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These 5 Horrible Resume Mistakes Will Make You Cringe

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Jeff Cuellar

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We’ve all made mistakes. Some are big, some are small. And some, like having a terrible resume, can keep you from getting the job you deserve. Because let’s face it, if your resume is so bad that HR Managers immediately react to seeing it the same way Dracula reacts to sunlight – you need help.

Thankfully, we’ve got just the information you need to make your resume a lot more appealing to employers.

Tim Klimcke, Associate Director of Sales, Marketing & Technical Healthcare for Robert Walters Singapore, shares with us the 5 most cringe-worthy mistakes that will get your resume immediately disqualified.

 

The 5 Most Cringe-Worthy Resume Mistakes

If you’re an employer, you’ll recognize the mistakes and immediately (and probably recall some pretty cringe-worthy resume stories of your own).

If you’re a job seeker who’s actively searching for a new job, read the following mistakes very carefully and avoid them like your life depended on it – well actually, it kind of does right?

According to Tim, these are the 5 most cringe-worthy mistakes you must avoid on your resume:

  • Attaching a Photo of Yourself: Attaching a photo of yourself is not only cheesy, but it can work against you by giving employers the avenue to make decisions based on appearance rather than qualifications and experience. Plus, you’ll avoid embarrassing photo choices like this one.
  • Referring to Yourself In the Third Person: Referring to yourself in the third person might work, if you’re a famous actor, artist, or athlete. But in resumes, referring to yourself in the third person comes across as cheesy and outdated. This one’s an easy fix – just refer to yourself in the first-person instead.
  • Having Numerous Grammatical and Spelling Errors: Having a resume with numerous grammatical and spelling errors is inexcusable, especially when there’s a spelling & grammar check button on Microsoft Word. At the very least, have a friend proofread your resume or pay a professional resume service to look it over to ensure it’s free of spelling and grammar errors.
  • Citing Personal Mottos and Mantras: Citing mottos and mantras not only come across as cheesy (though not as cheesy as referring to yourself in the third person). Mottos might serve international brands well (ex. Nike with “Just Do It”), but if you’re looking to “sell” yourself through a motto, your resume isn’t the place to do it.
  • Overloading It With Too Much Information: Overloading your resume with pages and pages of information because you think “more is better” is a surefire way to get your resume disqualified. Your resume should only be 2-3 pages long at maximum, and it should only contain your most important skills and achievements, not every mundane job detail you can think of.

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What Can You Do to Prevent Your Resume From Horrifying Employers?

Eliminating the 5 mistakes above from your resume should be the first thing you do. But don’t get too confident once you’ve taken care of that. You still to make sure your resume is compelling enough for employers to shortlist you for the job.

“Keep your CV focused on your experience, skills, and achievements throughout your career to date. Including an insight into who you are as an individual through a short 2-3 line profile is also fine,” mentions Tim.

According to Tim, you should also pay very close attention to the last mistake relating to not overloading your resume with too much information. “Do not give the reader an easy reason to reject your resume based on subjective or material reasons. Regardless of your level, your resume should not be any longer than 2-3 pages – remember, this is a CV, not your autobiography,” advises Tim.

 

What resume mistakes do you think deserve to be on this list? Share your stories with us here!

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Jeff Cuellar

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