Posted on: March 11th, 2020


Recruiters note resumes that are filled with errors and/or neglect to follow the job posting instructions. Submitting a flawed resume is the quickest way to get screened out as an applicant. Therefore, setting you back in the job-seeking process. 

Don’t let small errors on your resume be the reason you are immediately removed from the application process. Check out our top 5 resume mistakes and make sure you avoid them!

Mistake #1: Resume With Typos, Misspellings, and Grammatical Errors

Grammatical errors and misspellings are resume killers for job recruiters. Catching your own errors is hard, and sometimes a sentence may sound good in your head but may actually be confusing to others. Having someone proofread your resume is always a good idea. We suggest having someone in a different career field do it. This way, if it’s too confusing for them, then you can elaborate more on it in your resume to enhance readability. 

When creating a resume, it’s important to present yourself well with education and qualifications, but a typo or grammatical errors can immediately jeopardize that and count against you. Take your time with your resume. Look over it carefully, read it out loud and then have someone else take a look at it to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. 

Mistake #2: Including False Information

A big mistake that will backfire on you almost immediately is including information that is not true or overexaggerated. Everyone adds a little fluff to their resume to impress recruiters. But, turning a task you completed into years of experience is a bad idea. Exaggerating a task will never be in your favor because the minute you sit down during the interview, the recruiter will quickly realize that your “years of experience” was just a lot of hot air. 

Instead of exaggerating skills, explain them in a more in-depth way and tell recruiters how they helped you in the role you are applying for. The whole point of a resume is to show off what skills, accomplishments, and jobs you have completed in the past. So, being upfront and honest and having good talking points will help you get further in the hiring process. 

Mistake #3: Using an Outdated Resume

We live in a very fast-paced digital world now where everything is changing, and if you don’t keep up you will stand out for the wrong reasons. When creating a resume, you need to update it and target it specifically for every job you apply for. First, update your skills sections to fit the skills a certain job requires. Secondly, list prior jobs that are relevant to what you are applying for. 

You have one shot, and about 30 seconds, to catch a job recruiter’s attention. So, make sure that when you get it, you keep it with a relevant resume.  

Mistake #4: Including Generic or Obvious Skills on Your Resume

Skills like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and any of the Office suite are not skills on a resume. Most recruiters will expect their applicants to have a working knowledge of them. Lead with the most relevant and key skills you have. Ensure these skills are relevant to the job you are applying for. Use this space to highlight your experience with strong skills like Google Analytics or Adobe Creative Suite. Having knowledge of skills like these will be more appealing to job recruiters and will help you stand out.

Job recruiters go through hundreds of resumes trying to find the right people to interview. Meaning, you have about 10-15 seconds to catch their attention. Make sure you don’t lose them by including generic skills that they have seen many other times. Broadcast those elite skills you have to make the recruiter compelled to reach out. 

Mistake #5: Ignoring Application Instructions 

If you apply to a job and ignore the instructions — what makes you think a recruiter will trust you down the road with instructions? This will give recruiters a reason to throw out your application immediately, even if you have all of the qualifications. Take your time and follow all of these instructions.