4 Hidden Resume Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

resume mistakes errorsMost employers will tell you that job seekers routinely make obvious, painful errors on their resumes that cost them the job. And while there are online tools that will help you avoid making some of these mistakes, such as punctuation errors, most tools won't catch these four major blunders.

Subjective Text:

When you fill your resume with lavish self-praise, like "dedicated self-starter," "exceptional communication skills," and "hard-working professional," you're just stating your own opinion. This kind of language is like nails on a chalkboard to recruiters. Why? You're not stating facts. Don't tell them how you see yourself. Prove it by listing quantifiable accomplishments. Let the recruiter decide if you're actually a self-starter.

Too Much Info:

Many people assume they should list everything they have ever done at every job. It makes them feel like they're proving they've got valuable experience. Well, in reality, it detracts from your core message and strengths. Information overload to a recruiter is not a way to stand out. It's actually the fastest way to get in the 'no' pile. That's because, when they see you've listed everything, they look for every single skill they need. And, if even one skill is missing, they assume you don't have it.

The better approach is to simplify the resume to list only the key skills you want to leverage. Then you will be implying that you have a lot more to offer -- but the recruiters need to contact you to find out. Less is more. If the hiring managers like what they see, they'll contact you for a phone screen to get more details. And that's exactly what you want the resume to do: Make the phone ring!

Weak Top-Fold:

The first third of our resume is known as the "top-fold" -- it's where the eye goes when someone sees your resume for the first time. Most studies say a hiring manager's mind is made up about the candidate within six to 13 seconds of reading the resume. Which means the top-fold is determining whether you even get considered for the job. Text-intensive top-folds that aren't well-formatted and don't present key skill sets lose the reader's attention. It's that simple.

Fancy Fonts:

Curly-tailed fonts (aka fancy fonts) are harder to read. That translates into the reader absorbing less of what's been written. When you use script fonts as a way to make your resume look "classier," you are only making it harder for the hiring manager to retain what you are all about. Skip the script font and go with something clean-lined, like Arial or Calibri. While that may look more basic, the hiring manager will at least take in more -- and that can lead to the phone call you want.

Keep in mind: Your resume is your marketing document. Paying attention to these minor details can help you get a better response to your marketing message. Which is: "I'm worth talking to about this job!"

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First thing first, stop being a one clicker; which means stop submitting the same resume to several position. Job hunting is indeed by itself a full-time job. Applying for a job? carefully read the job description and tailor your resume with the responsibilities in that job description because most of the companies are now using ATS which uses automatic keyword filtration. Tailor Tailor Tailor your resume with the exact keywords side by side with the job description; believe me recruiters don't have time to review all 500 to 700 resume for a single job posting. People are so stupid they don't even look at the responsibilities or job requirements and they just blindly apply to it. I would say stop being a 'One Clicker'.

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July 07 2013 at 6:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

another excuse for being "over qualified" would be your too old and you don't have the stamina to do the job.

August 22 2012 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hugo Copeland

I realize that being simple, honest, and positive may be the keys to get a job.

May 08 2012 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick Clark

Arial or Calibri? NO. Use Times. It's the cleanest, most readable font; the serifs draw the eye toward the letter, not from it.

April 27 2012 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I realize that being simple, honest, and positive may be the keys to get a job.

April 23 2012 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have to see in a resume. a professional create your resume. He or she will ask you good questions about your work history and related skills.
I know money is tight, but in the long run you will get a job interview faster. Most professional resume writers know what employers want

April 23 2012 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I went on 2 interviews..one salary wss ridiculous (80 a yr)..my second fetched 120 thou/yr....I
am working here for the fun of it!
Get hired.......dont waste time and mony with B.S, resumes....walk in front door un-announced.....ask for CEO!

April 23 2012 at 3:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Dear America, you need to face reality. our government is now run by the scum of the earth politicians both republican and democrats who receive millions in bribes, kickbacks and campaign donations to help eliminate US jobs. They have ALL been bought off by special interest Global Corporations who want ALL US production eliminated in the US and offshored overseas. The only jobs that are allowed to stay will be retail and restaurant franchises which they can control and reap most the profits from. Other than working for the Government which are cutting jobs, everything else is being eliminated.

The more jobs the politicians eliminate, the more money they make. Why would they want to stop eliminating jobs if it's making them and the filthy rich richer? They don't mind if most of the country has to go on welfare, food stamps and section 8 housing, it's not coming out of their pay.

This is why the ONLY solution is REVOLUTION

April 23 2012 at 2:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I notice when looking for work on line almost all make you go to a website and register before applying. Why not just let you send the resume and cover letter? Because most of the time the job doesn't really exist, they just want your info and email to send you junk mail and other marketing offers like for the trade schools.. You end up wasting 15 to 30 minutes filling out the registration for nothing. Either that or it's a scam to get personal information to steal your identity.

If we didn't have one of the most Goddamn corrupt governments’ on the planet, they would not be able to get away this crap. Goddamn our government is nothing but a stinking cesspool of corruption.

April 23 2012 at 2:49 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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