426 - Resume Errors That Sabotage Your Chances

Posted March 28, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 426

Episode Title: Resume Errors That Sabotage Your Chances

A new analysis has found that more than half of all resumes contain one or more major errors—and they could be costing people the interview. Find out more, next on The Perna Syndicate.


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Hello! I’m your host Mark Perna, and I’m happy to welcome you to a new week on The Perna Syndicate. You would think that, in the midst of today’s record talent shortage, that anyone applying for a job would automatically get an interview. But sadly, this is not the case. And there may be a very simple reason why not.


According to new research from Adzuna, it seems a majority of job-seekers aren’t taking their resumes seriously. The analysis of almost 93,000 U.S. resumes found that 64% contain at least one spelling mistake. 


Plus, more than 10% of resumes contain five or more errors—including gaps in employment history, lack of personal summary, invalid contact information, and an unprofessional file name like “draft” or “untitled.”


While a typo might not seem like a deal-breaker, more and more employers are relying on software and artificial intelligence tools to screen candidates. One little misspelling might make all the difference in whether or not you get a shot at your dream job.


This week, we’re going to cover some of the most common mistakes that people are making in their resumes—and even reveal the parts of the U.S. where resume errors are most common. If you’re a jobseeker, this will be helpful info for you. And if you’re an educator or parent, it could be a great tidbit to share with the young people you influence as they prepare to enter the world of work. 


Tomorrow: when it comes to your resume, is there such a thing as “small stuff”? We’ll talk about why the details are such a big deal on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then! 

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