10 Major ‘Sins’​ In Resume Writing


The learning gathered by me over years by reading hundreds of Resumes daily and dealing with employers. The employers’ feedback tells me that a well-developed Resume does play a critical role. A critical role in influencing the decision of shortlisting you or not. So it is required that your Resume Writing should be very clear and well-written to attract employers.

10 Mistakes To Avoid While Resume Writing

1] Over 2 Pages:

A Resume has to entice a prospective employer to meet you. It is important to pay attention to all critical saleable points. And condense them into 2 pages without losing the impact.

2] Ignoring The Beginning:

Worldwide research has proven that a prospective recruiter would spend not more than 30 seconds. And during these 30 seconds, the recruiter had decided whether to read the rest of the Resume or not. If the initial content of your Resume is not engaging enough. Then you lose the opportunity of being called for a meeting.

For example, the residence address need not be mentioned at the top of the first page. As it wastes precious space. It should be at the bottom of the 2nd page and there is no need to write the POSTAL address; just city and suburb should suffice).

3] Forgetting YOU:

Most Resumes are typically written in a traditional format. In chronological, functional, and so on. While it remains acceptable, YOU as an individual Brand are lost. You need to write your resume writing in a storytelling format (results and not responsibilities) format using a conversational tone.

4] Words Are ‘COPY-PASTE’:

It is a common experience that it gets difficult to differentiate between the resume of candidate A vs candidate B. So why would a reader be compelled to meet you? So in your resume writing, you should use such language that can relate the connection with the reader’s need (pain point of the job) in.

5] Spelling Errors:

It creates a negative impression about an individual and he/she is perceived to be possessing a careless attitude. It is a big put off. Because it gives a feeling to the reader that this is how the candidate would approach their work. So remember while resume writing that the first impression is the last impression.

6] Outdated Information:

If you have 15 years of work experience. Then there is no need to elaborate on what your achievements were as a college student.

7] Focusing On Job Responsibilities And Not Achievements:

You are going to be hired for what you achieved and not what you were responsible for. So there is no point in elaborating job responsibilities (which is conveyed from your job title). Just a brief one-liner is enough. Then focus on sharing your stories of success.

8] Elaborating Experience Beyond 10 Years:

The environment which we all live in is very dynamic. The employer is interested primarily in knowing about what you learned and are you adaptable? There is no need to get into detailing the success stories of your tenure beyond 10 years. Just snippets are good enough.

9] Tampering With Tenure:

Many times candidates feel that either knocking off a tenure completely or tampering with the period is required as the background was irrelevant. Unless it was just a very short tenure like less than a month, build a story around your lessons learned, and mention it. Because if discovered at a later stage (after you are employed), it becomes unrepairable damage to your credibility which is not worth affecting at any cost.

10] Not Tweaking And Customizing:

As they say, one size does not fit all. Studying the pain point of the prospective employer. And then customizing your Resume adds power to your Resume and makes it compelling for the Recruiter to call you.

Avoid these bloopers and you are well on your way to attend an Interview with your Well-Written Resume writing.

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Happy Job Hunting!!

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