1. No Accomplishment statements
A resume has to be more than a job description. And although recent graduates usually lack some professional experience, they need to know how to highlight their accomplishments during their studies and others.
2. Lack of Action Verbs
Forget the “responsible for” and “assisted with” passive frases and focus on action verbs. Sometimes it’s all a matter of sequence. Instead of writing: “Working with the CEO, coordinating a training session for…” start with the action: “Coordinated a training session with the CEO…”
3. Lack of Differentiation
Every resume sounds and look more or less the same. The ones that make a statement at a first impression are only a few. Make sure you use your resume as a marketing tool and sell yourself! Set yourself apart from others.
4. Irrelevant Detail
Being concise is crucial. Cut out the irrelevant and obvious information and focus only on the valuable things of your past experience. Unless you are a college freshman, delete all information about your high school.
5. Poor Formatting
Some of the same students who list “Expert at Microsoft Word” on their resumes don’t know how to use bullets or set tabs to right justify information such as dates. It’s common to find a lot of spacing and alignment inconsistences.
6. Meaningless Phrases
Don’t state something that you read somewhere that it’s important for recruiters. What’s the point of saying that you are a “good team player” or have “strong leadership skills” if you are not describing any of those experiences with a supported evidence.
7. Grammar or Word Usage Issues
There’s no need to elaborate about this topic.
Read your resume out loud and give it to someone to read it before you send it to recruiters.
9. Over-Used Resume Templates
Microsoft Word templates are getting obsolete and they make you look lazy. Make an effort to work on the package of your talent. You can use Word as long as you know how to use it to make your resume look personalized.
10. Obsolete Elements
“References available on request” and “Looking for an opportunity to challenge myself” are old school sentences that actually have a negative impact on your resume. Get rid of the old format of resumes and don’t be afraid to try new things.
11. Start over please!
Some of the resumes are so bad that they should be thrown in the garbage. Sometimes people have no idea what a resume should look like!