For many college graduates their resume represents the initial contact between them as a job seeker and an employer. Standing out from dozens or even hundreds of other applicants depends in large part on a job seeker's resume. Don't let these five common resume mistakes hold you back from getting your first job out of college.
Grammar and spelling
Grammar and spelling both matter. Most professional jobs require some degree of communication, while many also require some amount of writing. Submitting a resume with obvious grammatical or spelling errors makes a bad first impression. Start with the spell check feature on your word processor, then have your resume reviewed by at least several other people to look for any problems before you apply for that first job.
Resumes are frequently updated for each potential job. Submitting a resume with an objective statement or summary of qualifications that does not match the job for which you are applying can result in your resume not being considered. Make sure your resume matches the position for which you are applying.
Sharing too much or too little
An effective resume strikes a balance between too much information and too little information. Providing too much information may lead to important information being missed or overlooked in the clutter. Including too little information misses an opportunity to showcase why you are the best candidate for the position.
Your resume is an opportunity to showcase your skills and accomplishments in about one page. Don't waste the opportunity with a weak presentation.
• Include the most important parts first in any description, followed by less interesting or less important information. • Demonstrate accomplishments in measurable terms where possible. • Sell yourself and what you can do for the company. Balance modesty with the need to showcase your potential. A resume is not the place for excessive modesty.
Resumes should be neat, legible, and professional in appearance. Avoid the temptation to use excessive fonts, font-sizes, colors, and graphics – unless you are a graphic designer and applying for a design job. Preparing a resume is not an easy task, but keeping these five common mistakes in mind while creating your resume will help you get your first job out of college.