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I spend a good chunk of my day reviewing (and writing) resumes for clients. I see the SAME DANG MISTAKES all of the dang time, so, today, we’re gonna talk about them.
I can’t save everyone from resume mistakes, but I can save you!
Common Resume Mistake #1: Not Saving Your Resume as a PDF!!
You know what’s the WORST? Opening up a resume file, only to get a full screen of weirdo characters, lines and a jumbled mess.
This happens to me all of the time, and it’s because the candidate submitted their resume as a DOC, not a PDF.
My darling. You MUST submit a resume as a PDF, because errors pop up. Different versions of Microsoft Office battle with each other. The company may not even USE Microsoft Word.
Save and send your resume as a PDF!!
Common Resume Mistake #2: Including Your Home Address
Back in the days of yore before email, we included our address on a resume in order to get information MAILED to us about a job.
It’s 2020, and we don’t need to add our address on the top of our resumes. Also, the world is sometimes a creepy place, so best to just leave that off. If the employer NEEDS your address, then they’ll ask for it.
City and state is fine! Leave off your street and house number.
Common Resume Mistake #3: No Link to Your LinkedIn
So, fun factoid: A lot of hiring management software systems are TERRIBLE. The WORST. They’re clunky and buggy and awful and a pain in the neck!
So, hiring managers and recruiters will keep track of candidates using your LinkedIn link.
Therefore, it is critical to include a link to your LinkedIn on your resume (we’re gonna look it up), and ALSO be sure to have a profile that’s fully filled out.
Don’t link me to an empty page!
Common Resume Mistake #4: Ugly or Bad Formatting
If you work in a creative industry (marketing, blogging, photography, etc), find a professional and creative resume template on etsy. If you work in a more conservative industry like law or finance, keep it more boring/professional.
Avoid a template that has more than one column. Test copying and pasting the resume and plopping text into a word doc – is it all screwy? Use a different template.
Shop resume templates on etsy here!
Common Resume Mistake #5: No Google Results for Your Name!!
Make sure stuff comes up when people google you. This could be a few blog posts on Medium, this could be a resume/portfolio site, etc. Give hiring managers some breadcrumbs!!! If the only thing that comes up when I google you is your high school track & field stats, we have a PROBLEM.
Need Extra Help?
That’s all for this post! If you need extra help planning your career (resume help, assistance figuring out how to ask for a raise, etc), check out my consulting website here! I love working with clients as a career coach, and I make the (usually no fun) process of dealing with all of this stuff much more fun!