20 resume mistakes to watch out for (free PDF)

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Topic: Tech & Work
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The hiring landscape has changed in various ways over the past few years, but one thing remains the same: You need a strong resume to get your foot in the door. This ebook looks at some of the most common resume flaws that could scotch your chances of landing an interview.

From the ebook:

What is your resume? A hassle you must undergo to walk into an interview with any hope of getting hired? Or is it a history of your professional life—ready to be shared with others to make lasting, career-forging connections?

If you view your resume as nothing more than a hurdle, you probably don't take it as seriously as you should. But if you value it as a game-changer, you understand its importance. Unfortunately, those who are new to the world of resumes (and even seasoned jobseekers) often make mistakes that can take them out of contention. Here are 10 resume mistakes to watch out for.

Providing references
Don't include references. Don't even add "Available upon request." You're just wasting valuable real estate. If interviewers need references, they'll ask. Saying that your references are available upon request is like saying that you promise to come to work if hired. It's implied. Besides, the space on that single-page document is far too important to be used up by worthless statements.

Adding achievements that aren't
We get it. You were prom queen or you were voted most likely to succeed in business (without even trying) by your peers in high school. But consider this: Are those achievements really achievements? The last thing you need is to puff up your resume with awards that have no relevance for the career you're chasing after. If you were elected president of your school's computer club four years running or you were awarded a citizenship award for your volunteer work at a local community center ... then maybe we're talking. Academic achievements? Certainly. Just be judicious in choosing those highlights.
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