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The Six Deadly Sins of Resume Writing

Just as a fisherman needs to use the ideal bait to attract that big fish; as a job applicant, you need to use the proper resume to land big jobs. To make yours the best it can be and avoid falling into these traps, here are six of the biggest mistakes people make on their CV:

  • Lying and padding

It is not a surprise that your resume needs to be straightforward and truthful about your accomplishments and experiences. However, given that this is a list of deadly sins, this point shouldn’t be overlooked. A study from Career Builder showed that over 75% of recruiters have found a lie on a resume.

Avoid the temptation to round up your grades, pad the outcomes of your projects or over-sell your job responsibilities. It’s common for HR personnel to fact-check your resume, and also, you can expect inquiries during the interview that will undoubtedly dig into your experience. If they realize that you have not been sincere, you’re unlikely to be in the running for the job.

  • Typos and poor formatting

This should be obvious, but it is still one of the most typical blunders on a job seeker’s resume. Double and triple check, and afterward, have somebody else proofread it for you. This is the simplest of the sins you should avoid on your resume.

Today’s word-processing software applications allow nearly any individual to become a pro at publishing. Most importantly, you want your resume to be legible. Keep the formatting simple and clear, and make sure your CV is easily scannable. Perhaps email it to a close friend to make sure that the format you used is retained when the document is sent online.


  • Job experience that is not relevant to the job you are applying

Everyone is proud of their professional life, which is normal. However, there comes a time when you have to be fierce with your past and cut out anything irrelevant to the branded image you are trying to develop with your resume.

A general guideline is to stick to the most recent 15 years of experience. For example, if you opt for an upper-level management position, you do not need to include your time in the sales department 20 years earlier when you first left university.

  • Dull bullets

When some people send a resume, their work history looks as if it was extracted from their job summary. That is what many inexperienced resume writers do. If you are among them, do not stress. It is a common mistake, but it needs to be dealt with.

Instead of just having a list of your work needs, concentrate on what you have accomplished. Sales numbers, quotas reached, budgets balanced, and clients signed are essential points that will make you stand out from other applicants. Bear in mind the key is to sell yourself.

  • Having a resume without a mission statement

The purpose of the resume is missed when it doesn’t have a mission statement. This is the first area of your resume after the heading, where you can create a dynamic headline and description of your area of expertise. This will put the reader in an excellent position to read more and see how fit you are for the job.


  • Overlooking or not including your correct contact information

Time and time again, I see many resumes that don’t include an email or phone number or that contain errors in the contact details. Having the wrong contact information doesn’t make a good impression on potential employers. Always include your full name, telephone number, and a professional-sounding e-mail address.


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