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6 Resume Mistakes You Should Never Make Again

Whether you’re contemplating sending out an application to a few targeted companies, or you’re ready for a major career change, your resume has a big impact on how potential employers perceive you. And, well, whether or not they even decide to move forward with a phone screening or an in-person interview. Maybe you’ve even taken the first step and researched the best companies for your dream job, or have tapped Instagram for career advice and inspiration. Whatever stage you’re at in the process, it can’t hurt to start building a smart resume. To lend a helping hand, we spoke with New York City career coach Win Sheffield on how to get your best boots, erm, heels on the ground.

1. There is no “right” format for your resume. “Sure, there’s more latitude for creativity if you are in graphic design than in law, but even attorneys can choose between an objective, a summary or a title expressing their expertise,” advises Win. The takeaway? Don’t stress so much about the visual appeal of your resume that you lose sight of the content. When you’re wordsmithing those bullet points, consider the language used in the job description, and try to mirror it. Don’t be afraid to show some personality, either. This is a great opportunity for personal branding.

2. Feature your biggest accomplishments up top. “Resumes get a 10-second first chance and if you don’t make it through that round, you won’t get a second chance,” says Win. “Think about putting examples of your best achievements at the top of your resume in a key accomplishments section.” They can be from any part of your career (no need for chronological order), but be sure to highlight them off the bat.

3. Don’t stress too much about page length. Suffering from a serious case of trying-to-cram-it-all-on-one-page syndrome? Listen up! “Both one-page resumes and two (or more) page resumes will annoy someone. Use what you need to convey your message. I generally recommend that people with more than 10 years experience use two pages. You’ll probably need it,” Win offers. If you’re junior, don’t struggle to fill up more than a page. “With two or fewer years, most people have to pad to get past the one-page mark,” Win says.

4. Ask your mom or BFF to proofread your resume. “Hard to believe, but spelling errors are common on a resume. When you’re trying to distill your professional essence onto a piece of paper, every detail counts.” Think you can catch every little mistake yourself? It’s not worth the risk. “Don’t be that person,” says Win. Go the extra step and get a trusted friend or family member to glance over your resume. They’ll often catch flubs that you might have missed — even though you scanned it countless times.

5. Fill any gaps in your resume. “Whatever it is you were doing that you don’t want to share, don’t leave a gap on your resume. Whoever is reading your resume will only assume something worse and just discard it,” Win says. If you weren’t actively working for a period of time, consider phrases like “attending to family responsibilities,” “consulting” or “successfully raising three children.” If possible, put down volunteer experience, coursework or freelance gigs you did during that time period. Once you’re at the in-person stage with a hiring manager, you’ll be able to explain in more detail how you made the most of that time. Be sure to think about how you’ll describe it in advance so you don’t get flustered!

6. Avoid these expressions at all costs. Win shared a list of terms that are so typical or vague that they’re not worth mentioning. Delete these phrases now: hard worker, quick learner, professional, team player, strong background, outstanding in your field, produce work that is on-time and under budget, innovative, highly motivated and excellent communicator. “Everyone who has ever submitted a resume is all of these things and you will not stand out by mentioning them!” Win says.

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)