Sending in application after application can get frustrating quickly, especially if you’re not receiving any requests for an interview. Is it simply that every job opening is ridiculously competitive, or are you doing something wrong? Yes, it’s often the former, but it’s also probably time to go over your materials with a fine-tooth comb.

Below are nine common resume mistakes job seekers make that keep them from making it to the next round. Are you avoiding all of these?

  1. Keep irrelevant work experience off unless there’s no other way to show crucial soft skills that are necessary for this job. (The Undercover Recruiter)
  2. In other words, make sure your resume is tailored to the job you want. (The Daily Muse)
  3. Get rid of generic filler phrases like “result-oriented” and “self-motivated” and give examples of those traits instead. (Experience)
  4. Additionally, focus on being able to describe hard skills and use keywords. Hiring managers and recruiters are looking for specific abilities; make it easy for them! (LiveCareer)
  5. It’s time to drop unnecessary additions that just take up space, like an objective statement, your hobbies, and your references. (Business Insider)
  6. Does your resume come across as too “me, me, me?” Fix that. (Inc.)
  7. Is your format professional enough? Try one of these 283 options that you can create in Microsoft Word (so no fancy design skills needed!). (Hloom)
  8. It seems silly, but make sure your email address is professional. It’s shocking how many people still don’t. (Consultant Journal)
  9. Finally, read my lips: Proofread. (Grammarly)


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