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Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Peter Vogt/MonsterTRAK Career Coach

September 24, 2007

Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes

It’s deceptively easy to make mistakes on your resume and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer gets it. So prevention is critical, especially if you’ve never written one before. Here are the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them.

1. Typos and Grammatical Errors
Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn’t, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you, like: “This person can’t write,” or “This person obviously doesn’t care.”

2. Lack of Specifics
Employers need to understand what you’ve done and accomplished. For example: Worked with employees in a restaurant setting. Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales. Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but clearly the second one’s details and specific skills will more likely grab an employer’s attention.

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