Creating a resume from scratch is challenging. Luckily, you can use a template as a guide for formatting your resume
content creatively. However, using a template doesn’t ensure a perfect resume—there is still room for error. Let’s go over five of the most common resume critiques.
- Poor choice of fonts, design and formatting
- Misspelled words and grammatical errors
- Irrelevant job descriptions
- Forgetting relevant non-work-related experiences
- Too much or not enough information
Poor choice of fonts, design and formatting
An excellent first impression is crucial, even with your resume. So if your resume looks busy and messy at first glance, that’s usually not a good sign. Use a modern font and design to make it visually appealing, and leave enough white space to keep it readable. Additionally, aim for a resume that’s around one page long, concise and formatted correctly. Using bullet points and brief phrases throughout helps make it easy on the eyes and simple for recruiters or hiring managers to read.
Misspelled words and grammatical errors
Misspelled words and grammatical errors are easily noticeable on your resume. It’s imperative to eliminate these types of errors. After all, if you let these simple mistakes slip, it may send a message to employers that you lack the right attention to detail in your work.
Irrelevant job descriptions
Another critique you may encounter if someone reviews your resume is irrelevant job descriptions. It’s essential to focus your resume on the skills and experiences that best qualify you for the job.
Forgetting relevant non-work-related experiences
It’s critical for job seekers to include any relevant non-work-related experiences on their resumes. For example, incorporate volunteer hours, certification training and internships you’ve completed if they show specific skills or experiences that can contribute to your next job.
Too much or not enough information
Often, when writing a resume, less is more. After all, the average recruiter spends about six to seven seconds looking at your resume. Keeping it short and concise will allow recruiters to assess the most important information quickly. For example, it’s not necessary to include your marital status, nationality or other personal information. On the other hand, you don’t want to submit a blank sheet of paper. Write thorough, brief bullet points with enough action words to display your work history and experiences accurately. Using bullet points for your skills section is a good way to make your resume easy to read. For example, you can list your skills using action verbs in bullet points, such as:
- Interpersonal skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Customer service skills
- Written communication skills