If you’re looking for a job, your resume is a potential employer’s first introduction to you, the first piece of the hiring puzzle that needs to make a good impression. You want to grab their attention and have them read the whole thing, which can be tricky to do. While there’s plenty you can do to make sure your resume comes across in an attractive and concise manner, there are also certain things you shouldn’t do.
Sure, you know to check for spelling errors and make sure you didn’t cut and paste with a different font, and we know you already know you shouldn’t use an AOL email address, but we rounded up just a few more things you should avoid.
Miriam Salpeter is the owner and founder of Keppie Careers, a coaching and consulting firm that helps job seekers and entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Here, Miriam shares her top 5 tips of what not to do on a resume.
Don't lie by omission. Listing a place you went to college, assuming people will think you graduated, is not wise. And while you may choose to leave a short-term employer off your resume, don't list anything intended to deceive someone on your materials. (Don't be surprised if a detailed employer finds out about everywhere you have ever worked!)
Do not embellish. Use official titles, not something you made up, and don't say you accomplished anything you did not.
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