A good resume is a basic tool to attract the attention of hiring managers and placing you a step ahead. A well-written resume is critical to success in the hiring process.  Writing a good resume is often more about avoiding mistakes than it is about doing things right. Here are some resume mistakes to avoid in order to improve your prospects:

Making the Resume too Long

A single page resume can work best in positions that require less experience.  If your relevant work experience is more extensive, then up to 2 pages my be appropriate.  A resume more than 2 pages is rarely necessary and often detrimental.

Eliminate personal pronouns from the copy to make the resume more concise. Avoid a narrative style of writing as you can end up giving irrelevant details and lengthening the resume. Use bullet points rather than full sentences. Eliminate less important details.

Grammatical Errors and Spelling Mistakes

A resume with typos and grammatical errors highlight the lack of two crucial skills– clear communication and attention to details.

Go through your resume more than once after completion to avoid language mistakes. Ask a friend or family member to proofread your resume. Investing in the services of a proofreader can help.

Another common mistake to avoid is using present tense for your past jobs. Use present tense only for your current job.

Outdated or Missing Contact Details

Mistakes such as missing or old contact information, and errors in employment dates, can frustrate hiring managers. They convey your carelessness and leave a bad impression on recruiters.

Include your name, address, and personal contact details including email address and phone number on the top of your resume.

Another common mistake is including your photo. This is unnecessary and takes up space.

Not Customizing the Resume to the Job

A resume customized to the job you are applying to allows you to highlight the skills and accomplishments relevant to the position, which ups the score in your favor and sets you apart from other candidates.  It also helps convey your knowledge and interest in the role you are seeking.

Be specific about your achievements. Explain the type of value you created for the company while describing your achievements.

Not Adhering to Proper Formatting

Good formatting makes your resume clear and easy to understand.

Avoid fancy fonts – they can be harsh on the eye and make reading difficult. Complex or unusual formatting can make it difficult for online application systems to upload correctly.

Keep your resume professional with neat and legible fonts and clear formatting. Use headers, subleaders, and bullet points where appropriate. Such a structure makes it easier for recruiting managers to see key points.

Exaggerating Facts or Falsifying Information

Recruiting managers can identify falsified or exaggerated facts. Not only is it unethical, providing misleading information can ruin your professional reputation.  Most employers require background checks, including job and education verification.   If you are hired it is grounds for termination when uncovered.  Sticking with the facts is always best.

In Conclusion

If you are job hunting, then avoiding these resume mistakes can increase your chances of success.

For more resume tips, check out How to Write a Great Resume.