Resume Writing No-No’s:
(and you can relax now, there’s really only 7 listed here — whewww!)
- NO TYPPOS!!!! You KNEW that, I know! (And yes, I know there aren’t supposed to be too, I mean two P’s in typos, to . . I mean too!) . . . but you’d be surprised just how many resumes have mistakes – and more than won (err, one)! (ugh!)
- Spell check first, then proofread, then read it backwards (this really helps you catch stuff!), then have someone else proofread it. (Oh, and make the needed changes, too!)
- Check NOT just for spelling misteaks mistakes, but also for incorrect word usage that spell check won’t catch – there/their/they’re, ‘from’ when you meant ‘form’, things like that.
- No colors or graphics (font or paper color).
- Exception: graphic design field
- No resumes over 2 pages long! Period.
- Weellll, the exception is a professor or executive with extensive experience. Then your ‘resume’ becomes a more detailed ‘curriculum vitae’. (see my post on 1 vs. 2 pages here)
- No personal information such as hobbies or marital status, or photos!
- The first two examples are really really old school & outdated and the last two could be legal issues. Just keep it professional.
- No “first person” language.
- Bad example: “ I made up the curriculum for my class.” No no! And not: “I was in charge of personnel and ordering.”
- Instead, the use action verbs and pertinent details. The correct “resume lingo” is: “Wrote curriculum for 5th Grade Honors Journalism class.” and “Managed personnel issues and ordered all company office supplies.”
- No fancy fonts or teeny tiny print size
- Keep it simple and professional and large enough for strained eyes to read easily. Font size 10 is pushing it . . . 11 or 12 are better. Always strive to make your resume as easy for the reader to read as possible, and that starts with font style and size.
- No listing references on a resume (or even adding “References Upon Request” – they know that, and will ask for them when they’re ready for ’em.) You’ll want to have a nicely typed up list of at least three professional references ready for them when they do put out that request!