10 Most Common Resume & Cover Letter Mistakes
Your cover letter and resume is often your first introduction to a potential employer. And we all know how important that first impression can be!
Research has shown that recruiters spend an average of just 6 seconds reading a resume before deciding if it is heading towards the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile.
In a competitive job market your resume and cover letter need to be perfect. Which of these frequent mistakes, which can have you heading to the ‘No’ pile, are you guilty of?
- Spelling and grammatical mistakes.
- A photo is not needed in Australia.
- Do not refer to religion or marital status.
- Misaligned numbering and bullet points are not acceptable.
- Different bullet formatting should not be used throughout.
- Work and education experience should be in reverse chronological order starting from the most recent.
- A resume should be a snapshot not an essay.
- Be sure to have an appropriate email address such as email@example.com
- Use formal communication, not abbreviations or slang, whilst using common language.
- Personalise your cover letter to the job you are applying for.