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99 mistakes that job seekers make
Here are 99 mistakes to avoid when searching for a job:
1. No address listed on your resume: How can employers know if you are local to the job if they don't know where you live?
2. Too many phone numbers on your resume: Just list the number at which it is easiest to reach you (normally your cell phone is best).
3. An email address that is unprofessional or too revealing on your resume: If your email includes 1973, I will assume that is the year you were born.
4. A summary or objective that is too generic on your resume: If you try to reach everyone with the same message, you'll reach no one.
5. Not changing your resume for every job: see comments above.
6. Using too much underlining or bold on your resume- If everything is highlighted, nothing stands out.
7. Including every job you have ever held on a resume: The resume is a marking piece, not a life history.
8. Putting education first when the work experience is more important on your resume.
9. Putting work experience first when the education is more important on your resume.
10. Including work experience that is more than 20 years old on your resume.
11. Including dates of graduation when you finished college more than 20 years ago on your resume.
12. Failing to include computer skills on your resume because you assume that it is obvious you have those skills.
13. Listing Microsoft Office under computer skills on your resume when you don't know Access.
14. Listing Microsoft Office on your resume and assuming keyword searches for Word, Excel or PowerPoint will bring up your resume in results.
15. Failing to use bullet point on your resume to break up job descriptions. Think of a large paragraph as a big cookie. It is hard to chew. Make it more digestible with bullet points.
16. Only describing your job duties and not listing accomplishments on your resume.
17. Listing generic soft skills (team player, hardworking, go getter) without proving them on your resume.
18. References Upon Request- Of course! No reason to write this anymore on your resume.
19. A resume that is more than two pages (with the exception of those candidates with C-Suite level experience or in the world of education/academic). It is