3 Horrible Resume Mistakes that Make You Look Bad!

by Catapult Leaders

Do you ever wonder why you are not getting a single call to interview after applying to hundreds of jobs? We here at Catapult Leaders have reviewed more than 10,000 resumes. We’ve learned that chances are, your resume is holding you back. Make sure you aren’t committing these 3 egregious resume mistakes.

1. Writing About Your Job Assignments Instead of What You Accomplished in Each Role

In order to stand out from the many other resumes that the hiring manager will evaluate, you must highlight how what you did led to higher sales, greater profit, increased efficiency, problems you solved, awards you received, more effective organization…better results of some type for your organization and/or better performance caused by you in comparison to a previous time period or competitor.

Results. Results. Results. You need to show that you are a winner in a very competitive marketplace. You must show how you made a positive difference. Use specific examples. Use numbers to quantify your accomplishments.

2. Typographical Errors and Grammar Mistakes

Do whatever you need to do such that you don’t have any misspellings or grammar foul-ups in your resume. Few things upset a hiring manager more than a resume with run-on sentences, sentence fragments, errors in apostrophe use, pronoun disagreement, or lack of subject/verb agreement. And typos should result in a firing squad! If your resume is not perfect, then you allow the hiring manager to question your education and intelligence. Enlist a friend who is an English nerd or pay a pro to review your resume for typos and grammatical errors. Your future is on the line.

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3. Not Using Action Words and Numbers

“It’s a sorry dog that won’t wag its own tail.” You must use powerful action words to describe what you do on the job. Action words – backed up by numbers – attract the attention and support of hiring managers. If you don’t use action words, you are asking to be ignored and to have your resume dumped in the circular file. Below are just a few examples of action words you should find a way to use in your resume. There are many more action words than shown on our list. However, this is a good place to start.

Accelerated

Accomplished

Achieved

Acquired

Acted As

Advanced

Amplified

Boosted

Built

Collaborated With

Compiled

Completed

Composed

Constructed

Created

Delivered

Designed

Developed

Devised

Directed

Drafted

Enabled

Enacted

Engaged In

Enhanced

Established

Executed

Expanded

Expedited

Facilitated

Finished

Fixed

Forged

Formulated

Fostered

Generated

Grew

Guided

Headed

Hosted

Improved

Initiated

Invented

Made

Managed

Maximized

Mentored

Mobilized

Navigated

Negotiated

Operated

Orchestrated

Organized

Outpaced

Overhauled

Oversaw

Perfected

Performed

Piloted

Pioneered

Produced

Put Together

Raised

Rebuilt

Resolved

Secured

Set Up

Spearheaded

Trained

Now that you know the 3 horrendous resume mistakes all recruiting managers find cringe-worthy, shape up your resume and go get the job of your dreams.

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