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Five Common Resume Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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    Mistake #2: Not including your most persuasive information above the fold. While the resume doesn't stop after the first paragraphs or bullets or even after the first half of the page, 'above-the-fold' marketing does matter.

    How to fix: If you want to hook the reader, don't bore them right out of the gate. Grab their attention with sizzle. So, instead of the profile summary just saying that you are a skilled financial manager with 15 years of experience, power up the message with an achievement. Example:

    Most recently, contributed as financial manager for a large automotive group in Kansas City, MO, a position acquired by rising through the ranks of ABC Automotive Company from the sales floor. In this leadership role, consistently performed in top 5% of the company's pool of 20 finance managers.

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Five Common Resume Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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    Mistake #2: Not including your most persuasive information above the fold. While the resume doesn't stop after the first paragraphs or bullets or even after the first half of the page, 'above-the-fold' marketing does matter.

    How to fix: If you want to hook the reader, don't bore them right out of the gate. Grab their attention with sizzle. So, instead of the profile summary just saying that you are a skilled financial manager with 15 years of experience, power up the message with an achievement. Example:

    Most recently, contributed as financial manager for a large automotive group in Kansas City, MO, a position acquired by rising through the ranks of ABC Automotive Company from the sales floor. In this leadership role, consistently performed in top 5% of the company's pool of 20 finance managers.

Writing your resume is simple, right? You just open up a Word document and start dumping your responsibilities, a few metrics, and just the right amount of keywords onto the page. And voila, that pesky task is done. Wrong! Resumes are strategic marketing communications that must be created thoughtfully and with oomph.

Books are written on the subject and still careerists struggle. One blog post or article cannot comprehensively guide you on building that perfect resume. That said, in bits, bytes and chunks, we can construct tips and strategies and highlight everyday mistakes to avoid to help you get out of the resume-writing starting gate. This slideshow features five common resume mistakes, identified by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, MRW writing for Glassdoor.com, along with solutions to fix them so you can more readily land that next great job.