Most Common Resume Errors

A recent survey by Nichols College (Massachusetts) of 780 employers revealed the following errors most commonly observed in applicant resumes.  (The percentages are of employers reporting, not of the percent of resumes found with these errors.)

  • 78% – Grammatical/spelling errors
  • 71% – Resume not directed to the specific position/generic resume
  • 59% – Objective not specific to the job
  • 43% – Too much information
  • 32% – Unexplained gaps in experience
  • 31% – Accomplishments not identified
  • 29% – Inappropriate email addresses
  • 21% – Poor resume format
  • 8% – Education or GPA not listed
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