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Improve Your Resume By Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Posted by Kayla McGill on 3/16/16 11:00 AM

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Looking for the right job for you is stressful enough, so don't make it even harder by making these common resume mistakes.

If you're in need of a few more things to put on your resume, how about volunteering abroad? It looks great on any application — seriously. 

Having a good resume is the first step into getting your dream job. Think about it — is someone going to want to hire you if you they can't tell how great you are? To help make your resume as perfect as possible, avoid these top mistakes: 

Typos and Grammatical Errors

We cannot emphasize this enough. Be sure to proofread your resume, and let a few other people do the same. Nothing is worse than handing a potential employer your resume with a huge typo right smack dab in the middle of it. Just be safe and double check everything.

Over Sharing 

It's tempting to share everything so that it looks like you have more experience or have done more, but they probably don't care about that summer that you washed cars (unless you're applying to be a manager at a car washing place!). 

To avoid this problem, have a few different resumes for every job you are applying to. For example, if you are applying for a job within sales, only have experience that you can tie back to sales on that particular resume. If you're also applying for a marketing position, edit that resume to tie everything back to marketing. 

You'll have a better chance of getting a job if you tailor your resume to those potential employers and what they're looking for. Keep things relevant, concise and to the point. 

Not highlighting your best skills

Employers are likely interviewing multiple people and after awhile, they just start to skim resumes looking for something that stands out.  

Print your resume out and give it a glance. What stands out first? Is what you want your employer to know about you something that's easy to find? Honestly you can list things like skills or life experiences anywhere in your resume and it shouldn't make too much of a difference, but make sure to do something that is unique and put those things up at the top for your potential employers to see!

Here's how to talk about your experience if you've volunteered abroad. 

Forgetting your contact information

Make sure you put contact information on the top! This is such a simple mistake to make, but lots of people do it. If you have a great interview with someone, but they don't have a way to contact you, then you just wasted your time. 

Also, have at least 2 good references ready before you apply for the job. Make sure you've talked to your references so that they won't be surprised when a potential employee calls them. It's a bit old-school to have references listed on your resume, but have them at the ready just in case a future employer needs them. 

Now you're resume ready!

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Hope these tips helped you improve your resume, but if you way to add more experience to your resume — spend a semester abroad with ILP!  

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