8 Resume Mistakes That Could Cost You The Job

When creating your exciting and effective resume for your next fabulous healthcare IT position, keep in mind some of the basic no-nos.

1. Typos. Typos on a resume will turn off a hiring person in an instant. Most are simple mistakes. Have a friend double check your resume for errors.

2. Formatting. Extreme formatting may look great on your computer, but may not always transfer well when submitting to online job sites (just say NO to huge graphics that take up half a page). Hiring managers may not have the same type of word programming as you, so it may come out jumbled on their end.

3. Lack of Contact Information. Don’t forget this crucial information. I have come across many resumes where the client simply forgot to add it! No phone number, no phone call. Make sure yours is on there.

4. Lies. Do not provide false information on your resume for any reason. Employers perform background checks. And as my best friend always said, “Lies grow feet and come back to you.” Sage words, Rhonda!

5. Lack Of or Too Much Information. Providing only a sentence or two under each position is not enough to tell the hiring manager what you do/did. Give a little more detail. Highlight your accomplishments.

On the other hand, providing bullet after bullet of every detail of your entire professional career is not advisable either. Less is more. When writing your resume, keep in mind that the reader probably has 200 other resumes he/she has to review, too.

6. No Focus. With so much competition out there, it is important to stand out from other candidates. Having a “general” resume gives the reader a cloudy impression of your career. Be specific, focused and showcase your brand. What job do you want?  What do you specialize in?

7. Me, Me and Wait, More Me! While yes, your resume is about you, it’s also good to keep in mind that you are writing your resume for THEM. The Company. It’s not what the company can do for you, it’s what you can do for the company. Add relevant information and sell yourself.

8. White Space. Be sure not to smother the page with text. It’s good to give the resume some breathing space, so if this means omitting some information or bumping up to a second or third page, then that is what you need to do. Create interest by adding bullets or mini paragraphs.

With these 8 tips, your resume will have a darn good chance to stand up to any competitor!

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About the author


Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.


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