These 5 resume mistakes are keeping you from getting hired

Writing a resume is time-consuming and, let’s face it, a bit of a chore, even for those who can string a few good words together on occasion. It’s never easy talking about yourself, or recounting all your life’s work (literally) in a page or two. So, once you’re done writing, and before you email your CV to a hiring manager, take a minute to proofread it closely — very closely — for a few common resume mistakes. It could just mean you save your application from hitting the trash, instead of the “to interview” pile.

Here are 5 resume mistakes that are keeping you from getting hired.

  • Don’t get tense
  • Be a consistent date
  • Watch out for possessiveness
  • Don’t rely on spellcheck
  • Don’t capitalize the little guys


Job titles can be tricky, especially when it comes to capitalization. In fact, you have to do a little thinking first before you make your decision. Are you talking about a “job title” or a “job description”? If it’s a job title, like “Vice President of Operations,” then it is indeed capitalized. If you’re describing duties done for the job, such as “I managed a staff of twenty-five writers,” then you don’t capitalize the title (in this case, “manager”).

With these tips, you should be able to write (or quickly revise) your resume, and make it sing “HIRE ME!” in no time!

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