Starting Your Career
Building a Resume
Four Resume Don’ts
Your resume provides that all-important first impression. One misspelled word will show a lack of attention and can decrease your chances for getting an interview. Watch out for these common mistakes.
- Poor spelling/grammar
Don’t depend just on your computer’s spell-checker. Have someone else read your resume. Spelling and grammar mistakes can land your resume in the electronic trash bin.
- Overstating your experience
Your resume is meant to be a tool to sell yourself. Don’t exaggerate your experiences. Exaggerating can set up unreasonable expectations. Although it may get you the interview, it won’t get you through the interview.
- Providing too much information
Don’t crowd your resume. A resume choking with words is like someone who can’t stop talking. Give your reader room to breathe. Add white space and convert sentences to bullets when possible.
- Being too generic
When it comes to describing yourself and how you’re a good fit for a job, be specific. For example, if you’re applying at a high-volume restaurant, “customer service experience” is not as good as “managed the rush after home games.”