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Common Mistakes When Resume Writing
When looking for a new job, there are several common mistakes that many resume writers make, some of which may directly affect how successful a resume is in its purpose of resume promotion.
One of the most common errors that are made is not reading over a resume to check for spelling errors. Although it is understandable that the occasional spelling mistake may go unnoticed, it is not uncommon to find resumes with dozens of errors throughout. This immediately conveys that the resume author is not as bothered about the resume as they should be and is merely using it to try and get their resource box link out to as many sites as possible.
But what about the future employers who are using resume directories?
In order to gain the attention from employers directly from resume directories it is important that the resume is interesting but also grammatically correct and spell checked, so that readers will respect the resume and will be more likely to read it to the end and follow the resource box link. An resume author who does not spell check a resume after completion is not only missing out on a lot of promotion and wasting time submitting to resume directories that reject the resume, but also from the direct employers that could have been received from the directories that do accept it.
One surprising mistake that is made by some, although not as common as spelling and grammatical resume writing how-to section errors, is an incorrect/broken link provided in the resource area. This area is meant to be the section where a reader will read a brief promotional segment about what you and your resume offers and then to hopefully follow the link to your site. However, on occasions mistakes are made in the URL. For example I have noticed a resume with an URL such as "mypetdog.com" spelt as "myptedog.com". This is an obvious typo which many resume directory owners will notice and correct, however it is possible that a lot of employers and link popularity is being lost from directory owners who miss the error and accept the resume "as is".
Another mistake, and one that is a pet hate of many resume directory owners, is resume authors who do not read a sites terms of service and resume submission resume guidelines prior to submission. This is shown repeatedly when authors submit resumes with more links in the resource box, for example, or directly linking to an affiliate program. Although many errors are corrected by resume directory owners, there are some that are simply rejecting resumes that do not abide by the submission resume guidelines, as there are so many others to review that there is no time to correct resumes.
To increase the likelihood of a resume being accepted, ensure that the layout is correctly formatted. This is to say that the resume is not formatted to a specific line width but instead should flow to the end of the line and onto the following line. Space paragraphs clearly as paragraphs with a line space between them.
Probably the biggest point to remember here is to double check a resume before submission. If possible, also choose one of the pre-written professional resume templates, or have a friend read the resume to check for errors. Doing so will allow for the best possible results to be gained from the submission.