If you’re looking for a job, what’s important? Resumes. What’s a resume? It’s a summarized list of your experiences and skills. If your resume has mistakes on it, companies would not offer you jobs. Often, people don’t realize the mistakes they make. I’ll give you five suggestions on how to improve your resume. First, it’s important to review and check spelling and grammar. If there are mistakes, companies will notice and think you obviously did not pay attention and you did your resume quickly. Don’t do that – it’s better to slowly read again and again. If you’re not sure about grammar and spelling, ask a teacher, friend, or someone else to help. Plus, there are professional services that can help you. Second, resumes must look the same throughout. This means if you have lines of text that have different sizes, make your lines the same size. Keep your paragraphs close together and your spacing consistent. Also important is to not explain too much, and keep your text limited to one page. When you work on your document and finish up, ready to send, export to PDF format. Because documents might not look the same on different computers. PDF format makes your resume look the same for everyone. Third, it’s not a good idea to be all about yourself. Try not to do that. Same for companies. If companies see you using the word “I” or “me” a lot, that’s not good. Here’s an example of what to do. “I developed a new product.” Here, you get rid of “I.” Explaining a lot is not necessary. Make the point with your skills, results, and success. Fourth, you know those mail ads you get and always throw away? Companies do the same! It’s not good to distribute your resume to all companies. It’s better to look at one company, closely at their goals and job descriptions, and adjusting your resume to match them. Do the same with other companies. Read their job descriptions for words and phrases that you see often. Work with them — put them in your resume. Fifth, companies want to find out who you are. They do this by asking for references and names. Your references have already seen your work. They might be a teacher or former boss. You don’t need to put them on your resume. As you fill out application forms, if they ask for references, do go ahead and add yours. But if they don’t ask, then hold back your references’ names, VP numbers and email addresses. When companies request reference information, have them ready to pass along. It’s also important let your references know that companies will be contacting them. It’s best to make sure they aren’t caught unprepared. Now you know a number of common mistakes! First, make sure spelling and grammar is correct. Second, make sure your text is consistent in size and spacing. Third, remove all “me” words. Fourth, adjust your resume to match all companies and their differences. Fifth, take off your reference information and hold it. Now that you know, it’s time to revise and improve your resume!