What NOT to Include & Common Mistakes
- Avoid company specific jargon
- Gaps in career history. Rather than ignore any breaks you had in the workplace, account for them in some way
- Attachments - unless requested, send no attachment to your résumé such as references, referees’ names etc, academic transcripts, work samples and other such things. Save them for the face-to-face interview
- Gimmicks like coloured paper and a résumé that looks like a power point presentation are usually inappropriate for recruiters or HR professionals
- Avoid excessive use of "I" "we" and "our"
- Watch out for spelling errors and poor grammar. Guaranteed, in the 20 seconds that someone looks at your résumé, they will pick up on these. Get it proof read and don’t just rely on a spell check
- Narrative or prose style résumés that don’t convey information fast enough
- Avoid clichés; "excellent interpersonal skills" or "team player"