R+L Carriers has hundreds of available positions listed on our website at any given time, so you can imagine we receive thousands of resumes from potential candidates. Our recruiters will tell you that the resume is arguably the most important document you will ever craft in your life. For new grads, it holds the key to your future and acts as the gateway from student to career. If you are new to resume writing it is important you avoid these six common resume mistakes to catapult your resume to the top of a recruiter’s list.
Formatting is Everything
Whether your resume is being uploaded into an employee website system or you are handing it over in person, formatting is everything. The following formats should be consistent throughout the resume:
- Font types
- Font sizes
- Bulleted items
Formatting inconsistencies make it hard for an employer to read your resume because it is distracting. It also looks sloppy, and if your resume is sloppy you can be perceived as a less qualified candidate.
Formatting Tip: PDF files work best and give you the least chance of losing formatting when resumes are uploaded.
Your Expected Graduation Date is Missing
Are you a go-getter heading to a career fair to talk to employers, but you still have a year left to go until graduation? While employers appreciate the fact you want to know more about their company, they want to know upfront that you are not a graduate they can hire right now. List the date of your expected graduation prominently on your resume. Also mention to employers that you are seeking a moment of their time at a career fair to prepare for next year. This gives employers a heads up that they should not spend too much time on you this year, but they will be prepared for you next year because you valued their time and you made a good impression a year ago.
Keep Your Higher Education Brief
Your degree, your college and your GPA are all important resume points. List your degree, your related accreditations and internships that beef up your degree. Keep the higher education section brief. When you start listing your high school honor roll and how you ran your own delivery service as a high school senior, you have already lost them.
Hello? Include Contact Information Please
You would be surprised how many resumes are submitted without contact information. Do not make employers search for a contact phone number or email on your cover letter, in an email, or somewhere else besides your resume. That grave mistake will have them searching for someone that is easier to reach.
Keep It Short
We live in a world where the average American skims an article headline online and decides within two seconds if the intro is worth a few extra minutes of their time to click and read. The same can be said for employers looking at resumes. Most employers will know within seconds if they should keep you at the top of the pile by what you have on the first page of the resume.
Keep your points short, sweet and to the point. The resume should be no longer than two pages. If you have a resume that is longer than two pages, you have a book that needs some serious editing.
Spelling and Grammar Mistakes
You would be surprised how many college graduates have misspellings in their resumes, cover letters and even email headers. A few slips of the spelling and grammar tongue typically have an employer throwing your resume into the waste basket. Avoid common resume mistakes by having someone else read your resume.
R+L Carriers is seeking to fill open positions in technology and logistics. We have a need for EDI, .Net, Web and Oracle Developer positions along with other career opportunities. Family-owned and operated for 50 years, we offer a work environment that is both fun and challenging.
If you’re looking for a position in a company that values family and fun, apply today for a position at our R+L Career Center.