If you’re an entry-level employee, chances are you don’t have a lot of resume-writing experience. Inexperience in job hunting can hurt your attempts to break into your career, but as a new entrant into the industry, you’re unlikely to know all the tips and tricks to creating a great resume. Identifying these mistakes can help you
Mistakes on Entry-Level Resumes
While you’re certainly aware of the proliferation of typos and grammatical errors on resumes, you may have made mistakes on entry-level resumes without even knowing it. Unfortunately, these mistakes aren’t always common knowledge, and traditional wisdom about resume writing can lead you astray. Here are a few common mistakes on entry-level resumes to avoid.
Lack of an Internet Presence
If you’ve spent hours poring over your resume and making sure it’s absolutely perfect, you’ve probably neglected your LinkedIn profile. After all, isn’t that just a nebulous way of checking out what your college classmates are up to without obvious social media stalking? No, actually: most prospective employers check out their serious prospects on LinkedIn, and if your presence is non-existent or doesn’t match up with your resume, they’re going to think you’re unable to stay up-to-date on current trends.
Too Much Information
Sure, you’re probably too smart to put your interest in Warhammer figurines and your past romantic history on your resume, but there’s probably a lot of information on there that doesn’t need to be. One of the most common mistakes on entry-level resumes is too much information. Do you really need employers to know your about your blue-ribbon win at the horse show when you were 15? You may be very proud of these accomplishments, and rightfully so, but keep the information on your resume relevant.
It’s been said time and time again that keywords are important to have on your resume. Both general and industry-specific keywords should show up on your resume, and without them, you may end up getting passed up for the perfect job. Mistakes on entry-level resumes are common, and this is one mistake that happens way more often than it should. While you don’t want to stuff it full of non-sequitur keywords, there should be enough on your resume to get noticed.
Typos and Grammatical Errors
All too often, mistakes on entry-level resumes are typographical in nature. Misspelling homophones like “our” and “are” are common because they get through spell check, and misusing plural or possessive forms of nouns are also common errors. You’ve looked at your resume so often that you may become blind to these mistakes, so the best way to combat proofreading ennui is to have someone else look at it. They’re more likely to notice mistakes.
One Size Fits All Resumes
Another common mistake on entry-level resumes is blanket-style, generic resumes that are not specific to the job you’re applying for. This is common with younger professionals because they have less experience and thus less to work with on their resumes. Try to at least reword your resume to include specific key phrases from the job description so that the hiring manager knows you read it and understand what that particular job will entail. Don’t go overboard and start copying and pasting, but it should be clear from your resume that you read and understand the job description.
Avoiding these common mistakes on entry-level resumes is a good way to make sure it gets past the initial screen and gets to the next level. Your resume is a small slice of your professional life, so it should be as mistake-free as possible. Use these tips and others from LiveCareer’s Resume Builder to craft the best resume possible.