If you’re looking for a job, one of the most important factors related to your success is your resume. What’s a resume? It’s a summarized list of your experiences and skills. If your resume has a mistake in it, companies will likely not offer you a job. Often, people don’t realize the mistakes they make, but that doesn’t have to happen to you!

Here are five suggestions on how to improve your resume and avoid problems.

1.   Review your resume for typos, spelling and grammar.

First, it’s important to review to check spelling and grammar. If there are mistakes, companies will notice and think you obviously did not pay attention and you did your resume quickly. Don’t do that – it’s better to slowly read again and again. If you’re not sure about grammar and spelling, ask a teacher, friend, or someone else to help.

2.   Properly format your resume; make sure size and spacing is consistent.

Second, resumes must be properly formatted, which means that it needs to look the same throughout. For example, if you have lines of text that are different sizes in your resume, change the lines to the same size. Keep your paragraphs close together and your spacing consistent. Also important is to not explain too much. Keep your text limited to one page. When you work on your document and are ready to send, export to PDF format. Because documents might not look the same on different computers, a PDF format ensures that your resume looks the same for everyone.

3.   Remove all “me” words from your resume.

Third, it’s not a good idea to be all about yourself. Try not to do that. If a company see you using the word “I” or “me” a lot, that’s not good. Explaining a lot is not necessary. Make the point with your skills, results, and success. For example, don’t say, “I developed a new product.” Change it to “Developed a new product.”

4.   Make your resume unique for each job application. Adjust your resume to match all companies and their differences.

Fourth, you know those mail ads you get and always throw away? Companies do the same thing! It’s not good to mass distribute your resume. It’s better to be more focused. Research one company, then look closely at their goals and job descriptions, and then adjust your resume to match them. Do the same for each job application. Read their job descriptions for words and phrases that you see often. Work with them — put them in your resume.

5.   Make a list of positive job references … but hold on to it until you’re asked to give it to a potential employer.

Fifth, companies want to find out more about who you are. They do this by asking for references and names. Your references should be someone who has already worked with you in the past. They might be a teacher or former boss. You don’t need to put them on your resume. As you fill out application forms, if they ask for references, do go ahead and add yours. But if they don’t ask, then hold back your references’ names, VP numbers and email addresses. When companies request reference information, have them ready to pass along. Be sure to let your references know that companies will be contacting them. It’s best to make sure they aren’t caught unprepared.

Now you know several common mistakes that people make on their resumes. Now it’s time to revise and improve your resume!