5 things you should never put on your resume

In life there are few rewards without risk. Take your dream job for example. If you want to achieve that position that you have dreamed of, you have to make a great first impression.

When you apply, it all comes down to your resume. Every little detail makes a big difference. For example, a small mistake can put you out of the running for a job for which you are qualified.

In this article, we’ll tell you about the biggest mistakes to avoid, from simple things like typos to big mistakes like omitting relevant unpaid experience. Some of these mistakes may surprise you, especially since they are easy to make. Here are five resume messes to avoid, offered by our sponsor, LinkedIn

1. So you know how to avoid spelling mistakes. But how do you do that?

A good way to make sure you don’t make stupid mistakes is to use some free online editors. For instance, typely is a free, easy and reliable tool that edits your resumes, essays, creative writing and more.

All you have to do is go to the site, open the editor, clear the sample text (which you see on the left side of the image below), and you’re good to go. This is what the website looks like:

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You can copy and paste anything you’ve already written. You can also just write to edit hands as you go.

typely notices all types of errors from typographical errors to clichés, redundancy, swearing, consistency and more. Not only that, but it also analyzes your writing statistics such as characters, words, reading time, reading difficulties, and vocabulary. (Most interestingly, it can analyze your sentiment to let you know if you’re coming across as positive or negative.)

In addition, you can use Typely to manage or export documents to Google Docs. There’s also the option to generate a PDF report or even use a text-to-speech program to see how your words sound to your readers. Overall, you get a ton of useful features without spending a dime.

You may also want to check out Grammarly, a comprehensive spelling and grammar checker.

2. Don’t use an old and unprofessional email address

If you’re still using the same address you had when you were 12, it’s time to stop. Create a new inbox for your professional needs with your first and last name so people know it’s you.

If you have something vague like [email protected], it will seem confusing to recruiters. They may even wonder if you’re a bot account rather than a legit applicant.

Plus, seeing your personal email can be a little embarrassing for your boss. If you’ve ever put it online, they can search the web and discover potentially unsavory places you’ve been.

Think about every website you’ve ever signed up for with this email. Chances are at least one of them is weird to explain to an employer.

Even if it didn’t, it was probably involved in some kind of data breach (these are so common that almost no person is immune). That’s another way your boss can see where you’ve been online. Even if that doesn’t embarrass you, it can still feel like an invasion of privacy. Tap or click here for a quick and free way to find out if your email has ever been leaked in a data breach.

3. Don’t write a wall of text

You can have the most excellent piece of writing in the world. It can detail your work experience and how it fits perfectly with the position you are applying for. But if you format that text in a visually unappealing way, a recruiter won’t want to strain their eyes. They can throw away your resume and never find out how qualified you are.

So don’t shoot yourself in the foot by writing a long wall of text. If you’re not sure what we mean, think of a wall of text as one long paragraph that goes on and on. When viewed as a whole, it is like a brick wall: solid and impenetrable.

For example, look at this wall of text and try to figure out what’s wrong with it

While it describes the applicant’s skills and qualifications, it is not easy on the eyes. The distance between the lines is not far enough apart. Plus, all the lines are the same length, which makes it look repetitive. In short, it doesn’t captivate the viewer’s eyes at all.

Let’s break this paragraph down a bit using the Shift and Tab keys on the keyboard. (We’ve also changed the spacing so it’s left-aligned, which gives us more breathing room on the right.)

Now check out this reformatted text below. The dashes at the front of each paragraph make it a little easier to read:

However, it’s still not as good as it could be. A good step you can take is to use different colors for eye-catching headlines on your resume. For example, let’s reformat the text above into two separate sections: Personal Profile and Key Strengths.

In this way you bring some clarity to your CV. The recruiter’s eyes can travel around the page more easily because you’ve added visual indicators that say, “Hey! Important stuff here!”

Remember, you want to avoid the first example at all costs. This third example (the one on the right above) shows how to break through walls of text.

Tips to live by

Of course, it’s a pretty difficult habit to break. If you’re not sure how to avoid a wall of text, follow these rules:

Use short paragraphs. Try to write no more than three to four lines. Headers and colors help. They reduce eye strain and help the recruiter focus on what’s important. Limit your column size† If it is too wide, it will look like a brick wall.

According to Liberty University, a gigantic wall of copies is daunting and will put off readers. That’s why you should always avoid them when writing resumes! After all, you want the recruiter to learn more about you — and the best way to ensure that is with a clean, easy-to-read design.

4. Whatever you do, don’t pull a Pinocchio

You want everything on your resume to be 100% accurate. Keep in mind that recruiters for a job often pull incredibly in-depth background reviews on potential employees. Picture a detective pulling out a huge magnifying glass.

If they catch you in a lie, it will destroy your credibility in the water. It can be like exaggerating a former job title, like saying you were a manager when you really were a cashier. Or maybe you’re trying to say you’ve worked longer on a particular position than you actually did.

If a recruiter is especially interested in you, they can call former employers to check some facts. If they find out you’ve spun yarn, so to speak, they’ll probably toss that resume you worked so hard on.

After all, honesty is the best policy! Speaking of fairness, here’s another mistake you might be making. Avoid this as soon as possible.

5. Don’t Apply For Fake Jobs

We understand it. Fake job postings can fall easily. Scammers have put in a lot of work to make them look as authentic as possible. But if you send your resume to a fraudulent job posting, you’re handing your full name, email, and phone number on a silver platter.

Tap or click here to spot scam jobs. (We even put together a few stories about fake jobs that people fell for!)

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