It’s a common question we get at Kforce – how can I make my resume stand out? The first key is to keep your resume clear and concise. However, when describing your professional career it is also important to understand what you should and should not include when writing your resume.
Here are a few resume blunders to steer clear from:
1.) False or Irrelevant Information
When a recruiter or employer first views your resume, the first item that may catch their eye is your experience. Therefore, it is crucial to convey your true skills and prior roles, and not exaggerate or misrepresent your past experience. When it comes time for an interview, a recruiter or employer will likely ask you to elaborate on these skills and previous roles, so it is important to be upfront and honest on your resume first.
Additionally, here are a few more details to leave off your resume:
- Hobbies or other irrelevant experience
- Incorrect contact information
2.) Salary Requirements and Human Resource Concerns
If you’re working with a recruiter or staffing specialist, it may be okay to disclose the salary range you would consider, but you should not include it on your resume. This not only poses a red flag for a hiring manger, but may even limit your opportunity to ask for a higher wage!
Don’t forget to keep your resume professional by avoiding details that are not typically relevant to the position you’re applying for. Steer clear of disclosing any personal information, including:
- Political affiliation
- Sexual preference
- Social security number
- Health issues
3.) Poor Word Choices, Grammar and Formatting
While it is important to provide clear and accurate information on your resume, you should also highlight your experience with descriptive language. Challenge yourself to stay away from overusing the phrase “responsible for”. Instead, use strong verbs and phrases related to your experience, such as “improved quality assurance for a million dollar company” or “managed and supported financials for a Big 4 firm”. Another tip is to tweak your resume based on the job you’re applying for. Just be sure not to copy the job description word-for-word!
Finally, when you think your resume is complete, make sure to use spell check or have a friend review it to ensure there are no grammatical errors. It is also important to avoid the first person point of view, or using the word “I”. Employers and recruiters should know exactly who you are if your name is clearly labeled at the top of your resume.
Here are a few other details to remember when writing a resume:
- Keep your resume 1-2 pages in length
- Clearly organize your resume with headings, bullet points and proper spacing
- Include the month and year of previous roles
- Use a combination of job duties and accomplishments to describe previous roles
Once you have perfected your resume and land an interview, don’t forget to review Kforce’s top interview questions.