Most Common Mistakes in a Résumé  – How to Avoid Them
1. Using the Same Résumé For Multiple Job Applications
It commonly happens that due to lack of time or complexity, people are sending the same version of their résumé to multiple job openings, which require different skills or knowledge or are in various industries.
Even when the companies are in the same industry, their culture and needs might differ. Therefore, your job application needs to be adjusted for each particular job you are applying for.
One of our early users was congratulated, and her résumé easily spotted because she used the exact color theme as the company’s color. To help you with adjusting your application for each position, we made it easy to create up to 18 different versions of your résumé or Cover Letter for each specific Data set.
2. Including Personal Information
In the past, employers might have asked personal information such as your marital status, your nationality, religious beliefs, but this is not the case anymore since it is illegal for employers to ask and make their hiring decisions on factors such as those.
Therefore, you should not use valuable space for including information that the employer may not use, and rather focus on showing how you are the perfect fit for the position they advertised in the job announcement.
3. Writing Too Much Text
Sometimes “Less, is More,” and this principle also applies in the case of your job application. Focus on content quality, not quantity. Too much information might distract the employer or recruiter from understanding how you can add value to their job opening. On average, the recruiter spends 7 seconds reviewing your résumé, so you need to make them count. Write short and concise sentences starting with an action verb, focus on your achievements, and use numbers or percentages when possible.
4. Unprofessional Email Address
There is no excuse for not having a professional email address when you are applying for jobs since there are lots of free email service provider and it will take you less than 2 minutes to create a new email address.
It should be a simple variation of your first and last names.
5. Social Media Profiles Not Related To the Specific Job
Before applying for any job, you should do an audit and check all your social media profiles that appear when you search your name on Google.
Then remember only to include the ones that are relevant to the job you are applying for, therefore do not add your Pinterest profile or Instagram if you are applying for a Lawyer position. Instead, remember to list your LinkedIn profile and personal website or blog if you have one.
6. Outdated, Unreadable, or Fancy Fonts
The font you are choosing has a great impact on the readability of your application, therefore it is not advised to use fonts that might be hard to read (both in PDF and on paper) or fonts that are too extravagant. The fonts available on novoresume.com have been thoroughly tested by employers and recruiters to ensure an increased readability making sure your job application will be read and properly understood.
7. Too Many Buzzwords or Forced Keywords
There is the tendency of including buzzwords or keywords from industry, but outside of their context, which will decrease the credibility of your job application. Some of the buzzwords and overused terms that you should avoid are:
- Strategic thinker
- Best of breed
- Go-to person
- Problem solving skills
- Thinking outside the box