5 common resume mistakes and how to fix them

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You know you should proofread your resume, have a professional email address, and keep it under two pages long.

But what other mistakes on your resume are making recruiters pass on your application? Read on to find out about 5 common remote work resume mistakes and how to fix them.

1. Leaving remote work out of your resume

Why is this a mistake? To stand out, it’s important to show you understand what the position involves. By not mentioning remote work, it’s harder for the recruiter to see how your skills match the position. The more you show you’re ready to join a remote team, the better. 

How can you fix it? Start by mentioning any job you’ve had that didn’t require you to be in an office to complete it. Have you had any short-term freelance gigs? If you don’t have a lot of work experience, volunteering or a project for friends or family demonstrates you can get things done at home. 

What if you have no freelance experience whatsoever? Well, then focus on your teamwork and communication skills—these are vital to adapting in a distributed team. Mention which tools you used to manage your projects, share documents and communicate with your team. Chances are, you’re already familiar with a few applications the organization employs.

2. Applying without researching the company

Why is this a problem? You needs to prove you’re the right fit for the position and for the company. Do you align with the organization’s goals and values? Researching will let you decide if it’s a business you’d like to join. If you don’t share the same ideals, it may not be the right company for you.

How can you fix this? Start with the company’s website. Most businesses have sections about their story, their mission, vision, and details about their team. Look up their Glassdoor reviews—and how they handles those reviews. Check out their social media profiles. Then, use all this information on your resume. For example, if the company values teamwork and innovation, include how you worked with your teammates to complete a project, or how a novel idea you had saved your team time or money.

3. Not using templates

Why is this a problem? Although you shouldn’t send generic resumes, going to the other extreme and writing a new resume from scratch every time you send an application is inefficient. 

How can you fix it? Create a template—or a few, if you’re applying to different positions—you can tweak in a few minutes. The goal is to spend more time ensuring the text highlights your experience rather than worrying about layout details. Chances are you might even use text from other resumes to apply to a new position. Just make sure all the content relates to your current application and that it makes your skills stand out.

4. Cramming

Why is this a problem? A crammed resume is unpleasant and hard to read. Avoid sending a resume that gives the recruiter a headache. Your resume has to be a quick summary of your skills, and present your strongest skills and experience at a glance. Most applications also require a cover letter or ask additional questions—the perfect opportunity to

How can you fix it? First, ask yourself what do you want to highlight. Is it your education or your work experience? Start with the most important information. Moreover, you don’t need to describe every task, project and achievement in every previous job you’ve had. Instead, mention two or three of the achievement that align with the goals for the vacancy.

5. Leaving out links

Why is this a problem? You’re missing out on an opportunity to elaborate on your skills outside your resume and another way to support your achievements.

How can you fix it? Instead of adding too much information on your resume, keep it short and include links instead. For example, in my resume I mention I helped create advertising campaigns for brands operating in six countries, and added links materials I wrote—from social media content to radio ads.

Get your foot on the door by crafting a modern, thorough resume. By framing your earlier experience as skills transferable to remote work, researching the company, saving time by using templates with plenty of white space, and including links to support your experience, you’ll be on your way to get that interview.

Do you have any tips to make a resume stand out? Do share in the comments below!

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