Paper Perfect: 7 Student Resume Errors You Should Avoid

First off, you may be thinking, “I’m only a high school student, why would I need a résumé?”

However, starting your résumé now will allow you to document and update your accomplishments and work experience. In college, résumés are an essential item when applying for jobs at school and internships.

Your résumé is the first impression potential employers will have of you, so it’s important that everything is perfect. Make sure not to make these following errors on yours.

  • 1) Typos: My teacher once told me that I would be surprised by how many students actually spell their names wrong on their own résumé. The most important thing you can do is double-check your résumé several times. Spelling and grammatical errors give potential employers an excuse to discard your résumé.
  • 2) False Information: Not only is putting false information on your résumé unprofessional, it’s also fraud. If you did not graduate from high school or college, do not list a graduation date on your résumé. This also goes for listing job positions, which you have not held and so on. False information will give potential employers the wrong image of you and give you an untrustworthy name.
  • 3) Liberalization: Another thing you should avoid is exaggerating duties and positions on your résumé. If you have worked part-time during high school, avoid building up your job position. For example, there is no need to label yourself as an apparel brand expert on your résumé; sales associate will do just fine.
  • 4) Unprofessional Formatting: Avoid using pictures, artistic fonts and bright color on your résumé. This is a document that should look professional and must be simple to read. However, if you are going into a design or art related field, adding simple design touches are considered more customary. Make sure to use black font for you résumé and print on sturdy white or off-white paper.
  • 5) Missing Contact Information: If you forget to include your contact information, the employer has no way of reaching you. Make sure your contact information includes your name, permanent and current (university) address, phone number, and email address. A good place to put this information is in the header of your document.
  • 6) Excessive Amounts of Information: Employers usually don’t look at a résumé for more than a minute; I’ve even heard they scan for less than 30 seconds. Instead of using paragraphs to describe your previous experience and duties, use brief bullet points. Using bullet points will allow the employer to scan more easily and pick out key words.
  • 7) Too Lengthy: Your résumé should only be one page long. As a high school and college school it is likely that you do not have enough information and experience to fill up more than one page. If you find yourself going over one page, you may have too much information.

Before sending your résumé, make sure to have someone proofread it. Many universities have career service offices that are more than happy to review your résumé. Asking a professor or someone who works in the same field that you are interested in may also be a good source.

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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