The Biggest Resume Mistakes


When we were wee pre-teens embezzled in rhinestoned, Juicy Couture track suits and Abercrombie tank tops, a certain “ordinary girl” who had “the best of both worlds” taught us that everybody makes mistakes. Seeing Miley’s recent pastie fiasco at Alexander Wang’s NYFW show after party, the ex-Disney sweetheart will certainly admit mistakes don’t disintegrate with age. The same applies to your resume. Even as your resume matures and lengthens with experience, mistakes are still prone to occur. In fact, the more jaded you become, the less likely you are to be critical enough of your resume. Mistake number one. Here are the rest of the biggest resume mistakes you’re making:

You’re going to cause the robo-apocalypse

With modern technology and word processors, typos are an impossibility, right? Wrong. The day we start trusting robots is the day that will mark the beginning of the robo-apocalypse. Not only is relying on your computer to fix your errors dangerous for the future of the entire world, it most likely won’t correct all of your errors, showing employers a lack of effort and detail-orientation put forth.  To combat this potential catastrophic cataclysm, try reading your resume from bottom to top or have a fresh set of eyes seek out errors. It’s the safer option.

Your resume will burn…

This is a mistake made over and over again! Make your resume one page. That’s it. Any additional pages will be burned. Think of it this way, for every 10 years of experience you may include a page. As interns, that’s most likely impossible, unless you were a 10-year-old prodigy. Not only are you not qualified to submit more than one page, 9 times out of 10 anything past the first page won’t even be read. Also, remember the sole purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. Once you’re in, then is your chance to elaborate. Keep it clear, concise, synthesized, and prioritized to one page for a winning resume.

Plain & simple

White paper. Black ink. 10 point font. Times New Roman. Half-inch margins. Nothing more.

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