Awful Resume Blunders… And How To Avoid Them

January 25, 2014

Career Advice


After seeing this slideshow of absolutely awful resume blunders, we came up with a plan of attack. I mean, you don’t want to make any of these mistakes, right? Right. Ok, let’s get to it. Here are 5 things you shouldn’t include on your resume. Skim your resume for the following before hitting send.

1. Don’t say you’re “detail oriented” and then have a grammar or spelling error on your resume. You’re obviously not that detail oriented.

2. Keep your list of achievements timely. I don’t care if you were the 8th grade spelling bee champ. Stick to college experiences and later.

3. Don’t list expectations as achievements. For example: “Showed up on time for scheduled shift.” You better have showed up on time!

4. Don’t list your parents as references. Enough said. (P.S. That includes aunts, uncles, sisters, and brothers, too.)

5. Keep your list of skills limited to ones that are relevant to the position. Are you good with a chainsaw? If it’s not relevant to this position then I don’t care.

Image via Mark Granitz/Flickr.


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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