, such as “cutegirl@hotmail.com”, should be strictly avoided.

3.       Writing objective instead of a Professional Synopsis.

Objectives are clichéd and unhelpful. It is considered a waste of space to include them on your resume. Instead, replace the objective with a professional synopsis where you explain who you are and what have your achievements been.

4.      Using weird fonts and colours.

Stick to black and white colour and basic fonts, such as Arial, Tahoma or Calibri.

5.      Usage of reverse chronology.

Recruiters are interested in knowing what you’ve been doing in recent years and if that is related to the position you’re applying for.

6.      Including irrelevant information.

If you work at a small company/start up, and you do a little bit of everything, then you need to think carefully about the responsibilities and accomplishments you’ve had which are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Don’t include everything you’ve done in your current organisation.

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