5 Deadly Mistakes People Make on Their Résumés

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One of the things most people don’t learn in school is how to put together a good résumé. Our CV is such an essential and useful tool to present ourselves to potential employers and, in turn, get a job. Yet, most people don’t really know what should and shouldn’t be on their résumés. In many cases, people add information that they may consider relevant or necessary, but it turns out not to be.

Most HR workers or recruiters spend about ten seconds looking at a résumé before deciding if it’s worth their time or not. If a résumé looks overloaded with information and messy, they will probably discard them. In the hopes of shedding some light on the matter, here are five deadly mistakes people make that can cost them a potential job:

1. Unrelated job experience: If you’re applying for a job in a bank, chances are your employer doesn’t care much about your time working as a lifeguard or flipping burgers at your local restaurant. In this case, the only previous job experience you need to mention is the one related to organization and handling of money.
Try to avoid putting anything that will not help your case as a good worker and only stick to what will actually be useful.

2. Too much personal information: Things like your marital status, religion, blood type, allergies, or even your Social Insurance Number are things that definitely shouldn’t appear on your résumé. In most countries, it is actually illegal for employers to ask a potential employee for that information before they hire you, so don’t waste precious space on that.
Your hobbies, what you do on your spare time, and your social media information, with the exception of LinkedIn, are also irrelevant for your résumé. It is very unlikely that your employer will care about what you do on your free time, so don’t bother writing them down.

3. Unnecessary decorations and add-ons: You surely want to make your résumé stand out among the rest, but you also don’t want to go overboard with it. Too many colours, pretty margins, vignettes, and fancy fonts make it look too informal and messy. It is likely that possible employers will discard it rather than taking the time to read the information buried under all the things on the paper.
Make your résumé stand out by making it simple, easy to read, and well organized.

4. A photo of yourself: Most people think it makes their résumé look professional, but unless you’re a performer or an artist, your physical appearance won’t have anything to do with the way you perform a certain job. Let your previous experience and achievements speak for you, not your face.
Maybe this trend will become mandatory in the future, but, for now, it’s just a waste of valuable space in your résumé.

5. Jobs you had for a short time: Don’t include any job where you lasted less than six months or a year, especially if you were fired or if you quit because you didn’t like it. Many employers will call your previous workplaces to get professional references and an idea of how you work; you don’t want them to know that you were actually fired. Besides, adding too many short-term jobs makes it look like you can’t keep a job for too long.

Try to keep these tips in mind next time you apply for a job. Remember that every time you do, you should adapt your current résumé in order to meet your future employer’s expectations. Good luck out there!

Edu Rojas/NEUVOO
Content Marketing Editor