What Are the Most Common Resume Mistakes Candidates Make?

Resumes are tough to perfect and unfortunately job seekers continue to make the same errors time after time, which can let them down on their hunt for a new job.

This week we asked the Undercover Recruiter community to let us know what the most common and critical resume/CV mistakes that candidates make are and in turn, what they can improve on.

There are all sorts of different factors that can contribute to the quality and effectiveness of a candidate’s CV and we received a whole spectrum of responses from the community, ranging from spelling and grammar mistakes, to making the document too general for the specific role they are applying for.

Here’s what you had to say on the topic:

C. Holly Wilbanks

Principal at The Wilbanks Consulting Group

“Spelling and grammar mistakes. Still. In 2016. Spell check should be the final step before saving and submitting. Forget, and you can forget being considered for the role.”

Charlotte Miles

Senior HR Consultant

“Lazy CVs…several tenses being used incorrectly, missing words, spelling errors, not enough information in key skills, too much information about an old Saturday job!”

Renee Fortin

Associate Vice President at l’Entremetteuse

“Sending a “general” cv and cover letter, not adapted to the job there are seeking.”

Praveen K. Dewan

IT Recruitment Specialist and Managing Partner at Antal International Network

“Poor formatting. Makes the CV unreadable.”


Agata Mikołajczyk

HR & Brand Manager at Siła Brandu

“Photos… selfies, family photos, “funny” photos etc.”

Duarte Mendonça

Associate Director of Talent Acquisition at Midland Memorial Hospital

“Having an Objective section on the resume.”

Arely Susana (Guccione) Lodge

Contract Human Resources at TriNet

“Four or more pages long.”

Melissa Matos

Operations Manager at Lloyd Staffing

Personal info with picture included

Kimberly Hadley

Talent Acquisition Specialist at Invenio Solutions Inc.

“Not providing enough information about duties and responsibilities under their work experience.”

By Sophie Deering