Are You Making These Resume Mistakes?

If you’re relying on advice that suggests using an Objective statement at the top of your resume, it might be time to take a hard look at whatever source told you that—and chucking it out the window, says Allison Green at US News & World Report.

Other resume mistakes: including everything you’ve ever done, for one. Not only does this make your resume way too long, but if you have tons of unrelated work and part-time jobs you took to pick up extra cash, it makes you look less focused. “You get to decide what you do and don’t include,” Green says (though of course this doesn’t extend to making things up).

Another mistake to avoid: leaving off highly relevant volunteer work because “it didn’t count.” Wrong-o! If “volunteer” or “unpaid work” makes you uneasy, list it as “pro bono consulting.”

We hadn’t heard this one before, but it’s common sense: being subjective. Don’t write “great leadership skills” or “creative innovator” because “hiring managers generally ignore anything subjective that an applicant writes about herself.”

Meanwhile, if you’ve avoided all those mistakes, here are a few mistakes to avoid once you get to the interview. Standard stuff: be on time, don’t be rude to anyone, and don’t forget to ask questions…but good refreshers nonetheless.