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College Admission Resume: Common Mistakes To Avoid

Why is there a lot of emphasis on your Admission Resume?

Because your resume is the first impression you make on the admission council when making a study abroad admission application.

It goes a long way in ensuring you a bright future and a successful career ahead. There is no substitute for an error free resume.

Even though the students are aware of its importance, yet they fail in writing a resume devoid of errors. Indeed, the surprising element is that the mistakes that are made can easily be avoided.

All it needs is your attention and multiple revisions.

Following is the list of common mistakes that must be avoided while writing a college/ university admission resume:

Job Resume

The most common mistake made by applicants is that they use the same resume for admissions that they use when applying for jobs. Notably, your admission resume is completely different from your job resume and they must never be used interchangeably.

Wrong Indentation

Indentation is important whenever you’re writing any formal document. Following are the things to be taken care of:

Margins: Standard margins imply one-half inch margin on each side of the document. The margins of wider width give your resume a cluttered look.

Gaps: One line gap between headings is important to enhance its readability and give your document a neat look.

Poor Grammar

You must ensure that there are no grammatical errors or typographical errors of any sort in your resume. The key is multiple revisions and guidance from an expert.

It is important to avoid grammatical mistakes so as to prove your proficiency in the given language.

Read Also: Everything You Wanted to Know About Study Abroad/ Student Visa

Short or Long Length

The catch is that your resume must not be too long or too short. An ideal length of a resume varies from one to two pages depending on the content to be included.

Don’t mention any irrelevant details in order to increase the length of a document.

Alternatively, there must be an inclusion of only specific and necessary details in case there is a lot of information to be included. You need to quantify the information that has to be included in your CV.

 *Career Coach Special Tip*

Strive hard to make your resume attractive and not just another boring document if you really want to stand out from the rest of the applicants.

 Incorrect Usage of Fonts

There always seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the correct font to be used. Ideally, you should be using Times New Roman font with size 12. There can be exceptions to this rule if there is a need to fit the content to one page. In this particular case, you can reduce the font size from 12 to 10.

 Irrelevant or Missing Information

You must not get carried away so as to include any incorrect information. Multiple revisions are recommended to ensure that no vital information is missing or any incorrect/ irrelevant information gets included.

 Some Important Points Not to be Missed:

  • Make use of pointers and avoid paragraphs so as to make your resume easily readable.
  • Your resume must never be written as a first person. You must, therefore, avoid the usage of words like I, my, me, etc.
  • Make use of the simple structure and format so as not to make your CV complex.
  • Minimize the use of prepositions.
  • Your attention should be to demonstrate your key skills and qualities in a subtle manner.
  • You must clearly define your role, responsibilities, and accomplishments as a part of your job listing.

Final words: A resume should be your focus to demonstrate what distinguishes you from other applicants in a unique and subtle manner.

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