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How to overcome 5 common resume mistakes

Sarah K. White | Jan. 19, 2017
Avoid the five resume writing mistakes most commonly seen in the IT Resume Makeover series.

In another resume makeover from last February, Burns helped one candidate build a more organized approach by unearthing old experience the candidate assumed was outdated. By combining old experience with current experience, Burns created a document that flowed through the candidate's experience from start to finish, showing exactly how qualified he was for a job in ERP implementation and manufacturing.

Make sure you brag

Resumes aren't the place to be humble - it's your time to boast and brag about all your accomplishments. Of course, you want to keep it professional, but don't shy away from touting your own success. It's an all too common theme in the resume makeovers. After discussing career history with a candidate, our resume writers find the candidate has downplayed his or her own success. In this resume makeover from 2014, Cheryl Lynch-Simpson, executive career coach and resume expert with Executive Resume Rescue, helped one candidate stop "selling herself short."

Part of bragging also includes representing the image you need to have for the role you're going out for. If you want to move up in ranks and go for a job that's a step up from where you are now, then you have to consider that in your resume. In our December resume makeover, Stephen Van Vreede, IT technical resume writer at ITtechExec and NoodlePlace, helped one candidate show he is qualified for a CTO or CIO position, despite never having held the title, showing that sometimes it's all about presenting an executive image.

Whether you're ready to go for a new job, or just feel it's time to brush up your resume, you shouldn't view the task as daunting. Take this advice from our resume experts and you'll have a resume that screams "hire me" in no time.


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