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Resume Mistakes That Could Cost You the Job

The process of looking for a new job can be stressful and difficult. There may be some jobs that you applied for that you were sure you would get an interview for, but that call never came. Missing out on a job offer can come down to something as simple as a mistake on your résumé. Be aware of the following mistakes employers look for to ensure you get the job you deserve. 

Poor Grammar and Obvious Typos

If you send in a résumé with typos or grammar mistakes, they may not move forward with you as a candidate. Typos and errors can send the message that you do not have good grammar skills, and if a job relies on written communication, this will be a turnoff for recruiters. It can also tell the employer that you do not care about the potential job enough to proofread your résumé before sending it in. 

Incorrect Contact Information

If you are sending in résumés to employers, but you are not getting calls back even for jobs you are overqualified for, it could be because your contact information is wrong. If you change your email address or phone number, you need to also change it on your résumé. You can miss out on a lot of jobs this way. 

Irrelevant or Excessive Information

To be successful in your job search, you need to make sure that you create a new résumé for each job and the experience that you list on each résumé should relate to the job you are applying for. You are less likely to get any interest if you use the same résumé for each job you apply to. 

Additionally, you do not need to list your entire job history from your most recent job back to your very first job. It is recommended to have about 10 years’ worth of work experience on your resume. Furthermore, listing your high school is not necessary but listing your college and graduation year is.

Adding too much information or irrelevant information can hide the qualities a job recruiter is looking for. Removing unnecessary information makes the qualities the recruiter might hire you for the center of your résumé. 

False Skillsets or Qualities Listed

If you are desperate for a job, it may feel like you have to lie so you can finally land a job. However, lying on your résumé can do more harm than good. For example, if you put on your résumé that you have a particular skill that you don’t actually have, your potential employer will expect you to have previous training in that particular skill. If you get the job, this would put you in the position to either learn the skill on your own or ask for help. 

And when you have to ask for help with a skill you stated you already had, it will reveal to your new employer that you did not previously have this skill and you lied on your résumé. This could cause your new employer to fire you or lose all trust in you. If you are fired, you will have to explain the termination to future recruiters as you resume your job search. 

Unprofessional Email Address

If you are using an email address that is not appropriate for the workplace, chances are the potential employer will not even look at your résumé. Unprofessional email addresses can make you come off as immature and can nullify the entirety of your résumé. 

You could be the best employee they would ever have, but if they cannot trust you to act professionally in the workplace, you may not be deemed worth the risk. 

If you are looking for a job and you are not sure if your résumé is ready for potential employers, contact us at Tulsa’s Green Country Staffing today and we can help ensure your résumé is free of mistakes, highlights your valuable skillset, and looks attractive to potential employers. 

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