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5 Fatal Resume Mistakes You Need to Fix Immediately

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Your resume is your winning ticket to the job you’re applying for. This is your one time to make an impression. You should do your best to make it lasting. Today, there are hundreds of job sites where recruiters and employess look for top candidates. One small mistake and your resume is overlooked or tossed in the decline bin.

Frank Dadah, director at a recruitment firm says, “Your resume generally gets about 30 seconds of attention the first time it’s reviewed. Job seekers need to take full advantage of that half minute to ensure you move on in the hiring process.” But most of the times, people aren’t aware of the mistakes they make on resumes. Have no fear. That’s why we’re here.

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Here’s what you’ve been doing wrong on your resume and how to change it.

Too Lengthy

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Some people think they have to smash all of their experience together to be deemed qualified. Not true. You should only incorporate your most important job history; The ones that make sense to the position you’re applying for. Plus, employers don’t have the time to read pages and pages of life stories.

How to fix: Be mindful that recruiters and employers spend no more than 20 seconds while looking at a resume. Limit your rezzie to one page. Instead of paragraphs, create bullet points with one-line sentences and focus on strong action verbs that get your point across.

Typos

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Nothing makes a bad impression like having a resume riddled with typos and grammatical errors. It only takes one misspelled word for employers to toss your resume.

How to fix it: Spell check is great, but shouldn’t totally be relied on. Proofread! If you’re not the greatest editor, give it to a trusted friend to look over it. There are also a number of online tools that can automatically check for errors.

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