12 common resume mistakes (and how to fix them)
Writing a resume is not an easy task, no matter how long you've been in the game or how confident you are in your skills and experience. But there are steps you can take to make the process easier and turn your resume into a document that gets noticed for the right reasons.
If your resume isn’t getting the attention you want, there’s a good chance you’ve made at least one of these all-too-common mistakes.
1. Allowing inconsistencies
Even something as seemingly insignificant as your start dates not lining up correctly can raise a red flag for employers.
"Check your dates. You want to make sure that everything is exactly the same, everywhere — on LinkedIn, on your resume, on your employment records — because we can and will check. Another area is your job title. Don't try and fool us with an inflated or different job title than you actually had. Again, this is easily verified," says Frank Dadah, managing director, accounting, finance & administrative contract staffing at WinterWyman.
Fix this mistake: Before you send out your resume, make sure all the information aligns with your LinkedIn profile and employment records.
2. Letting it run long
The standard advice on resume length is to keep it to one or two pages. Entry-level and junior employees will have a resume that’s closer to one page, but as you advance in your career, you’ll have more valuable information to start filling up the second page. A seasoned IT pro might easily fill 3 pages, even after eliminating outdated skills and experience.