No matter where you stand with your job, even if you have just started, it’s in your best interest to always keep an updated resume handy if an opportunity arises. You never know who you might meet, when you may get laid off or when you stumble across something new that might interest you. In addition to having your resume up to date, you want to make sure to avoid these simple faux pas in your curriculum vitae:
Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling Errors: When it comes to your resume, first impressions count for almost everything. A potential employer will only take a minute or two when reading the piece of paper that represents you. Any typo or other random mistake will make you look uneducated as well as sloppy. Why would your boss think you will be motivated to do a good job if you’re so careless? Get at least one friend (who knows proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling) to check you resume several times before you submit it. [Did you catch the error in that last sentence?]
Lies – Even Little Ones: Some people feel that in order to get a job, they need to exaggerate their credentials. It’s simply not worth the risk not to mention that it is wrong. If you happen to get caught fibbing in regard to your credentials, education or work experience on your resume, you”re unlikely to get the job. Even worse, by doing so you place your entire career at risk because if you get the job and they find out later, your resume lies could be grounds for dismissal.
Too Long: A resume should only carry the pertinent and most important facts about you. No one wants to read about the ancient history course you took or experience that is irrelevant to the job. Keep it short and sweet and you’re much more likely to be called back for an interview.
Unclear Relevance To The Job: A big mistake many people make when creating their resume is that they make it about themselves or what they have done. This is not what a resume is supposed to exhibit. Ideally, your resume should be about what skills and assets you bring so that you can meet the employer’s needs.
So get your resume in shape if it isn’t already up-to-date paying special attention to the above simple mistakes. If you spend the time and effort to put your best foot forward on paper with potential employers, it will pay off.