5 Resume Mistakes to Correct ASAP
Since your cover letter and resume are typically the first point of contact that you make with an employer, resume mistakes can make or break it for you when it comes to being offered an interview by a potential employer.
Let’s take a look at your resume together and make sure it’s polished up before you start submitting it with your job applications. Here’s a list of five mistakes you should be looking for as you proofread and update your resume.
- Is your contact information correct?
This might seem like a ridiculous question, but the ways that we can be reached are constantly changing. Make sure your email address and phone number are as current as possible. Any time you’re getting ready to submit your resume, quadruple check your contact information to make sure that potential employers can contact you.
- Fix those grammatical & spelling errors!
Grammar, typos, and word usage errors are seen as red flags as employers are reading through your resume. These errors can be extrapolated by employers as indicators of the quality of work you produce and the amount of effort and attention to detail that you put into your work. Get a dictionary, a thesaurus, and an American English grammar book and fix those errors
- Nix the personal pronouns.
Your resume is a technical writing work. As a general rule, first person pronouns are rejected in technical writing. In this case it makes sense. Your resume is about you, your experiences, and what you’ve accomplished. Eliminating personal pronouns will help condense your writing style so that it’s more succinct, to the point, and visually appealing.
- To keep your GPA or to ditch your GPA.
If you haven’t stepped foot on a campus for academic purposes in over 3 years, go ahead and remove that GPA. It’s no longer relevant as employers will be looking at your actual work experience rather than at how proficient you were at taking and passing exams. To the recent grads, leave your GPA on your resume for a few years after you’ve graduated. Why do employers want to see your GPA? They use it as an indicator of your work ethic and your ability to acquire knowledge and skills until you’ve got some work experience under your belt that demonstrates how you bring value to your employers.
- Soft skills are equally as important as technical skills.
While it’s important highlight your technical skills such as being proficient in the word processor, spreadsheet, or CAD softwares, don’t neglect to call attention to the soft skills you’ve developed. All of us will be interacting with other people on a daily basis, so let your employer know that you’ve got people skills like being a team player, that you’re good at negotiating, that you enjoy building relationships. It adds a level of humanity and personality to your resume.
If you want a second opinion of your resume, contact a recruiter at TriMech Services for feedback that will raise the caliber of your resume!