These 5 Résumé Mistakes Are Hurting Your Job Search

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By Alison Green

As a former hiring manager who now helps clients with their own hiring, I look at a lot of résumés. Day after day, I see job candidates severely harming their own chances by submitting résumés that do a terrible job of highlighting their qualifications and making it easy for employers to spot why they might be the right person for the job.

Frustratingly, most people are making the same small number of easily fixable mistakes. I can't write back to these candidates to tell them to clean up their résumés if they want a better shot at a job – but I can tell you! These are the five most frequent mistakes I see and what you should be doing instead: