Common Errors in a Resume

As they rightly say, “First impression is the last impression”, you must consider your resume your first impression on the Admission Committee. Your application documents do all the talking on your behalf and resume is one of them. Thus, a resume devoid of mistakes surely goes a long way in casting a favorable impression of your candidature on the Admission Committee. Here are a few common mistakes found in a resume.

Grammatical and Typological Errors :- This is the most common error found in a resume. You must check all the spellings before you actually submit your resume on the University website.

Extremely Small Fonts :- Ideally you should follow Times New Roman 12-point but if reducing the font sizes your resume to one page, you may reduce the size to a minimum to Times New Roman 10-point.

Margins Wider Than Required :- One half inch margins on both sides of the resume is actually what is required and desired. Providing more than one half inch margin will squeeze your content in the middle of the page and resulting in a cluttered looking resume.

No Gap between Headings :- There must always be a blank line between each heading of the resume. This will allow the reader gain a clear look of the document, which, of course will act in your favour.

Use of Paragraph Format :- The key is to use pointers and never describe any section of the resume in paragraph format. Make minimal use of prepositions and avoid use of terms like I, me, and myself.

Complicated Structure :- Your resume must be easy and to read and thus comprehend. A complicatedly formatted resume is never appreciated the Admission Committee or for that matter, anyone going through the document. Use the standard font and size for the entire document except for the Title section where you may use 14 point for name and 10 point for address, contact and email.

Providing Unnecessary/Irrelevant Details :- Don’t provide too much detail on topics irrelevant to your applied course.

Remember, in order to make an impressive resume, you must know your resume. You must never include anything in the CV you are unsure of. You must know exactly what and why you are including what you are including in the CV.

Lack of Specific Information :- Whatever information you provide in the resume must contain precision and quantification. A resume containing specific information will any day be given preference over a resume containing general information.

Simply Listing Your Job Responsibilities :- Your role and contribution to your team and organization as a whole should not be just “listed”, rather it should be presented as your accomplishment. Again, quantifying helps even here! How to Present Your Professional Experience in Resume is definitely an important aspect to be taken care of.

Too Long or Too Short! :- Make sure that your resume is neither too short nor too long. In certain cases, if there isn’t much to write about, you may limit the resume length to one page, otherwise a two-page resume is just adequate.

Absence of Strong Actions Verbs :- Use of action verbs like “handled”, “steered”, “led”, “created”, etc. demonstrate your leadership and innovative skills along with out-of-the-box approach.

Missing or Incorrect Information :- You must check and recheck your resume ensuring that it is not devoid of any required/important information. It is also of prime importance that there is no incorrect information included in the resume.


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