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Top 10 Common Entry-Level Resume Blunders

Top 10 Common Entry-Level Resume Blunders

Kim Isaacs Monster.com

August 11, 2009

Make sure your resume is in top-notch shape by avoiding the top 10 resume blunders:

1. Too Focused on Job Duties

Your resume should not be a boring list of job duties and responsibilities. Go beyond showing what was required and demonstrate how you made a difference at each company, providing specific examples. When developing your achievements, ask yourself:

• How did you perform the job better than others?

• What were the problems or challenges faced? How did you overcome them? What were the results? How did the company benefit from your performance?

• Did you receive any awards, special recognitions or promotions as a result?

2. Flowery or General Objective Statement

Many candidates lose their readers in the beginning. Statements such as “a challenging position enabling me to contribute to organizational goals while offering an opportunity for growth and advancement” are overused, too general and waste valuable space. If you’re on a career track, replace the objective with a tagline stating what you do or your expertise.

3. Too Short or Too Long

Many people try to squeeze their experiences onto one page, because they’ve heard resumes shouldn’t be longer. By doing this, job seekers may delete impressive achievements. Other candidates ramble on about irrelevant or redundant experiences. There is no rule about appropriate entry-level resume length. When writing your resume, ask yourself, “Will this statement help me land an interview?” Every word should sell you, so include only the information that elicits a “yes.”

4. Using Personal Pronouns and Articles

A resume is a form of business communication, so it should be concise and written in a telegraphic style. There should be no mentions of “I” or “me,” and only minimal use of articles. For example:

“I developed a new product that added $2 million in sales and increased the market segment’s gross margin by 12%.”

Should be changed to:

“Developed new product that added $2 million in sales and increased market segment’s gross margin by 12%.”

5. Listing Irrelevant Information

Many people include their interests, but they should include only those relating to the job. For example, if a candidate is applying for a position as a ski instructor, he should list cross-country skiing as a hobby.

Personal information, such as date of birth, marital status, height and weight, normally should not be on the resume unless you’re an entertainment professional or job seeker outside the US.


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    11 months ago

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    over 1 year ago

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    over 2 years ago

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    jeudecombat

    over 2 years ago

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    septphire

    over 3 years ago

    12 comments

    Great article. I think I will go over my resume once more just to be sure I am exempt from these "top 10."

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    MarilynMinni

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Great reminders and points. I will incorporate and update my resume. Thanks

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    over 3 years ago

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    holdynb

    over 3 years ago

    12 comments

    Great Advice! The resume game is perhaps the hardest part of it all. I often compare it to a college application (essay and all). You have one chance to peak their interest and if your resume for WHATEVER reason doesn't do so, or is not properly formatted or has any typo you can risk losing your one chance. Is it fair, maybe not, but consider this: if you are an employer and you have a stack of 60-100 resumes of pretty much all somewhat qualified candidates you, like the college admissions office, have to constantly think "why this person is not a match," rather than "why this person is a match." This makes the selection process easier. So if your resume makes it very difficult or impossible for an employer to have "why not" reasons then you are on the right track.

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    Blythe

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Thanks. Your tips on how to prepare a resume for the very first time are really useful. Its an insight into what is expected from a professional environment.

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    sherrychao

    almost 4 years ago

    24 comments

    what is wrong with, i'm great at what i do, i'll do whatever you tell me too and it will be just the way you want it. i'll try to read your mind and sense what to do next. call my references, they will tell you!

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    sherrychao

    almost 4 years ago

    24 comments

    who makes up these resume rules??? i took a class years ago, i've gone on so many sites and they all have different techniques. i'm starting to like the idea of standing in boston with a sign on lol!

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    paulassiter

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Be very careful when creating a resume. Use standard English (no informal words) and good grammar. The ability to write without errors is essential, and spelling counts! Resumes need no $50 words if a simple one will do. Proofread and ask others to proofread before you put yourself out there.

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    SChristophel

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Excellent article, it made me reconsider my own resume.

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