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10 mistakes when writing a resume

It seems what can be more accessible, than making a resume and just specifying the information about yourself? But according to personal statistics: at best, 1 out of 10 resumes will be just good, and 1 out of 20 will be decent. And a proper overview helps the hr or lid to quickly figure out if you’re going to have an much, and it helps the candidate talk about why and what makes them extraordinary.

Don’t put a photo or put a picture in a suit.

Opinions vary on the photo, but my team and I are pretty sure there should be a photo! Especially for projects, recruiters, and sales, just a must, like an included video at a job interview!

Suppose you want a job in a modern IT company. In that case, the photo should be of a young smiling professional in a hoodie, so photos from weddings in a suit or graduation party are rejected at once, mysterious photos without a face too.

To specify several positions in one resume.

“3D designer, analyst, recruiter” – you have to ask yourself, what position are you applying for, and what do you do? There is no point in trying to fill out a “UX/UI designer” resume. If it says “Project Manager”; it will go straight to “rejected. Usually, the team is not interested in a specialist who does everything and nothing.

Plus, there is the question of motivation: after some time in the position, the newcomer will realize that his job is not that interesting and will leave to try new things. Rarely does it happen that a candidate is interested in related professions and is a specialist in them, then you need to make two different resumes for each job.

Don’t write out your experience.

A resume is the first thing that speaks volumes about you ahead of all the steps and meetings. There is no more incredible pain for a recruiter who sees 1 line in skills and three words in experience. It will take about an hour to write out your experience competently but it it will tell you everything you need to know about yourself and increase your chance of a quick job search.

What information is most often missing?

  1. Description of projects (cool to attach links to the company website at once). Brief and to the point, what the project was aimed at and what makes it different.
  2. A description of the team. Two different stories: working in a group of 10 or being a one-man orchestra.
  3. Description of responsibilities. The most important thing that gives an idea of you as a specialist: what did you do on the project and what did it do for the business? (it’s also cool to list accomplishments in quantifiable terms) .
  4. List of tools. Specify what tools you worked with and on what project, maybe something you learned on your own, you can also specify in the “about me”.
  5. You may want to write all your experience. There is also the flip side, when a huge canvas of solid text is written that is impossible to read. One page of the most basic information will be enough. You do not need to specify irrelevant experience, if you are a novice analyst, and before that was an administrator in a cafe, then omit that.

Make grammatical or spelling mistakes.

Comments are unnecessary. No one wants to work in a team with an illiterate person. By the way, here we can refer to the same mistakes in registration: different font, extra spaces or missing punctuation marks, like little things, but it hurts the eye.

Do not supplement your experience with real cases

In addition to experience, you can always add references to what you can and should “feel. The designer has a portfolio, the developer has a github, the analyst has enclosed calculations. Especially if you’re a beginner and have no commercial experience, you need to show what you can do.

Ignore cover letter writing.

This is the first thing a recruiter reads. If you are a jun, then the cover letter is a must, without it they will not even look beyond the resume, if you are an experienced specialist, it will show your loyalty and interest in the company once again. The main point of the cover letter is that it should be individual for a certain team, where you would like to get. A boilerplate letter is immediately apparent. Write about how you found out about the company and what you like about it, what skills you have to bring to the team.

Don’t include work periods.

Another item the recruiter looks at is work periods. It could be combining two or more projects at the same time or working in the same place for 5 to 10 years. Many questions arise if there are periods without work of six months to a year or more, the reason can always be indicated with a comment or indicate the period of training and attach the cases, depending on the situation.

Not including or linking your phone number

Ideally, you should specify your Telegram account. The easiest and most convenient way to pre-sign and assign a call, add to contact, send the necessary information. Scary – linking to WhatsApp or “communication only in the mail. Be prepared that no one will write to the post, and those who communicate in Whatsapp.

Templates say nothing about you as a candidate. Everyone knows how to use a computer. And it’s unclear why a candidate needs a driver’s license, unless he’s looking for a job as a courier?

If you want to point to soft-skills, then write from the company and business perspective, not communicative, but “negotiation skills with the customer in e-com in English”, not responsible, but “managing a development team of 5 people according to Scrum methodology”.


To summarize, the formula for a good resume is not complicated. Be sure to put a smiling and nice picture, briefly and structured way to specify your experience, supplementing it with cases + attach a cover letter. Voila, you’re hired!

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