Top 10 Resume Mistakes – How NOT To Write A Resume

Top 10 Resume Mistakes – How NOT To Write A Resume

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In this video, you’ll learn the top 10
resume writing mistakes that will cost you a job interview and if you stick
around until the end I have a special bonus just for you. Hey there if we’ve
never met before I’m Heather Austin from
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button down below. So real quick, if you see something
missing from this list make sure you mention it in the comments below. Let’s
jump into it. Mistake #1, an unprofessional email address. This will
ruin your chances of getting a job interview. Make sure your email
address on your resume is professional. Preferably your first and last name or
some variation of your first and last name. Mistake #2, including your
street address. Including your street address on a resume actually opens you
up to identity theft. Instead of using your street address provide a customized
LinkedIn URL. If you don’t know how to customize your Linkedin URL that’s okay
because I created a video about how to do that so I’ll go ahead and link that
video up below. Mistake #3, including a profile photo or a headshot
on your resume. Your resume is not the place for your profile picture. Including
one actually opens you up for discrimination based on your age and
your gender. If the hiring manager or employer wants to know what you look
like, they can go to your LinkedIn profile to see a picture but just don’t
include one on your resume. Mistake #4, including an objective
statement. An objective statement on a resume is old and outdated. If you have
one you need to remove it and replace it with something like a professional
profile or some type of branding statement that tells a company what you
can do for them. Mistake #5, a hobbies sections. Hiring managers and
employers normally don’t want to know about your hobbies at this phase in the
interview process. You can save this for later in maybe a second or a third
interview. Leave your hobbies off your resume. Mistake #6, listing job
descriptions. Listing job descriptions on a resume only informs a hiring manager of
your daily tasks. It doesn’t demonstrate the impact you made or the results you
achieved in your previous positions. Rather than listing job descriptions use
action verbs and statements that quantify your accomplishments. Mistake
#7, including references. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see all
the time. Your resume is very valuable real estate. You want to reserve your
list of references for a separate sheet of paper that you can give to the hiring
manager or employer if they ask for that. Mistake #8, poor spelling and
grammar. A resume with misspelled words or bad grammar will go right in the
trash. Ask as many qualified people that you know to proofread your resume. They
might catch something that you didn’t see. When it comes to writing a resume
that will land you a job interview, avoid the words “I” and “me” and then also make
sure that you don’t use present tense verbs on past tense positions. Mistake
# 9, a resume that is too long or too short. So here’s a good rule of thumb
when it comes to the length of your resume. If you have less than 5 years of
experience keep your resume to one page. If you have more than 5 years of work
experience it’s okay to go to a two page resume. Mistake #10, a resume that
is too generic. Hiring managers and recruiters sometime
sit through hundreds of resumes a day. Make sure every resume you submit is
tailored to a specific job. An easy way to do this is to place key words
throughout your resume. This will make sure your resume pasts applicant tracking
software and it will catch the eye of a hiring manager or recruiter a lot
quicker. Okay guys thanks for hanging with me until the end. I promised you a
special bonus and here it is. It’s the six-second resume. It’s a downloadable
resume that you can use and tailor for the next position that you apply for.
I’ll go ahead and link it up below. So I have a question for you. What resume
writing mistake have you seen recently that we should add to the list? Feel free
to comment below and as always if you know someone that might benefit from
this video please feel free to share it with them. Don’t forget to hit the like
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33 thoughts on “Top 10 Resume Mistakes – How NOT To Write A Resume”

  1. Hey guys! What resume writing mistakes have you seen recently that you would you like to add to the list? Comment below. I would love to know!

  2. Really great tips on how not to write a resume. I didn't know these top 10 resume mistakes were so common. I'm definitely sharing this with my friends that are on the job hunt.

  3. It's interesting to know that you shouldn't put your street address on your resume. I can see how this would be a security problem. Thanks for these top 10 resume mistakes.

  4. Learned a lot from this one. The top 10 resume mistakes are very valuable. My favorite was to include a professional profile rather than an objective statement. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow, super great tips on what not to include on a resume. I'm learning more about how to turn my job descriptions into accomplishments. Thanks.

  6. I review so many resumes. AHHHH the objective statement just stop!!

    Looking at someones online profile is more relatable than their resume. Plus you can see their attitude and work. The real them to others.

    Great tips for How NOT To Write A Resume Professor!

  7. Great points. I have seen every one of these mistakes and I think it's great you are pointing them all out in such an informative and quick video.

  8. These are all really great tips! The customized LinkedIn URL sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the video ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I love your tips! I preach everything you've said in this video! Great job! And I love your freebie too. Thank you.

  10. Tee hee…. I am so old school! Looks like it's time to update and make my resume "current"! Thanks for the great tips!

  11. I always thought that adding a 'Hobbies' section was a way to present a holistic picture. Thanks for the tip.

  12. I prepred my resume in 3 pages becuase i had 5 years of exp. And 4 companies i worked so that i mentioned my role and responsibilities under each company along with other details. So that it is extended to 3 pages. My doubt was if i have 8 years exp. What i have to do? Please mam reply. Can i extend pages or what?

  13. Omg. Iโ€™m SO glad I decided to watch some videos before revamping my Resume because I realize a lot has changed!

  14. Thank you very much to offer these advices. I've been living in Irland for a week. I've just finish my degree and I've come from Spain to learn English and now I'm looking for a job to stay here at least one year. I'm going to avoid these mistakes in my Resume. ยกNew subscriptor! (:

  15. I don't have any significant accomplishments in my previous job experience that anyone else hasn't already done at that same location. So what do I do about that situation? I've always just been a physical laborer doing what I had to do through the days. I wish I could say I've done some amazing things to help a company save time or money, but to my knowledge, I haven't.

  16. Hi Heather,
    I have a question- when writing about past employment history and dates, how would you suggest mentioning If your last job is current and you plan on maintaining it? For example, my situation is that I'm a personal trainer and will continue to train a few select clients on my off time…. I cannot figure out how to phrase it- and don't want to sound like my attention will be divided between the jobs?
    I appreciate any suggestions you might have! I find your videos very informative and helpful, thanks for your time:)

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