Posted By: Deanna DeBenedictis

Acing your resume is the first step to moving forward in the hiring process. Many hiring managers will spend mere seconds on your resume to decide initial fit. Apart from the overall lack of relevant job experience, here are some things on your resume that could earn you an automatic rejection:

1. Forgetting to include keywords
While you should not cram your resume full of buzzwords, not including keywords pertinent to the job and industry you're applying for could indicate that you don't have the specific experience the hiring manager is looking for.

2. Personal pronouns
Your resume should not include the words I, me, she, or my. Do not write your resume in first or third person, as it's understood that everything is about you and your experiences.

3. Present tense for a past tense job
Never describe past work experience using the present tense. Only your current job should be written in the present tense.

4. Inconsistent formatting
The format of your resume is just as important as its content. The best format is one that will make it easiest for the hiring manager to scan for your resume and be able to pick out your key qualifications and goals.

5. Spelling and grammar mistakes
Although this one may seem oblivious, spelling and grammar mistakes are a sure-fire way to get your resume thrown into the junk pile. All it takes is a few extra minutes of reviewing, and a second set of eyes, to fix.

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