badresumeWhen applying for a job, of course you are not the only one going for that role and, with all the competition out there, it is important to ensure that your resume is up-to-date and highlights every personal skill you possess that you feel the company will want to utilize. But while you may think your resume is flawless, it may inadvertently feature some red flags to the employer if you are not careful. Here are some widespread resume red flags that could ruin your chances in landing a potential job in the future.

Pay close attention to every detail in your resume and conduct a thorough spell-check. Make certain you use appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation throughout the entire document. Missing words at the end of a sentence or a number missing from a certain employment date can be off-putting, especially if it is something crucial that leaves the employer asking questions. Simple errors like this can instill a lack of confidence in the potential employee, particularly if the job includes a fair amount of writing and/or editing.

Essentially, your resume is the first impression you will make with the employer before you meet in person for an interview. Failing to pay attention to details can come off as sloppy, lazy and careless, and probably make an interviewer think, “They didn’t put much work into building up a positive image of themselves, so what makes me think this will ultimately reflect well on my company?”

While an individual may have various different reasons for leaving their previous job, it is important to be clear as to why you are looking for a new role. No matter the reason, employers will see any negative talk about your prior position as a red flag. Also, if you mention in your resume that you were a manager or supervisor but subsequently moved down to an entry-level job, explain in your cover letter why this happened. Letting the employer know that your previous company downsized and that this is the reason why you lost the position is better than having no explanation at all.

No matter the medium you used to find the job listing you are interested in, odds are that there are specific instructions when it comes to applying for the position. If the employer is asking for a salary history or requests a cover letter with the resume, and you do not give them what they ask for, this is a red flag to the employer because, in their eyes, you failed to follow straightforward instructions.

These are several flags that can be easily avoided if you plan to land that next job opportunity. Please comment below if you have other examples of red flags that employers tend to look for when trying to find the perfect employee.