Keeping Your Resume Out of the Trash

All job applicants are different, therefore so are the resumes that contain their qualifications, experience and education. Still, while there is no ideal resume that can perfectly exhibit every individual’s knowledge, skills and abilities, there are some critical errors that can almost guarantee a person’s resume will end up in the trash can.

Spell Check

The most preventable error on resumes is also one of the most common. Errors in spelling and grammar can give human resource managers the impression that a candidate is lazy, careless or unable to read and write properly. In any event, the end conclusion will be the same: NEXT?

Responsibilities vs. Accomplishments

Depending on the position held within previous companies, most human resource managers can usually infer what duties and responsibilities someone had. By listing accomplishments instead, job seekers can convey the best of themselves and what they have to offer prospective employers.

Being Vague

Whenever possible, it is always best to tailor your resume to fit the specific company and job for which you are currently applying. Do not try to use a carbon copy resume in an effort to save time. There is nothing wrong with keeping a general resume on file to keep track of your previous jobs and dates employed, just make sure to highlight aspects that pertain to your current job search.

Long Descriptions

Typically you will not be the only person who will apply to fill a given position. Therefore, using short concise statements and bullet points, you can increase the likelihood that your resume will be viewed and you will be given the consideration you truly deserve.


Contrary to popular belief, an objective does not give job candidate a competitive edge. In fact, an objective significantly limits your prospects. Since most employers now use computer software to scan resumes, being too specific can hurt your chances. Even if you are the ideal candidate for a position, if the computer system does not recognize the language as being relevant to the position, your submission may never reach the human resources department to be viewed by an actual company representative.

Getting too personal

While you make think that hobbies and interests make you stand out, the truth is that employers, for the most part, do not care what you do in your spare time. If they want to know, they will ask you during your interview. If you honestly feel that you must list these types of activities, keep the list short and try to only incorporate things that could be construed as useful to the position.

Too often, individuals go out of their way to attempt a memorable resume. Just try not to be so original that you are not taken seriously or overlooked altogether. The most crucial point of a resume is to receive a call back requesting an interview. Once you get through the application process and the hiring manager knows that you are qualified, you can try to be memorable in the interview.

If you are interested in getting advice based on your particular situation, contact one of our career coaches.

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