Whether you are looking for a new job or seeking opportunities with your current employer, your resume should always be updated and professional. According to an article on Monster.com, there are certain mistakes that can hurt your chances for getting an interview and landing a job.
1) Errors: Your resume is a reflection of your experience, talents and goals. Take time to review your resume and check for any typos or grammatical errors. It is a good idea to have a family member or friend proofread your resume before sending it out to potential employers.
2) Missing Accomplishments Info: Why are you the best candidate for this position? Your resume should tell a story about your achievements working in various positions. For example, you can write, "Increased sales by 50 percent as sales manager at xxx company." Employers want to know how you are going to be an asset to their company.
3) Bad Design: You don't need to go overboard creating the perfect resume. Employers are really interested in facts--your skills, experience, education and goals. Stay away from special graphics and designs.
4) Creating a "One Version" Resume: If you are applying for positions in different fields, consider creating two versions of your resume. For example, if your background is in finance, your resume should focus on your finance skills. However, if you are interested in event planning, create a second resume highlighting your event plannings skills.
5) Incorrect Contact Info: Many professionals forget to update their resume on a regular basis. Take the time to update your resume and make sure that your personal contact information is still correct. Check your address, email and phone number. Employers should be able to reach you directly and quickly about employment opportunities.