Do you think your resume has any errors? There are certain resume do’s and don’ts that most employees and recruiters look for when they are hiring, and it is important to make sure your resume has no errors and stands out. After all, your resume is the gateway to new jobs and better work opportunities.

Check out 3 common resume errors here.

1. Irrelevant Employment

If you are applying for a manager role at a new company, it is unlikely that your previous experience as a bartender 20 years ago is relevant work experience. It won’t help you to get the job – but it might make it seem like you don’t have enough relevant experience, and you’re using it to fill up space. Instead use recent or relevant experience that relates to the job that you want.


2. Negativity towards an old employer

Most people don’t need to include a ‘Reasons for Leaving’, so you may be able to completely take this section out. If you left your previous job quickly or under strange circumstances, you may need to include a reason for leaving. If you do, don’t be spiteful towards for your former employee. It normally comes across as unprofessional and negative.


3. Nothing phrases

“Highly organized”,  “strong work ethic” and “team player” are frequently used on resumes, but what do they mean? Anyone can use these phrases and they do not prove that you actually are any of these things. Instead provide examples of times when you displayed a strong work ethic, or when you worked well as part of a team.


What do you think of this list? Let me know with a comment!


  1. Linette B · January 13, 2016

    I like #3. Such a good tip regarding the use of specific examples

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · January 14, 2016

      Thanks Linette! 🙂


  2. The Otaku Judge · January 14, 2016

    Good tips that I will have to keep in mind. They way my job is going I don’t think my department will survive to see 2017.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · January 16, 2016

      😦 That isn’t good news. What would you consider doing as an alternative? I hope everything works out in your department’s favour 🙂 X

      Liked by 1 person

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