It’s always fun to hear about the big mistakes job applicants make—like showing up in sweatpants or falling asleep during the interview. (And yes, both of those things have happened.)
It’s less fun to hear about the smaller mistakes—like someone showing up five minutes late or having a typo on the first line of a cover letter—but turns out, those tiny blunders are what hiring managers complain about the most.
So, in the interest of making sure you impress—not annoy—your dream employers, we’ve rounded up all those tiny mistakes that grate on their nerves. While you’ve probably heard these things before, we could all use a reminder from time to time—because, well, we keep hearing about (and seeing) them.
On a Resume
1. Including 5 Pages (or Every Accomplishment From the Past 5 Years)
We’ve talked about the great multi-page versus one-page resume debate before, but it’s worth repeating: It’s not important to include that you worked as a dog walker for three months of college and every single thing from that point until now.
Think of it this way: Hiring managers just want the highlights; they want to know what’s compelling about you as quickly as possible (especially if they’re reading hundreds of resumes). If you really want to go into more detail, save it for the interview.