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Resume Red Flags that you Should Avoid

Prospective employers may spend as low as five seconds looking at your resume to assess your abilities and match them to their job opening. In those seconds they do not read every word on your resume. Instead, they look at the overall format and how easy it is to read. Does your resume contain the relevant information to their field? Do the first bullets of your resume match their job opening. If these things do not meet their criteria, they will move your resume into the bad pile. Resumes in this pile are those that will not be read completely and not looked at again. Below are resume red flags that you should avoid.

Inappropriate Format

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Never write your resume in complete sentences. There is a format to write a resume which is different fromĀ otherĀ genres of writing. Your resume must be written in a manner that anybody who picks up and looks at it will know it is a resume. Utilize effective formats and common language in your field to indicate your knowledge in a manner that is recognizable immediately as a resume.

Resume Written in Third Person

Resumes should not be written in the third person. You need to use the first person and select the present or past tense to showcase vital and relevant information to the employer goals. Resumes written in the third person do not have the dynamic impact of a one written in the first person.

Lack of Eye Appeal

If your resume is not appealing to the eye, you will immediately turn off the prospective reader. Nobody wants to read a resume which is formatted with tiny fonts with no white spaces. White space allows the eyes to rest between reading and absorbing the content. It also acts a clue to important information the employer needs to read with care.

Also, resumes with too much white space will make it look as though you have no relevant skills or experience to offer the employer. Keep your resume clean and readable while filling the space.

Inappropriate Length

resumeRecruiters and employers are busy people and expect to read a given amount of content depending on the kind of job for which they are hiring. For instance, they do not want to read a five-page resume from a new graduate with no experience. The appropriate length for resumes is based on the depth of experience, current job goals, and knowledge. A new college graduate cannot have the same resume as an experienced executive.

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar

Such kinds of mistakes can get even the most qualified candidate’s resume thrown into the bad piles’ resumes and taken out of consideration completely. Remember, the resume is an excellent way of showing the recruiter or employer how hard you are willing to work. If you did not edit the resume thoroughly, the people reading it might think you will not put forward enough effort in the actual job position.

A good resume will help you land the job of your dreams. Avoiding this red flag is the best way of ensuring you have a great resume.