Top 10 resume mistakes

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KUALA LUMPUR - When you apply for a job, your resume may be the biggest factor for employers to decide if they want to meet you.

It is the one important document that indicates your academic background, work experience and other relevant information, allowing potential employers to evaluate if you meet their criteria.

Here are the 10 most common resume mistakes that could cost you an interview:


Exaggerating or lying in your resume would have short- and long-term consequences for your career. You risk losing your potential employer's trust in you. The stakes are high when you do this.


There is a difference between useful information and too much information. Including certain details may set you apart from other candidates, but if it's not relevant to the job you're applying for, it will become a distraction instead.


Inappropriate or immature e-mail addresses indicate a lack of maturity and discipline. Create an e-mail address that is professional to put on your resume. First impressions are crucial.


You may think you are not getting phone calls because you are not eligible, but there's a possibility that your contact information was written wrongly. Triple-check your resume.


Do not put strange hobbies or interests on your resume. There are better ways to show your individuality. You will not get hired if those hobbies reflect negatively on you.

10 curveball questions hirers use

  • If you were a superhero, which would you be and why?
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  • You have 15 minutes to tell us everything a brick can be used for.
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  • Give me 3 positive character traits you DON'T have.
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  • If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
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  • How would you run the company if you are now the boss?
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  • If you could trade yourself with somebody, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
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  • If you could choose any position in this company, what position would that be and why?
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  • What brand would you like to be and why?
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  • Name 5 adjectives to describe yourself and explain your choices.
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A generic resume won't show the hiring manager that you are the perfect candidate for the job. Match your achievements with the job's requirements. Avoid a one-size-fits-all resume.


A well-written resume leaves a good impression. It shows attention to detail and the value that you could bring to the company. Be sure that your resume is systematic and rational.

10 weird resignations

  • When Chris Holmes, an immigration worker at a UK airport, wanted to quit his job, he decided it was best to say it with a cake.
  • A photo of his sweet letter quickly went viral on the Internet after his brother-in-law posted it on Twitter.
  • Holmes, 31, is now known as Mr Cake.
  • Today is my 31st birthday, and having recently become a father I now realise have precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy.
  • For that reason I hereby give notice of my resignation, in order that I may devote my time and energy to my family, and to my cake business which has grown steadily over the past few years.
  • When he was fired earlier this year, Groupon's former CEO wrote in a letter to staff:
  • This employee, identified only as Doug, made a hilarious exit.
  • He climbed on a chair during lunch and unbuttoned his shirt.
  • A programmer, who felt like he had had enough, designed a programme to run a resignation message on his work computer.
    The employers were even given the option to renegotiate terms of employment with him with the click of a button.
  • He was having a bad day at work and having an unreasonable passenger on board was just too much for Steven Slater to handle.
    Popping a beer open, Slater inflated the emergency chute and slid out.
  • In a piece published on the New York Times, 12-year employee Greg Smith wrote that "the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money". was
  • A haiku to explain his departure.
  • Wanting to focus on being a YouTube comedian, Kevin Nalty quit his job as Consumer Product Director.
  • The former employee of Merck sang his resignation online.
  • After being told she would have more duties, Heidi Norby Lunde went to Twitter and said she had cleared her desk out and was ready to move on.


Your resume should be one or two pages long. The goal is to make it short, yet readable. List only your selling points that are applicable to the job.


When you display your resume in an unconventional way, such as adding ribbons, you give the impression that you are unprofessional. Sometimes, being unconventional does not help you land a job.


Cheesy fonts scream "I don't know what I'm doing" to your future employer. Stay away from Jokerman, Papyrus and Comic Sans - they are used only for festive purposes. Use Times New Roman or Arial instead.