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Resume Mistakes to Avoid

When you submit your resume, you look forward to getting called for an interview. However, many candidates make mistakes when creating their resumes, putting them out of contention before the interview process starts. Revision Resume will ensure the resume we provide for you is free from these common errors:

Not Following Current Resume Guidelines

Years ago it was common to include an 'Objective Statement' and 'References Available Upon Request' on your resume. Now those are both frowned upon. In fact, one recruiter indicated that he discarded 90% of resumes with an 'Objective Statement' before reading any further.

You want to submit a resume that meets the current resume format standards. Using an outdated format or old guidelines may leave you out of contention for an interview even though you are qualified for the job.

Using the Same Resume for Multiple Job Postings

99% of Fortune 500 companies use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to sort and organize resumes that are submitted for job applications. Using the same resume for multiple jobs means you are not making sure keywords from the job posting are incorporated in your resume, and it makes it more likely your resume will be discarded early in the process. In addition, recruiters and HR hiring managers want you to make an effort, demonstrating that you are interested in the position. If you are using a generic resume, it is obvious you aren't putting in any time, which gives the impression you aren't really trying for the job.


Being dishonest on your resume is a huge red flag for anyone considering you for a job. "Dishonesty" isn't on anyone's hiring list! If you think you will get away with being dishonest on your resume, think again. It is likely to be discovered either during the interview or when your references are contacted. A resume must be both a persuasive document to show an employer why they should hire you, as well as an honest reflection of you.

Lack of Detail and Action Verbs

Recruiters and HR managers aren't looking for someone that 'helped' with a project or 'worked' with the team. They are looking for someone who 'managed' or 'led'. They also want to see details such as 'increased sales by 25%' or 'implemented a $50,000 cost savings'. Try to include measurable results and action verbs on your resume.

Grammatical Errors

The person reviewing your resume will be looking for an error-free document. They will expect that you put forth the effort to thoroughly proofread and make corrections resulting in a perfect resume. If they find grammatical errors or other mistakes, they may wonder about your attention to detail, and it may also reflect poorly on your written communication skills. Worst of all, when choosing between multiple resumes, it is likely the one with uncorrected mistakes will be passed over. Therefore, it is worthwhile to spend time revising and re-writing your resume.

To earn the interview, you must provide an error-free resume utilizing the best resume format. Avoiding mistakes like grammatical errors may be obvious, but many job seekers don't realize they are not following current resume standards. Others don't know they need to optimize their resume to get past the ATS. These mistakes will also result in a resume being discarded before the job-seeker is called in for an interview.

To avoid having errors on your resume that prevent you from moving on in the job application process, contact us at Revision Resume. We pride ourselves on providing you with a professionally written, edited and formatted resume.

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