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How to fix 3 common resume mistakes

Sarah K. White | Feb. 22, 2017
Have you made any of these common resume errors? If so, it’s time to revisit, review and update your resume before you apply for your next job.

Resume mistake #3: You sell yourself short

Your resume is the best place to sell yourself as an employee, but most people are too modest when it comes to their own professional accomplishments.

For example, in this IT resume makeover, the candidate left experience off her resume because she didn’t think she qualified for executive positions due to a lack of college degree. However, it turned out she was well-qualified for executive roles, and her 20 years of experience were more than enough to impress a hiring manager.

Similarly, in another IT resume makeover from 2014, one candidate sold herself short by including the most generic details of her career, leaving out what made her unique as a candidate. Her original resume didn’t stand out, until she learned that a little bragging can go a long way.

The last place you want to hold back is on your resume – it’s your chance to show your confidence in your own skills and abilities. Whether you’ve build an impressive career without a formal degree, developed new skills on your own time or have taken a unique career path, you can always turn it into a positive.


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