Format is a big one. A resume should be formatted in a way that is easily read, consistent, and causes no interruption in the readers ‘flow’. Having different fonts for the separate headings is not a way you should go when putting the finishing touches on your sheet. Use the same font, the same headings, and style throughout.
Along with formatting issues is grammatical and language based no-no. The spelling should be perfect with no major grammatical issues. The use of cliché phrases and business jargon is something that should be stopped. Forever. Keep your resume free of personal pronouns and buzzwords. This only causes for confusion and line skipping.
Be original, but not over-the-top. Know your reader and compile your resume accordingly. If your resume is full of graphic design and photos it may detract from your actual performance experience. Unless you are applying for something in the field of media and graphic design, your time should be better spent on the quality of your details rather than in the creativity of the layout.
Stick to work related information. Coaching your son’s little league team is not an accurate representation of your duties within your office. Personal preferences and marital status are somethings that do not need to be commented on in your resume. Also, please stay away from the clichés…