Nicalai, an expert who has reviewed over 40 resumes, says these are some of the most annoying mistakes applicants make on their résumé:
Nicolai says that she has seen too many résumés with typos, unprofessional fonts, outdated information, and irrelevant information.
2. Summaries that are too long
‘After a while, the summaries can read like a lengthy chapter in a book. It’s better to list a few bullets with pointed achievements and a branded tag line stating, ‘known for achieving XYZ.”
3. Too many buzzwords
Résumé jargon such as ‘out-of-the-box,’ ‘team player,’ and ‘exceptional communicator’ are ‘baseline expectations in today’s market,’ Nicolai says. ‘A person who truly is a ‘unique problem solver who works well in teams’ will convey this succinctly and creatively on their résumé through a combination of few words and imagery.’
4. Starting a bullet point with ‘Responsible for’
‘Candidates need to understand that starting a sentence with ‘responsible for’ tells the reader what the job requirements were supposed to be, but it does not state that the candidate actually performed the functions,’ Nicolai says. ‘It does not state that the candidate was successful in these functions. Don’t be lazy: Take the extra few minutes to explain what you accomplished — not what you were expected to accomplish.’
5. Being too formal
6. Sticking to a template
‘Templates are designed as a guide and not intended to be used as a cookie cutter,’ she told Business Insider. ‘Think of a template as a suit. A person wears a suit and adapts to his or her personal style. A résumé template is a framework to showcase your personal brand and most importantly your achievements.’
7. Using awkward white space
‘More often than not, candidates use too much or too little ‘white space,” she said in an email. ‘Cramming too many words on one page with tiny margins and small font is annoying. And, on the reverse, having oceans of ‘white space’ with words justified to one side or the other of the resume is equally annoying.’
8. Taking up too much space with your contact information
‘Save face by removing the address and condensing your name, phone number, and email to one line,’ Nicolai said in an email. ‘Using your resume real estate (lines) is valuable and should be used for related achievements.