What are the common mistakes of a resume?

7 common mistakes we still see when reviewing hundreds of engineering and IT related resumes on a daily basis include: Omitting key experience, no employment dates, a resume is too long, bad contact information, resume typos, lack of an objective, and strange font/resume formatting.

1. Omitting key software related experience

When getting ready to send your resume to staffing agencies for engineers. Don’t forget to list all the types of CAD systems such as SolidWorks, Civil 3D and AutoCAD, or programming languages such as C++, .Javascript, Python, Java, PHP, and Ruby that you have experience with.

Employers also prefer you list the systems/languages specific to each job you used them at and not just under a general skills section.

I spent the last two years programming in C# at XYZ company make sure and list that under that specific company you worked for. Technical recruiters search resumes related to keywords so make sure they’re listed.

2. No Employment Dates

Not listing employment dates for each job on your resume sends up a red flag to IT & engineers recruiters as well as employers. Do not make this mistake.

3. A resume is too long

Having too long of a resume is still a problem most engineering staffing agencies see daily. Make sure and keep your resume concise, listing the last 10-15 years of relevant employment experience. Employers and recruiters don’t have time to read a twenty-page resume.

4. Bad contact information

Having Incorrect contact information is a huge mistake. You need to have the correct phone number listed on your resume. Make sure you have a reliable email that is not from your cable company.

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5. Typos/Grammatical errors on your resume

Amazingly we still see typos on resumes constantly. Don’t make this mistake as it shows a lack of paying attention to detail.

6. Lack of objective

Not including an objective on your resume can be a mistake. Make sure and state the type of job and company you are interested in working for and when submitting your resume to specific jobs at IT staffing agencies and tailor the objective accordingly.

7. Using strange fonts or templates

When creating a resume, simple and clean is better. Make sure to avoid hard to read fonts and annoying resume templates.

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