The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
If you looked at hundreds of resumes a day like hiring managers and recruiters sometimes do, they all begin to look alike. With that in mind, how should one avoid presenting a resume that blends in with the competition? Here are some common resume mistakes that cause hiring managers' eyes to glaze over, leaving your resume lost in the sea of competition.
Relying too much on personal branding. Though personal branding is a big buzz phrase these days it is a mistake to think you will get hired if you have a dynamite “brand”. Don’t spend too much of your time painting a lovely picture of yourself using fancy wording; hiring managers see so many branding statements it is very difficult to create a unique one these days. Instead, show your value by highlighting your accomplishments and experiences.
Using vague, generic language. Does your resume state that you are “task oriented”, an “excellent communicator”, or a “team player”? So does everyone else’s! Not only are they overly general, these are skills that are almost always expected to fill every available job. They are not skills that will make you stand out as unique.