Although resumes can be considered subjective, there are some common black and white mistakes people make in preparing a good resume.
The following is not an exhaustive list, but just some common ones nevertheless.
Unless you are applying for a position in the creative industry, it is best to keep your artistic flair at bay. However, it does not mean you should be at the opposite end of the spectrum and make it look as if it was prepared using a typewriter. There is a fine balance between visual appeal and professional, clean approach.
Ensure your document presents your skills, strengths and other details relevantly. Doing so makes you look organised and prepared. Further, employers are very busy, they do not have time to read irrelevant details. If there is too much clutter they might just dismiss your resume without discovering your capabilities.
Just like the tip on colours, unless you are applying for a modelling position photographs are unnecessary. If you are hired based on your looks, you probably would not want to work for the company to begin with. Bear in mind, personal presentation is still an important factor, but this is different to “looks”.
Everyone makes mistakes and although it would be advisable to ensure 100% accuracy, one or two minor errors may be overlooked. If your document looks like a printed mobile phone text message, it will not be taken seriously.
Ensure good use of dot points and small bursts of writing. A long resume with lines of information can be a drowning experience for the recruiter. Just remember, they want hard facts – they will ask for specific details later.