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10 Unforgivable Mistakes You Should Never Make In Your Resume

Did it happen that you uploaded your newly created resume on job portals and you have been waiting for calls from recruiters but you are not getting any opportunities?

If yes, then it might be these biggest resume mistakes you made in your resume that are costing you the job opportunities.

In today's competitive job market, you must have a perfect resume.

As recruiters are getting thousands of job applications for the job opportunity that they might have advertised, to weed out unwanted applications they look at the resume to find deal-breakers.

Resume Mistakes

In fact, the recruiter never spends more than a minute on any resume. The decision to consider the resume or discard it is taken very quickly.

I have worked as a recruiter in a company for almost four years and I admit that I have done this as a part of my role.

So what are resume mistakes that recruiters look for when assessing resumes?

Today I would share what are the most common resume mistakes that recruiters look for in the resume and that might negatively impact your job hunt.

First things first:


1. Unprofessional Email Address


It's beneficial to have an email address that reflects who you are rather than some imagined avatar. 

Do you remember fancy email usernames like cool-guy or hottie-girl? These actually look funny and unprofessional. The moment recruiter finds such email addresses on a resume, your resume turns into something that is to be disposed of.

The email address used on your resume should have your name. An ideal email address should have your first name and the second name without any gibberish characters.


2. Spelling and Grammatical Errors

The next important point you should ensure before you publish your resume is to thoroughly check it for spelling and grammatical errors. Even errors such as missing space in between a word when it is required or adding a space when it is not required can cause you to lose the opportunity. Possibly, any sort of typo on the resume can hamper the chances of your resume getting shortlisted.

If possible ask someone to read your resume. It could help in finding out these common mistakes in resume writing. You could also use tools like Grammarly to correct spelling and grammatical errors.

In a recent study conducted by Talent Inc, spelling snd grammatical errors constitute the biggest deal-breaker among 79% of the recruiters.

Common Resume Mistakes


3. Chronological Errors and Not mentioning Work Experience first

If you are a fresher you would mention your educational qualifications first as you won't have much to display as experience. But if you are applying for intermediate level or above, it is important to mention your work experience first.

It is also expected that you mention your work experience in chronological order from the most recent one mentioned first. 

You should also clearly mention the dates you worked in with each company in the past which are now part of your work experience. Any discrepancy will invalidate your resume.


4. Too many irrelevant details

If the details you have mentioned are generic and not matching with the job you have applied for, the details might be considered irrelevant. A recruiter could easily gauge this irrelevancy basis his or her experience in the field.

Every job application does not necessitate a complete revamp of your resume. You will, however, need to adjust your resume to match each job you apply for. 

People boosting their qualifications with fancy jargon is one of the worst blunders I've seen in today's resumes. 

If there are so many irrelevant details in the resume that the recruiter might find unconvincing then he or she may discard your resume.


5. Failure to demonstrate and quantify results

A recruiter wants the achievements you made in your previous positions but when you boast about increasing sales or improving performance, most of the recruiters would not be convinced without any substantiated evidence. 

Therefore, if possible, include numbers, statistics and back it up with real data and an explanation of how you got there.

Avoid mention fake details on your resume. When sending their résumé by email, it's simple for a candidate to provide fake details. The interview process, on the other hand, can reveal such lies, particularly if the candidate is unwilling to speak in detail about the items they've lied about.

In today's world, most of the recruiters use software to screen resume and some even maintain records which are shared within the industry.

If the lie you told was particularly severe, you might discover that it has traveled beyond the confines of the prospective employer's office. 

Additionally, if you deal with a third-party recruiting firm, there's a high chance they'll sever ties with you.


6. Using repetitive words in resume

You must use action-oriented words in your resume. But that does not mean you should use the same words again and again. 

Skills on Resume


When a recruiter repeatedly gets to see the same words, it gives the impression that you didn't put out the effort to use different action-oriented terms. Using the same words again and again also kills the credibility of your resume.

Make sure you use action words but don't overuse them repeat them unnecessarily.


7. Including a photo or headshot

Usually, this is not required because once your resume is selected you will personally attend the interview. 

A recruiter might ask for passport size photos for their database records when your resume is shortlisted and you would be attending the interview.

As per BalanceCareers.com, incorporating a link to your LinkedIn profile on your resume is a safe and acceptable technique to highlight your appearance if you believe it would be an asset for your desired job. 

LinkedIn profiles frequently include a photo and are commonly used by both candidates and recruiters in their job searches.


8. Resume has inappropriate design

The resume should not be too elaborate. You should only include details that are required. Nothing less nothing more. 

If possible stick to the best resume format that has a simple and elegant design, use a legible font. 

Recruiters should be able to find the information they need quickly from your resume. If it's hard to locate the right information they want, they would likely discard your resume and look at the next one and you will lose the opportunity.

Another important point to note, apart from the headings and titles, you should use bold font for the details that are relevant for the recruiters. For example, usually, you should the positions you have held in previous organizations in bold font. That is more relevant for recruiters than the company you have worked for.


9. Not limiting resume to two pages

Nobody is interested in reading a biography when at the most anyone wants to know about you is your professional details. 

Your resume should have all the relevant details on one page unless you have more than seven years of experience. In which case, you might have more relevant information to mention on the resume.

In any case, the resume should not exceed two pages.


10. Not using professional summary

Objective statements on resumes are a thing of the past. If you use one, it shows that you're not up to date on current resume trends. Instead of an objective statement, utilize a professional summary in the box below your name. 

Write two to four sentences that sound like an elevator pitch and explain what you can perform for the firm should be included in your professional overview or summary.

Common Resume Mistakes


Avoid these 10 unforgivable mistakes in your resume and you should see recruiters reaching with opportunities. In today's competitive world, it is very important to have a perfect resume that works. 

Tell us your views about which of the resume tips worked for you in the comments below.

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