Resumes tips

Giving a nondescript objective

"Your objective should never be, 'I want to work at X company in Y role.' That's a no-brainer; the act of submitting an application indicates interest in the role. What do you want to do with your career? What do you want to bring to a company? If you can't come up with something unique and engaging, leave the objective off your resume altogether." – Bethany Perkins, people growth manager at O3 World

Selecting a tiny font

"For most fonts, size 10 is the absolute smallest, and even then, it might be too small, depending on the font you are using. If your reader needs to take out his/her reading glasses to read your resume, you have already aggravated them, and your resume is heading for the trash can." – Michelle Riklan, founder and managing director at Riklan Resources

Ignoring application instructions

"I just hired an assistant and had to review over 250 resumes and cover letters for this position. My ad asked to not send a generic cover letter and to visit our website and explain why their skills are a good fit for us. About 70% of the time they'd shoot off a non-customized resume, and 90% of the time they wouldn't include a cover letter. Because of this lack of following directions, [I] weeded out a huge portion of applicants." – Julie Weinhouse, principal at HERO Entertainment Marketing

Including a photo

"With the widespread use of social media sites, there is no need to add pictures to resumes. Use the space for more detail." – Mark Frietch, senior recruiter at Redfin

Choosing a bad file name

"People should name their resume by their first and last name. A lot of times, candidates will send in resumes named 'espence_resume91.pdf,' 'Resume2013' or even 'revision5resume.' I'm glad you have revised your resume five times, but it would be great if version six had just your first and last name." – Pete Juratovic, president of Old City Press & Co.

Saving your resume using an outdated file format

"Avoid using dated Microsoft packages for your Word doc resume, as new systems don't always read the document accurately. Many resumes come through unreadable at the worst or unaligned at the best." – Chris Delaney, founder of Employment King