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                                                      How to Avoid Prospect-Killing
                                                      Resume Mistakes  

                                                      Resumes are one of the most important tools for
                                                      getting a job. A resume is the first thing an employer
                                                      sees, and for unsuccessful applicants, the last one,
                                                      too. A poor resume has little chance of getting you a
                                                      job, so ensuring your resume is as good as it can be is
                                                      vital for getting any employer’s attention. Many
                                                      unsuccessful resumes fail due to some common errors;
                                                      by avoiding these resume mistakes, you have a far
                                                      better chance of being called in for an interview.

                                                      Avoid the Obvious Pitfalls

                                                       Your resume needs to be free of all spelling mistakes,
                                                       grammar errors and typos. Resume mistakes will lead
                                                       an employer to think you don’t care or that you don’t
pay enough attention to detail. Proofread your resume several times and then get somebody else to look at
it — a fresh pair of eyes may spot an error you don’t. Also, keep the layout simple. Don’t clutter the page
with too much information — the writing should flow naturally. It should also be easy on the eyes.

Reusing the Same Resume for Different Employers

Tailor a resume to an individual employer. Look at the requirements of that job and think of anything in your
work or personal history that is relevant. Too many people send the same resume to different employers, but
each job has different requirements, so what is relevant for one employer isn’t for another. Show that you
have written your resume with the specific employer in mind and try to cover all aspects of what they are
looking for by including examples from your work history.

Don’t be tempted to leave off part-time jobs if space permits; all experience is valuable, so dissect each job
and experience and see how your duties and responsibilities could be relevant to the new post.

Failing to be Specific

All too often people aren’t specific when it comes to outlining previous experience. Avoid the passive voice
and use actionable verbs where possible. Employers want to know what you did, not what you were asked
to do. Avoid phrasing such as, "I was responsible for serving customers in a fast food restaurant." Instead,
outline those responsibilities: “I provided customer service, adhered to health and hygiene legislation and
handled cash sales in a busy restaurant setting.”

Failing to have a Clear Objective

An objective statement is always important in a resume, and lets an employer know what your plans are. But
avoid vagueness, such as, “I’m seeking a challenging position in the finance sector.” Again, be more
specific, outlining why you want that particular job: “I’m looking for an entry level position in the finance
industry that encompasses small business finance and will allow me to utilize and grow the skills and
experience I have already developed.”

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