This tends to be the time of year when many people are refreshing, rewriting or reworking their resumes in some way. So, I thought it would be good to touch on some attributes you definitely do not want in your resume.

Top five resume blunders to avoid:

  1. Starting with an objective. It’s understood the objective is to get a job. It is more effective to start out your resume using a qualification or branding statement to highlight the top skills and abilities that make you the best candidate for the job.
  2. Being too general. Do not use one resume for every job where you apply. Make your resume specific to the job and make it personal in terms of how your qualifications make you the ideal candidate for that job.
  3. No quantitative amounts or numbers. Numbers are a powerful way to talk about the impact you have had in previous jobs. Whether it is the your years of experience, money you have saved, people you have impacted, widgets you have produced, or hours you have driven, etc., share it and promote it. Numbers speak strongly to the qualities you can bring to the new job.
  4. Writing in paragraphs. Paragraphs take longer to read. Make it easy for the reader to scan and skim. Use bullets, keywords, short sentences and an active voice. Avoid jargon unless it is a keyword mentioned in the job description.
  5. Typos and grammatical errors. This is probably the number one blunder and the one everyone knows. Yet errors still are frequently seen, so it’s worth repeating. Proofread multiple times and have others proofread as well. Read your resume backwards and take breaks in between your reviews to help identify the errors that are not seen initially.

If you are in the process of revisiting your resume, take a moment to make sure these blunders are missing from you resume.

Nancy Manley

About Nancy Manley


Nancy enjoys helping people find a job that makes them feel complete. She thrives on sharing information that helps candidates become successful employees and engaged workers.