What are the Biggest Blunders Candidates Make on Their Resumes?

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With the average job opening getting about 250 applications, candidates need a great resume if they want to stand out.

Even if you have solid work experience and in-demand skills, one basic resume error can get you eliminated from the process. Consider the following massive blunders you could make on your resume and how to avoid them.

It’s hard to read

Forcing your reader to work hard to find the information they want is a big mistake. Research has shown hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds reading any given resume. If they don’t see what they’re trying to find right away, they move on to the next one.

Being mindful of this, make sure you properly feature your most prominent information. Use a layout that makes key information easy to find. Put your name and contact information at the top of the page. Below that, write a summary section that features your most impressive achievements. Use reverse chronological order when listing your work history and bullet points for job highlights, as opposed to a paragraph format.

Not customizing

Not customizing your resume to the position you’re seeking is a huge mistake. Develop a “master” resume document that you can tweak for every application based on what you see in the job description. Each job description places more emphasis on abilities and experience while downplaying other factors.

When you read the job posting, look for ways you can tweak your resume to show the hiring manager that you’ve read the description and can succeed in the role. This might mean adjusting bullet points in your work history to put the most relevant past duties front-and-center. Or, it could mean rewriting your professional summary to spotlight different accomplishments.


Too Much Information: Trying to include every single experience or job you’ve ever held is a great way to get your resume thrown in the garbage.

As opposed to the full breadth of your career, your resume ought to be a tight synopsis. You shouldn’t feel the need to confine your information to one page. However, your resume should not take half an hour to read. Start by including the essentials: Your contact information, work history, education and most valuable skills. Expand on basics with information that will interest your reader. If you have a long work history, think about condensing your first jobs into an ‘Early Career’ section, or leaving them off completely.

Using an ‘objective’ statement

Objective statements are unnecessary nowadays. So, instead of an objective statement, use a career overview or summary that discusses your biggest achievements. Like the rest of your resume, a summary section should be customized to reflect the job description and type of company.

At NSC Technologies, we help job seekers develop targeted resumes based on our deep knowledge of the labor market. If you’re currently looking for job search assistance, please contact us today.


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