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Creating a professional-looking resume.
For most jobs on, the employers or recruiters receive anywhere from 20 to 200 resumes, depending on the types of positions. Your resume reflects your professionalism. A poor resume with typos, grammatical mistakes are immediately deleted or cross-docked to the shredder. A professional appearance and the ability to quickly view the highlights of your qualifications will make you stand out from the competition. Some typical resume mistakes include:

1. Dishonesty and Exaggeration
The first rule of any resume is to
be honest. Do not create an imaginary degree. Instead, list any training or educational forums you may have attended. Do not exaggerate your qualifications, achievements or knowledge of systems. Just be honest.
2. Undue Modesty
For many professionals,
the hardest part of writing a resume is saying nice things about themselves. Accordingly, they tend to downplay their credentials and ass-u-me the recruiter will either read between the lines or ask the relevant questions in an interview. Wrong. You won't make the interview and they won't ask. Make sure your talents and significant achievements are clearly displayed from get-go.
3. Too Much Information
Restrict your resume to
one page for entry level, two pages for management and a maximum of three pages for executive positions.
This does not mean you need to reduce the font and create long paragraphs.
Keep all points as succinct as possible with lots of white space on a well formatted document. Recruiters will not read long paragraphs and do not need to know every aspect of your life.
4. Amateurish Resume Format
You can't judge a book by looking at the cover. But when you have hundreds of books to review, this adage no longer applies. The initial appearance of your resume sets the tone for the recruiter. It must be attractive and well laid out for easy speed reading. Consider the format you would use to make a presentation to the senior management group of your company. It is not a long drawn out, wordy report, but rather a succinct, point form series of slides that summarize all the pertinent issues. Your resume should be modeled on the same criteria yet provide enough content to portray your professional abilities.
5. Overly Wordy Paragraphs
Too many resumes resemble the prologue to an obscure business book, with wordy prose and long paragraphs. The authors are attempting to list every attribute and minor achievement within the recommended two pages.
It is difficult to read, and GUESS WHAT:
Nobody will ever read it!
6. Exhaustively listing every responsibility
Many resumes go into great depth on the candidates' responsibilities. Some even copy the responsibility directly from the Human Resources handbook of Job descriptions. So what if you had all those responsibilities? Did you do a good job at running the operation? The last person who had your job also had the same responsibilities and got fired, perhaps. Summarize the responsibilities in as few sentences as possible, then show your achievements. This is what the recruiters are looking for!
8. Stressing your "30 years experience" in logistics
Be proud that you have this tenure and all the experience, skills and cunning to go with it. However, rightly or wrongly, in the real world, some recruiters will pass you over for a younger candidate. This does not mean that you should hide the experience, just avoid leading off with this statement. Let the recruiter deduce your vast experience after being dazzled by your unique qualifications. Be subtle. Remember the old adage:
Old age and treachery will soon overcome youth and skill."
9. Posting your resume "anonymously" with your name and address in it
Some job seekers prefer to post their resumes on job sites anonymously. It is amazing how many people who post their resumes anonymously, due to haste and carelessness, include their name, address and telephone number within the resume. This is often due to filling in all the registration data anonymously, then copy and pasting their resume into the required box. Alternatively, some anonymous seekers successfully post their anonymous resumes on the boards, but expose their names with their e-mail address (ie, These are easy mistakes to make. You can get a free alternate E-mail address at,, etc. In summary, if you wish to remain anonymous, review, and if necessary, edit your resume on the board to make sure you have successfully eliminated an audit trail!
10. Providing irrelevant personal information
Avoid unnecessary personal information. It is not necessary to provide information on family matters, age, gender, race, hobbies, external interests, etc. Stick to relevant business information. Also, don’t waste space on references, unless of course the person is world famous, such as Colin Powell or Donald Trump. Recruiters will ask for references after they’ve contacted you.
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