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What is the biggest mistake I can make in developing or submitting resumes? : Professional Resume Writing

The most critical error made in writing resumes is to fail to mention specific accomplishments. Resumes often include excellent job descriptions, but indicate little about how well the job was done. It is very important to include your accomplishments, using data to back them up if possible. It is not sufficient to merely describe a new initiative you introduced, but describe how it benefited the organization in cost savings, product / service improvement or other tangible ways.

The second major mistake that I see frequently is the use of the functional resume format where a list of accomplishments is given first. While that approach does highlight achievements, it leaves the employer guessing as to where and when your accomplishments took place. Employers will not spend the time trying to determine sequence and prefer a straightforward chronological approach so that they can see clearly the progression of your career.

The biggest mistake you can make in developing your resume is to make it difficult for the reader to find the information relevant to the position he or she is seeking to fill. Typically, the reader will visually scan the resume to determine if the candidate has the required skills and experience for the position. You need to know the requirements of the position and state your qualifications in a way that demonstrates to the reader that you are a good candidate for the position.

The truth is that there are numerous big mistakes and it's difficult to classify one as the biggest since all of them could result in your resume being tossed in the circular file. That said, here are some definite no - nos.

• Spelling errors or typos. If you can't proofread your own resume, why would an employer trust you on the job?

• Submitting a resume that has streaks, smudges or is poorly printed. As the saying goes, it's all in the presentation.

• Being dishonest about dates, jobs, grades or anything else for that matter. If you lie or grossly embellish, the odds are overwhelming that you will get caught, plus it's just plain wrong.

• Missing the target. Your resume must speak to the needs of your target audience. If the first third of your resume isn't relevant to the employer who's reading it, you can kiss your resume good-bye.

• Fluff and jargon. Be clear, direct and factual with your writing. If you pepper your resume with too many acronyms and empty adjectives you are shooting yourself in the foot.

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