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5 Resume Blunders to Avoid

5 Resume Blunders to Avoid

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Ayush Agarwal
·Nov 26, 2021·

4 min read

There is a lot of content available on how to write the best Resume. In addition, we also have several Resume generators and templates to create our RESUME, or we can take it from a professional and try to emulate it.

But there is one common mistake in doing all the above. We tend to ignore some fundamental errors in it, thinking everything is perfect.

Human psychology, right? If it is copied from the internet, it is perfect.

Hello people, it's a Friday, and I am back with another blog. This time it's about how you can make your Resume stand out from the crowd and increase your chance of getting that job.

I'll be talking about Resumes for getting the job.

Let's look at the top 5 common mistakes that I have observed in many resumes and myself did initially.

1. Ratings, Percentages, Points in Skills

This has to be the most common and the biggest mistake on any Resume. Even people with 2-3 years tend to get this wrong in their Resume. Every Resume has a Skills section that demonstrates the tech stack you are experienced or comfortable working with. People go wrong here when in a bid to accommodate a large number of skills, they write something they have seen just a YT video or read on Twitter. And to make it not look bad or dodge it in an interview, they use (2/10). Few more examples of this type are:

  • Java - 70%, 3/5, B+
  • Python - 2 stars, 50%

Please avoid using any type of metric on your skills. Just write them in a bullet list. If at all you want to segregate them, do it based on domain. Example :

  • Devops - Docker, AWS
  • Dev - Java, Python

2. Mixing Skills

Again one of the most common mistakes. Sometimes to give a super good impression in terms of skills and knowledge, people tend to add a mix of different skills.

Example: Let us assume you are applying for a role of Front-End Web development engineer role. You did an ML or Python course a few months ago to explore. Do you need to add it to your Resume? Of course, no, you must just add only the skills relevant to the role. You always have the interviews to tell about your other interests and fields.

Having a role-focused skill is super helpful in an initial screening.

3. Too much of high school achievements

This is a rare but a mistake nonetheless. I have seen people filling their Resumes with high school achievements. These don't help much as they are maybe 7 to 8 years old, which don't define the current you. Academic achievement is apt only to add some national-level exam results or if you were a topper.

4. Flaunting academic achievements

The heading itself is self-explanatory. A resume is for getting a job, and a job is all about your technical skills and practical knowledge. You are doing no good to your chances of getting that job if you bombard your Resume with your each semester marks or test results.

This is a crucial aspect of a Resume. We all have accounts across various platforms like Linkedin, Github, or can be your portfolio website.

Here people go wrong by either not including them at all or just putting your usernames. Add links to the handle of this account. One thing to keep in mind here is don't just blindly copy and paste those long gibberish links. Tag it with a text, for example, LinkedIn: "@yourusername," make it redirect to the respective profile's homepage.

Next is we all add projects too. If you have some projects which are hosted somewhere, add those links. This will give a good impression of your technical skills and more to discuss in the interview.

So, I hope this will help you refine your Resume and do good things. If you find it useful, please consider reacting to it or commenting below your views.

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