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Common Resume Writing Mistakes

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: January 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

Caught a good video at Business regarding the most common resume writing mistakes.

The host, Louise Kursmark, discusses the problems with:

Cookie Cutter Summaries

These are summaries that could apply to anyone. Generic words are used (eg: accomplished, professional, skilled) that provide absolutely no hard information about the candidate.

Summaries That are Too Long

Some individuals make the mistake of putting everything, no matter how insignificant, into their openings summaries. Some of these may be as lengthy as a full page. No hiring manager wants to read that.

Summaries That Lack Accomplishments

To me, this is the greatest problem of all. When you’re competing against dozens, perhaps hundreds, of equally qualified candidates, you have to differentiate yourself. The only way you can do that is with quantified achievements.


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