Resume Writing 101: Top 10 Resume Faux Pas

  • Posted by: J. Kent Gervasini |
  • 2/12/12 |
  • 12:00 AM
Resume Writing 101: Top 10 Resume Faux Pas

Resume writing is not an exact science—it is an art and art is highly subjective. Even though volumes have been written about writing a resume, many remain somewhat confused about the process. Personal preferences of the author, even professional writers, many times overpower sound business judgment and presentation. These errors can undermine even the most talented professional's job search.

At J. Kent Staffing, we have seen millions of resumes in our 32 years of business and have a good sense of what makes a strong resume—and what weakens it. Here is a list of the Top 10 Resume Faux Pas:

  1. Too long
  2. Too verbose
  3. Too static
  4. Too flashy, ostentatious
  5. Too modest
  6. Disorganized and hard to follow
  7. Typographical, grammatical, or spelling errors
  8. Hard to read
  9. Not enough information
  10. Irrelevant or inappropriate information
Being aware of these resume faux pas can help steer your resume out of the pile and into the hands of your next employer. Keep checking in to J. Kent Staffing's blog for more articles on resume writing and your career path!
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