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Avoiding Common Resume Blunders

Part of the Australian Resumes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to write the perfect resume for modern recruiters you need to know what irritates them as they sift through piles of job applications. Here’s a list of resume mistakes that really irk recruiters:

  • Omitting contact details: This sounds like a no-brainer but always include your name, address, telephone numbers, email address and URL (if applicable) in your resume. List your contact details at the top of the page, so they stand out.

  • Putting in unnecessary personal details: Leave out information such as date of birth, marital status, gender and religion in your resume. This information is irrelevant and not job-related.

  • Telling all: Don’t divulge personal information in your resume. Nobody cares what your partner does, how many children you have, what schools they attend, the number of pets you own.

  • Using silly email addresses: Stick to using conservative email addresses that sound professional.

  • Sending your resume off to the wrong person: This creates a bad impression and recruiters won’t take you or your resume seriously.

  • Including photographs: You may have been blessed with good looks but that won’t get you a job.

  • Including salary information: Remuneration matters are best brought up in the interview.

  • Making typos and grammatical errors: Recruiters have zero tolerance for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Don’t rely solely on the spellchecker to catch errors.

  • Making your resume too long: Recruiters don’t want to read a novel. Limit your resume to around four pages (unless you’re an executive).

  • Attaching wads of paper: Only attach certificates and reference letters when requested.

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