Everyone has their own opinions on how to write a resume with their own list of what works and what doesn’t. So what is the correct way to write a resume? What makes one resume better than another resume? Is there even a concrete answer?
 
One thing that is certain, time after time, resumes are submitted with easily avoidable mistakes. Because of these mistakes, many capable candidates are overlooked and not considered for positions where they might excel.

An article from Forbes titled “Five Top Resume Turnoffs”, by Briana Meade, a freelance writer and blogger, outlines many helpful hints to consider when developing a resume. She explains in her article that the following five mistakes are the top resume turnoffs:

  1. Not enough “white space.”
  2. No results- oriented language.
  3. Resume is too long.
  4. No quantitative numbers.
  5. Not confident enough.

This list is consistent with what I see in resumes. These mistakes are made daily and can be the difference between getting that job and getting overlooked.

It is extremely important to take these factors into consideration when constructing a resume, regardless of the level of expertise or resume type. With the increase in competition in the employment market, positions are getting harder and harder to land. Your resume may be one of a few hundred submitted for a particular position – don’t let a simple mistake disqualify you before you even get the opportunity to interview. A properly constructed resume can give you a big advantage and help you land your dream role.