Job expertise: avoid CV errors

Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see, an opportunity to make a great first impression. You may have a list of valuable accomplishments and years of experience, but a formatting or spelling error can send your resume straight to the no-no pile.

Don’t let a careless mistake make the wrong impression. Keep an eye out for these common resume mistakes:

1. Spelling and grammatical errors. A spelling or grammatical error indicates that you don’t care enough to check. Don’t trust the spell checker! Have a real person review your resume before hitting the submit button.

2. Incorrect or missing coordinates. The absence of a letter or number in your email or phone number makes it difficult for a company to get in touch with you. Always check your contact details.

3. “Fancy” fonts. Elaborate or unique fonts may look fun, but are distracting and can make your resume difficult to read. Use a standard font like Arial or Times New Roman.

4. Too much information on one page. A standard resume should be one to two pages long, depending on your experience. But if you find yourself adjusting the page margins or shrinking the fonts, you might be including too much detail.

5. An unprofessional email address. While it may sound nifty, “cooldude52” doesn’t necessarily convey the professional image you want to portray. Use a simple email address that includes your name.

Are you ready to start a new job search or do you want help updating your CV? Stop by one of our service centers to get started today or view our online resume workshop video on YouTube under West Michigan Works.

Employment expertise is provided by West Michigan Works. Find out how they can help you by visiting westmiworks.orgor your local service center.

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