Top 5 Resume Mistakes College Students Often Overlook
We all know how important a resume is to score a great job but more often than not we make small mistakes that could cost us the position. The quickest way to be dismissed by the employer is to have a flawed resume. Next time you want to improve your resume take into consideration the following tips we have gathered for you.
1. Missing spelling errors
The pressure students feel to make their resumes perfect is often what leads them to make tiny mistakes. The most important step to take after creating your resume is to spell check and proofread the entire page. Ask a friend or family member to look over your work since it’s hard to catch your mistakes. Read your resume out loud to notice words that might seem out of order or use online resources such as Grammarly to double check your work. Don’t know where to start? Check out this impressive resume proofreading checklist.
2. Not including keywords
Having keywords that match the job position you are applying for is so important. Your resume should be a clear reflection of the same keywords that are in the job listing. Employers are looking for specific qualities each candidate must have and including them in your resume will only help you get noticed. Take a moment to think about what skills best represent who you are as a worker and an individual and make sure to list them on your resume as your main keywords.
3. Including too much information
If you were an employer would you like to read through 5 pages of accomplishment? No. Always keep in mind what an employer is looking for in a resume. Your resume should be easy to understand and to the point. Include your greatest accomplishments and experiences that will qualify you for the position and keep your page count between 1-2 pages. A great tip to cut the space used to highlight your skills is to use bullet points that are concise.
4. Forgetting to include contact information
You want your resume to stand out, but you also cannot forget to include contact information. Typing your name at the top simply won’t do the job. Some important contact details to add is your phone number, email address and possible websites that might show your skills. For instance, if your job is for graphic design you might want to create an online portfolio where employers could go and see your work.
5. Having no creativity
You’ve spent your whole life working hard to build great accomplishments to include in your resume, and you are too scared to take a creative risk? This is not okay. No one likes a plain boring resume, so it’s time to get those creative juices flowing and having some great ideas. Play with color, professional fonts, and designs to create the perfect resume. A creative resume will stand out and make a positive statement.Use online websites like Canva to find some cool templates.
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Magdianis Martinez is a University of Florida advertising alumni and a marketing specialist intern at US Ready. She was born in Cuba but spent most of her childhood growing up in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she embraced her ethnicity and is prideful in being able to help other international students find their passions through the comfort in the United States. Her favorite things about growing up in Miami was the food and high representation of culture within the city.