Getting a job is a serious business as it is the next phase in your life during or after school. Thus, employers do not tolerate mistakes when it comes to professional documents like resumes. It is therefore very important to put your best foot forward by avoiding common mistakes when writing a resume.

Some of the common mistakes include:

1. Typos and Grammatical Errors

Your resume is your big shot at selling yourself so make it compelling. Get rid of all typo and grammatical errors using Grammarly as well as consulting professionals. You want to make a good first impression so don’t blow up your chances because of avoidable mistakes. Check and double-check to ensure that your resume meets international standards.

2. Using an outdated Resume

Life is dynamic and ever-evolving, so are the events of and experiences of one’s life. Therefore, resist the temptation of living in the past by submitting an outdated resume. Update your resume and target it for the particular job you’re applying for. Do not fail to update your skills section as well as your work history.

3. Highlighting duties instead of Accomplishments

For your resume, your concern should be your accomplishments, not duties. Make a powerful statement for your resume using your accomplishments while treading on the path of modesty and truthfulness. This is very important.

4. Resume not tailored to the Job

A resume must be tailored to a particular position, demonstrating what value you’re bringing to the job. Through your research of the organization and the job description, you’ll know whether you fit into the position or not as well as how best to tailor your resume.

5. Font Type

As ordinary as this may seem, it can be the difference between whether you get the job or not. This is because if you use fonts that the employer cannot read, though fancy, it could cost you the job. Consider using a suitable font size that is clear and readable in PDF and on paper.

5. Too long or too Short

It is advisable that you limit yourself to a maximum of two pages in your resume. This is just so it doesn’t turn out to be too long or too short. Remember that employers have tons of resumes to go through so you want to stick to the meat of the matter as you write.

6. A bad Objective

When writing your resume, tailor it in such a way that it reflects the employer’s needs, not just yours. Reveal how you intend to meet the employer’s need and how working with the organization meets your needs as well. Here’s a good example: “A challenging entry-level marketing position that allows me to contribute my skills and experience in fund-raising for nonprofits.”

7. Incomplete Information

Resist the temptation to offer incomplete information by leaving out relevant information about previous jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for school. Do not underestimate the relevance of soft skills and experience to the employer.

8. Incorrect Contact Information

While in a hurry to submit your resume, you may place the wrong contact information. This is risky because your potential employer won’t be able to reach you. Therefore, take your time to check and double-check that all your details are accurate and up to date. This is one of the common mistakes international students make when writing a resume.

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