Resume Mistakes

  • How To Keep Your Resume Out Of The Scrap Pile

    How To Keep Your Resume Out Of The Scrap Pile

    Avoid these common mistakes

    Biggest resume mistakes you don't know you're making – but may prevent you from landing an interview. Continue Reading

  • The Best (And Worst) Words To Have On Your Resume

    The Best (And Worst) Words To Have On Your Resume

    You don't want to make HR cringe

    Your words are your first impression to a hiring manager. Use them wisely. Continue Reading

  • Common Job Application Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

    Common Job Application Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

    Build a solid application from resume to cover letter

    You want to be the job candidate that stands out for his skills, not his bad jokes and weird resume paper. Continue Reading

  • 7 Outrageous Things People Actually Put On Their Resumes

    7 Outrageous Things People Actually Put On Their Resumes

    Creative or just plain bizarre?

    These people thought they were being creative, but they just came across as strange or gross. Continue Reading

  • Hiring Managers Reveal 12 Worst Resume Mistakes

    Hiring Managers Reveal 12 Worst Resume Mistakes

    Learn from these real-life blunders.

    CareerBuilder recently surveyed hiring managers, asking them to share the most memorable and unusual applications they've received. Continue Reading

  • This Resume With Errors Led To A Job Of A Lifetime

    This Resume With Errors Led To A Job Of A Lifetime

    Career and job-search experts often caution job seekers to proof their resumes and make sure there aren't any typos. But recently, Marco Arment (pictured, right, at a laptop), who was Tumblr founder David Karp's first hire, posted to his blog the resume that he used back in 2006 to get a job at the microblogging... Continue Reading

  • Taco Bell Receives Amazing Application

    Taco Bell Receives Amazing Application

    A sense of humor can serve you well in many situations. A job application, however, may not be one of them. That apparently did not deter one prospective Taco Bell employee when filling out his application -- and his application immediately prompted a debate online as to what his true motive was. According to... Continue Reading

  • Cover Letter Mistakes That Will Kill Your Chances

    Cover Letter Mistakes That Will Kill Your Chances

    Face facts: Some people will never read your cover letter. The rest of the people may trash your resume if it does not include a cover letter. Others will value the cover letter over all other application materials. Since you can't know for sure which type of employer or recruiter will receive and review your... Continue Reading

  • Avoid These Dangerous Resume Mistakes

    Avoid These Dangerous Resume Mistakes

    You can design your resume to appear modern and appropriate for today's job search, but it is equally important to include relevant content to appeal to the hiring manager. Most companies today are using a computerized system (known as an applicant tracking system, or ATS) to evaluate your materials; this... Continue Reading

  • Incredibly Dumb Resume Mistakes That Hiring Managers Hate

    Incredibly Dumb Resume Mistakes That Hiring Managers Hate

    Any career expert will tell you that resume customization is key to standing out in a job search. You need to include key details that will spark the hiring manager's curiosity and make her want to take a second look. However, divulging such personal information as your ties to the mob? Not a good idea. Continue Reading

  • 4 Hidden Resume Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

    4 Hidden Resume Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

    Most 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. Continue Reading

  • What Not To Put On Your Resume

    What Not To Put On Your Resume

    By Kelly Eggers According to a 2010 Accountemps survey, 28% of executives say the resume is where most job seekers make mistakes in the application process. But what exactly constitutes a mistake? We talked with career coaches and resume writers to find ten gaffes that will guarantee that your resume never... Continue Reading

  • 5 Silly Resume Mistakes That Cost You The Job

    5 Silly Resume Mistakes That Cost You The Job

    By Sean Weinberg Everyone has had that "Oh, shoot!" moment. Whether it was when you dropped that carton of eggs or forgot the index cards with your wedding vows on them, all you can even think or say is "Oh, shoot!" Your job search probably has a few of those moments sprinkled throughout as well. We're all... Continue Reading

  • Eight Commonly Asked Questions

    Eight Commonly Asked Questions

    Many of the questions from our AOL Jobs readers focus on resume writing. Here's a roundup of some of the most commonly asked. 1. What's the best style: chronological or functional? Most recruiters and hiring managers prefer a chronological format. Omitting your work history and just showcasing functional... Continue Reading

  • 15 Words You Should Replace on Your Resume

    15 Words You Should Replace on Your Resume

    The list of personal attributes that job seekers place on their resume to convey their value proposition is endless. Almost every resume I read is full of words that suggest the person is someone worthy of a spot on the team, yet few of them explain what they have actually done in their place of work to prove... Continue Reading

  • Five Characteristics of an Outdated Resume

    Five Characteristics of an Outdated Resume

    I constantly come across the same five outdated resume-writing methods, which keep getting passed down from generation to generation of job seekers. It's time to break the cycle and dispel some common resume-writing myths once and for all. Continue Reading

  • One Typo You Should Have on Your Resume

    One Typo You Should Have on Your Resume

    I've frequently received mail from readers infuriated by the fact that many job seekers and career professionals write the word resume rather than résumé with the accent marks over the two "e's." The grammar police can be seen out in full force on some occasions, and some people seem to revel in... Continue Reading

  • Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    For many, spring is a time of career renewal. Maybe it's the weather; maybe it's the fact that many people have just received their payout for last year's bonus and they are now ready to make a move. Whatever the reason, many people decide to spring clean their resume this time of year and embark on a job... Continue Reading

  • Five Resume Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

    Five Resume Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

    Hiring managers may have to sift through hundreds of resumes before they find the person they want to call in for the interview. So many resumes I see would get passed over quickly by a hiring manager simply because they are too difficult to read. Here are five resume formatting mistakes to avoid. Continue Reading

  • Did Someone Really Write That?

    Did Someone Really Write That?

    Resumes are frequently used to make a first impression on hiring managers. Yet many job seekers are making mistakes on their resumes that are leading to a flat first impression. Here are some examples of resume content that falls flat, confuses, or amuses the reader -- all at the expense of the candidate. Continue Reading

  • The No. 1 Resume Mistake and How to Fix It

    The No. 1 Resume Mistake and How to Fix It

    Frequently, AOL readers ask me to review their resumes. Nine times out of 10, their resume suffers from the same problem. The No. 1 mistake made on resumes is writing only about job tasks and never writing about what was achieved in each position. When your resume lands on a hiring manager's desk, he may... Continue Reading

  • How to Fix Funky Resume Formatting

    How to Fix Funky Resume Formatting

    Poor formatting on a resume can make the document difficult to read. Since most hiring authorities only spend about 15-30 seconds reviewing a resume, it is important to make the document as "user friendly" as possible to improve the chances of piquing the hiring manager's interest. Below are three common... Continue Reading

  • Does This Resume Make Me Look Fat?

    Does This Resume Make Me Look Fat?

    Most job seekers I meet have some sort of "special circumstance" or blemish on their resume that they feel makes them unattractive to a hiring manager. For some, it's accounting for the dot-com they worked for that went bust after nine months or the year they took off from work to care for an aging parent or... Continue Reading

  • Three Major Missteps That Could Jeopardize Your Job Search

    Three Major Missteps That Could Jeopardize Your Job Search

    Someone reached out to me today, frustrated that he had applied to multiple job postings with limited results. When this occurs, the knee-jerk reaction is to blame the resume for the lack of responses, but the résumé is only effective if you have a strong search strategy to accompany the... Continue Reading

  • Are You Sabotaging Your Career?

    Are You Sabotaging Your Career?

    Everyone wants a good job, but few people take the time to manage and nurture their career -- and some even end up sabotaging their careers due to poor choices or inactivity. Now's a good time to do a self audit on what you do and do not do to manage your career effectively and decide where some improvements... Continue Reading

  • Résumé Mistakes to Avoid

    Résumé Mistakes to Avoid

    With resumes outrunning job postings by literally several hundred to one, employers don't have to be very forgiving of resume mistakes, and they're not. These days, it's one strike and you're out. Continue Reading

  • Five Quick Ways to Get Your Resume Tossed in the

    Five Quick Ways to Get Your Resume Tossed in the "No" Pile

    Submitting a resume to a recruiter or hiring manager is often the first step in building a relationship with an employer. Job seekers make decisions about what to add and omit from their resume in an effort to put their best foot forward and land an interview. But frequently, job seekers adopt a writing... Continue Reading

  • 10 Vital Resume Fixes

    10 Vital Resume Fixes

    CareerBuilder.com You've been told enough times that your resume needs to be void of any typographical or grammatical errors that it's one area that you are actually confident about in your job search. Why, then, aren't you getting any response from the hundreds of resumes you have floating around in the... Continue Reading