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We consulted the experts, so you can learn about some of the most common mistakes made in resumes. We’ll analyze this senior software engineer resume sample to highlight three missteps that you want to avoid when creating your own resume.
While it may seem simple, it is still worth saying – make sure to proofread every time you make a change and then before finalizing your resume. Spellcheck is a great tool that will catch misspelled words, but it isn’t some miracle tool. It won’t catch grammar mistakes, wrong word usage and other errors. It is also important to note that grammar check won’t usually catch tricky errors, like if something doesn’t read clearly or if you have used a homonym. That is why you have to proofread no matter how many checking tools you run. In this sample resume, there is a huge error that will leave hiring managers scratching their heads. In the Experience section, there is a listing that says Software Engineer, 02/2013. It doesn’t provide any additional details and is out of chronological order if it is meant to be a job listing. It is possible that this was a very short term job that the applicant decided not to include but somehow the entry didn’t all get erased. There is no way to really understand what it means, which makes it stand out in a bad way. Besides being confusing, this could send up a red flag that there is something being hidden, which you definitely want to avoid. Proofreading would have caught this error easily.
Make the Resume As Concise As Possible
One thing that really stands out about this resume is how it is packed with information that is very repetitive. The chances are good that a hiring manager is going to stop reading this before finishing it. To fix the issue, this applicant could have condensed things a bit more. Let’s look at the first entry, which is listing three different projects. However, you may notice that the bullet lists under them are almost identical. This could have been condensed considerably into this: Senior Software Engineer, 03/2011 ? Current The Digital Group Inc. ? Princeton, NJ *Work on three projects: NRAI – EntityPro at CT Corp – NYC, FNPF(New Pension System) – FIJI and Case Vantage 7.0 *Design, develop, program and implement software applications and packages customized to meet specific client needs (Using Classic ASP, COM Components, C#, .Net 4.0, SQL-server 2012,Net 3.5, ASP.NET, SQL-server 2008, Silverlight 4.0, Java Script, and CSS) *Perform application configuration, changes to the work flows *Analysis, Design, Coding, Unit Testing, Code Review, Defect fixing, Migration, Offshore support *Review, repair and modify programs to ensure technical accuracy & reliability of programs *Perform test plan preparation and unit testing *Perform code review, bug fixing and status update *Design and present solutions and present it to the business *Data Analysis, Data Integration on SQL-server Database
Use Proper Verb Tense in the Experience Section
In the Experience section, a current position is the only one that should use present tense verbs. All past jobs should be written used past tense verbs. All verbs should be in first person. Avoid the urge to write in third person because the idea of a resume is that you are telling a hiring manager about yourself, much like you would in an interview. You wouldn’t speak in third person in an interview, so don’t do it in your resume. These three common mistakes are very easy to make, so keep them in mind as you work on your own resume. Get started now with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, and create your standout resume in minutes.