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?

  1. Spelling and grammatical mistakes.
  2. A photo is not needed in Australia.
  3. Do not refer to religion or marital status.
  4. Misaligned numbering and bullet points are not acceptable.
  5. Different bullet formatting should not be used throughout.
  6. Work and education experience should be in reverse chronological order starting from the most recent.
  7. A resume should be a snapshot not an essay.
  8. Be sure to have an appropriate email address such as yourname@gmail.com
  9. Use formal communication, not abbreviations or slang, whilst using common language.
  10. Personalise your cover letter to the job you are applying for.

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