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Common Mistakes to Avoid on Resumes

Misspellings and grammatical errors can distract employers and cause them to focus on the mistakes rather than reading about your stellar achievements and accomplishments. Here are common mistakes to look out for:

  • Misspelling the company or hiring manager’s name
  • Writing in the first person. Avoid “I” statements on your resume.
  • Using the wrong verb tense.
    • Resume accomplishments from previous roles need to be described using the past tense (e.g., developed, implemented, launched, etc.).
    • Use the present tense to convey accomplishments in your current role (e.g., create, program, oversee, etc.).
    • Use present-tense verbs to describe your abilities, qualities, and value in your personal branding statement and career summary. –
  • Contractions need an apostrophe. A contraction shortens and combines two words using an apostrophe. Rather than writing out, “it is,” you can write, “it’s.”
  • Plural words don’t need an apostrophe. To pluralize a word, you add an “s” or “es” to the end. For instance, “Collaborated with department managers.”
  • Use an apostrophe to show possession, such as when you “surpassed 2020’s goals” or “maximized the company’s social media outreach.” Ditch the apostrophe when it comes to possession with the pronoun “it.”

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