Are you making serious resume mistakes that are costing you job opportunities? Probably. Most people make at least one or two of these.

Check out this infographic and see.

Here are the top five mistakes, which are detailed further in the infographic from

Padding: Also known as “lying,” this is never a good idea. It’s not worth the embarrassment and potential trouble if you get caught. Things people commonly lie about include degrees, and previous titles and salary. Tell the truth.

Zero keywords: Since many companies use resume screening software, if you don’t use the right keywords, targeted specifically to the job in the question, it’s very likely that your resume will never make it past the electronic gatekeeper to be seen by human eyes. Read the job description carefully and make sure to include the proper keywords.

Cliches: Don’t call yourself “driven” or “innovative.” Also on the list of overused terms are “expert,” “strategic,” and “organizational.” I guess we all need a good thesaurus. Luckily there are sites and apps for that.

“Pore grammar:” What they mean is “typos” and the examples they give include “Dear Sir or Madman” and “Have a keen eye for derail.”

Poor grammar and spelling are a separate issue and are not on the list, though they should be, because they are a huge turnoff for employers. In fact, they are the first thing many say will get your resume tossed.

I say they are separate because a typo is something you would catch with proofreading, while a grammar error might not necessarily be. If you don’t know you’re wrong, you’re not going to catch it. Spellcheck can be helpful but it’s not always right and, as a result, some have a tendency to just ignore it. The takeaway: proofread and have someone else double check for you. You can also use websites like

Lack of customization: I’m editing a friend’s resume right now and he has his events planning experience right at the top along with his technical legal policy expertise in a qualifications summary. My first question after seeing this was: what kind of job are you looking for exactly?”

Narrow it down, people. Keep it relevant. If you have experience that you believe is peripherally relevant, or helps make a big impression, find a place to put it that isn’t in the way.