Having an error-free résumé is pretty crucial.
Typos, however minor, could signal to potential employers that you’re sloppy or you don’t care enough to proofread your work, and they can really hurt your chances during the six seconds hiring managers typically take to make their initial “fit/no fit” decision.
So which résumé errors are the most common?
Career site Zippia used Python language tools to analyse 100,000 résumés for errors.
The résumés were randomly selected from a total of 7.5 million résumés, sourced from January 2015 to June 2017 and collected from Zippia’s website, federal and local databases, and other sites.
After that, the team at Zippia looked through the résumés and ruled out formatting issues, email addresses, and names, along with any other items that didn’t qualify as true errors.
They then tallied how many times they found each individual error in their sample of 100,000 résumés.
Here are the most common résumé mistakes ranked in order of the number of instances from least to most common:
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 1,140
This obvious and noticeable error could leave recruiters scratching their heads.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 1,167
You can just use 'all' in front of normal nouns. Using 'all off' isn't necessarily wrong, per se, but it is much clunkier phrasing. And that's the last thing you want on your résumé.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 1,273
The subject and verb in a sentence must agree -- either they should both be singular or they should both be plural.
10. Using words like 'admit,' 'appreciate,' 'avoid,' and 'enjoy' with a base form of a verb (instead of the gerund form of a verb)
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés:1,470
Saying that you are 'accustomed to write' is incorrect. The correct version of this sample sentence is 'accustomed to writing.' Adding 'ing' allows the verb to function as a noun.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 1,796
Remember, use 'an' before words that start with vowels or a mute 'h' and 'a' before words that start with consonants.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 2,064
Run your résumé through spellcheck to see whether you've accidentally written out the same word twice in a row. Or better yet, give it a second read yourself.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 2,675
Indefinite articles like 'an' and 'a' introduce unspecific nouns, whereas definite articles like 'the' introduces a specific noun.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 3,413
Make sure you're not forgetting or misusing hyphens.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 4,465
Proofread your work to avoid this simple typo.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 5,257
One way you can sidestep this issue is to avoid using lots of clunky clauses on your résumé altogether.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 5,452
Don't forget to include the possessive apostrophe.
Number of errors per 100,000 résumés: 6,543
It's best to just cut out filler phrases.
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