As a manager who’s hired employees and as a journalist who regularly covers career-related topics, I understand what employers want on a candidate’s résumé.
From your layout and font choice to the phrases you use to describe your previous jobs, the smallest details of your application will catch the eyes of hiring managers, so it’s in your best interest to present a polished, professional-looking document if you want that job interview.
Most (if not all) job seekers are aware of this fact and understand how important their résumé is. Though we generally know to check for spelling errors and inaccuracies, many of us continue to send out job applications that are too wordy or include outdated information.
Based on source interviews with career experts and my own experience, here are the four most common mistakes people make on their résumés, and how to avoid them the next time you apply for a job:
1. Listing every single position you’ve ever held