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It’s a new year! Many of you may be considering new career options as a goal for 2017.

If you are applying to a new job, you need to make sure your resume presents the best image of you in the mind of a hiring manager or HR professional. Below are a few mistakes to avoid as you get your resume ready for your next round of job applications:

1. Using company or industry jargon without a definition

This is particularly an issue with professionals in specialized fields like engineering, science, finance, architecture. 

Although you may assume certain acronyms should be naturally understood by anyone reviewing your resume, keep in mind that the first gatekeeper to review your resume is often a Human Resources professional or an administrative professional, not the actual hiring manager. 

These individuals may not have the technical knowledge of your discipline required to interpret your acronyms or jargon. In fact they may be searching for candidates with the communications skills to automatically translate technical words/processes into a language any audience can understand.

So make sure your resume is ready for review by both technical specialists and individuals outside your industry.

2. Using the same resume for multiple jobs.

In today’s competitive job market, you need to put your best foot forward on every single job application you fill out. That means treat each application as if it were your dream job opportunity.

Make sure each resume you send out is customized to the specific job you’re applying for. If one job seems more analytical, make sure you point out your math skills or software skills. If one job is more managerial, emphasized your big-picture thinking and your skills as a motivator and trainer. 

3. Not having the resume reviewed by a third-party.

You work too hard building your experience and putting together a winning resume to have simple grammar or formatting mistakes overshadow your qualifications for a new job opportunity. 

Unfortunately, however, many resume screeners will immediately disregard resumes with distracting mistakes in them. 

Even if you’re a great writer, it is always a good idea to seek a third-party, objective opinion on the contents and format of your resume.

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newgrad23

Jonathan (a.k.a. Newgrad23) is a recent college graduate with a passion for helping Millennials take charge of their career and finances from Day 1 after college. He enjoys blogging and listening to personal finance podcasts. When he's not doing that, you can catch him at local sporting events, music festivals, and near the best food trucks the city has to offer.