In my 20 years of recruiting for all types of industries, I’ve found some of the most common mistakes on a resume to be:
As crazy as it sounds – misspelled words leads the list!
Yes, we all know there is “spell check” but I find that many people do not actually READ their own resumes. For instance: there is such a thing as a manger, but probably not what you mean when talking about the person you report to (manager). Spell check will not catch this because it’s actually a word! Please. Read your own resume. Have a friend read it. Have THREE friends read it!
Inconsistent dates or non-specific dates
Please, please be specific about the dates of employment. Why? Because if you put “2008 to 2009” what does that really tell the recruiter? Not much. You could have worked from December 31st, 2008 to January 1st, 2009. 2 days. Or… you could have worked from January 1st, 2008 to December 31st, 2009. 2 years. Big difference. If a recruiter has to wonder about that, he or she may just pass you up.
Happy job searching!