We often talk about things you need to do on your resume. Equally important are the things you should do.
Even if you did some of the same tasks in a different job or different position, don’t simply copy and paste. Instead use different words, highlight what was different, how the outcome was different, how you approached the situation differently.
A mess of formats
Sometimes as we update resumes, add and subtract from them the formatting gets messed up. Fonts inadvertently change, sizes switch, different types of bullets show up. When you are editing your resume make sure you go over it and ensure it’s a uniform, professional looking document.
Don’t let spell check do all the work
If you think you can let spell check be your editor, you need to completely rethink your staff. Spell check will certainly catch a lot, but it will also automatically rewrite words it doesn’t recognize. Re-read your resume several times to ensure it says exactly what you want it to say, and then get other people to proof it for you again!
Don’t mistake a job title for a personal statement
You might want to become a marketing manager but so do a million other people. Instead of going with a job title, create a personal statement about your skills and ambitions and use that as the descriptor for the job you’re after.
Waste the real estate
You have so little space on the resume to capture the hiring manager’s attention while highlighting all of your interesting, captivating attributes. A resume is no place to list your particular like of Bengal cats or adult coloring. If you have space for extracurricular activities talk about things you’ve done to improve your professional status or volunteering activities that benefited others.