Resume Do Nots: Avoid Resume Mistakes To Get More Interviews

Carl Mueller

Visitors: 594

Here are some tips and considerations to avoid making resume mistakes that can cost you.

1. Don’t obsess about the length of your resume, focus on the content but do keep in mind that most people will get by with a 2 page resume. A third page should really only be used when absolutely necessary.

2. Don’t include personal information in your resume such as age, hobbies or things of that nature. The goal of your resume is to get an interview not a date. Keep it professional.

3. Don’t include any references to salary – your current salary or desired salary – in your resume.

4. Don’t use personal pronouns such as “I” or “Me” or “My” in your resume.

5. Don’t simultaneously email your resume to multiple recruiters or hiring managers in the same email. Send emails to individual contacts, one at a time, addressed to the specific person you are sending it to.

6. Don’t “forget” that you no longer work for a company. If you have left the company, don’t make it look on your resume like you are still working for the company. Include accurate start and end dates for each job you have held.

7. Don’t embellish (ie. lie) on your resume if you’re not prepared to have to explain yourself when you’re caught.

8. Don’t ask a recruiter to submit your resume for a job that you’ve already applied to yourself or through another recruiter.

9. Similarly, don’t keep sending your resume to the same company over and over again. Observe their rules: if they say that they keep resumes on file for 6 months, then believe them. You don’t need to send your resume every 2 weeks.

10. Don’t apply for jobs you have no chance getting. There is a difference between submitting your resume to a company for consideration should a relevant job arise, and submitting your resume for a specific advertised job that you are not suited for. Learn to tell the difference otherwise hiring managers will be hitting “delete” the moment your emails arrive.

11. Don’t list your references on your resume. They can be provided to the employer when the time comes. Plus, if you are using recruiters, they will most likely make a note of your references and contact them if they have a job that might suit them.

12. Don’t send additional materials when submitting your resume for a job. If you need to supply educational transcripts or other materials, you can supply them when asked.

Carl Mueller is an Internet entrepreneur and professional recruiter who wants to help you find your dream career.

Visit Carl's website to separate yourself from other job searchers:

Sign up for The Effective Career Planner, Carl’s free 5-day course:

Please feel free to reprint this article in its entirety in your ezine or on your website but please don’t change any of the content and ensure that you include the above bio that shows my website URLs.


Article Source:

Rate this Article:
How to Write a Resume: 10 Resume Writing Tips to Help You Create a Professional .
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Resume Dos: Writing A Resume That Gets Interviews

by: Carl Mueller(December 23, 2005)
(Business/Resumes Cover Letters)

Resume Do's and Do Nots

by: Manik Thapar(December 05, 2005)
(Business/Resumes Cover Letters)

5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

by: Freddie Johnson(April 16, 2007)

Avoid These Resume Mistakes

by: Lee Dobbins(December 27, 2005)
(Business/Resumes Cover Letters)

Ten Resume Mistakes to Avoid

by: Chris Hunter(June 08, 2007)

5 Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

by: Jason Stroming(March 17, 2006)
(Business/Resumes Cover Letters)

Key Resume Mistakes To Avoid

by: Syed Muzaffar Aqleem Tirmizi(March 26, 2008)
(Business/Resumes Cover Letters)

10 Classic Resume-Writing Mistakes to Avoid

by: Michelle Dumas(June 02, 2008)
(Business/Resumes Cover Letters)

Avoid Mistakes and Gaffes in Your Job Resume

by: Michelle Roebuck(March 12, 2005)
(Business/Careers Employment)

How to Write a Resume: 10 Resume Writing Tips to Help You Create a Professional .

by: Adam Waxler(June 20, 2007)
(Reference and Education)