Your resume is the first impression you will make on a potential. How can you make sure that your resume stands out enough to a recruiter or hiring manager to make it to the interview stage?\nUnfortunately, there isn\u2019t a one-size-fits-all template for resume writing, but there are a few steps you can take to make the process easier. These are three of the biggest \u2013 and most common \u2013 mistakes people make on their resume, and how to fix them.\nResume mistake #1: You use too many buzzwords\nAccording to LinkedIn\u2019s data, the top 10 most used resume buzzwords include \u201cspecialized, leadership, experienced, passionate, strategic, excellent, focused, creative, enthusiastic and successful.\u201d\nDarain Faraz, head of Brand Marketing and Communications at LinkedIn, says you should avoid these phrases. As a rule, he says to avoid any language that \u201cgeneralizes\u201d what you do, including industry jargon. Instead, focus on illustrating your skills and achievements to demonstrate how you embody those buzzwords, without blatantly stating it.\n[ Related: The 10 best IT Resume Makeovers of 2016 ]\nFor example, instead of saying you are \u201cpassionate\u201d about a topic, demonstrate that passion by including any volunteer or nonprofit work on your resume. Or, you could demonstrate your creativity by linking to a portfolio of your work, or by including side projects you work on in your own time.\nIt\u2019s a good place to start if you aren\u2019t sure how to improve your resume \u2013 take a look to see if you include any of these buzzwords. Then, try to find a way to illustrate those skills, rather than leaving it up to the recruiter to figure out what makes you \u201cfocused,\u201d \u201cstrategic\u201d or \u201cexperienced.\u201d\nResume mistake #2: You haven\u2019t established a brand \nWhile your professional brand extends beyond your resume, it\u2019s something you want to carry over to show what you can contribute to a company. But that requires more than just listing skills and experience on your resume or using technical jargon and industry terms. As demonstrated in this IT Resume Makeover, a \u201cnarrow and technically focused\u201d resume that just lists skills and experience, will likely bore recruiters and hiring managers. Instead, you need to create your own professional identity.\nWith the ubiquity of social media, and its role in recruitment and hiring, it\u2019s more important than ever to build your professional brand. Whether it\u2019s through a personal website or your LinkedIn or Twitter accounts, you want to establish yourself as a valuable resource in your industry.\n[ Related: 4 tips to get around resume filtering ]\nFaraz recommends uploading a portfolio to LinkedIn \u2013 whether it\u2019s presentations you\u2019ve worked on, accolades, awards or other projects, and then linking to that in your resume. You can also work on getting recommendations from others on LinkedIn, which will help build your credibility. These are all little steps that will help fortify and back up your resume once you catch the eye of a recruiter.\nResume mistake #3: You sell yourself short\nYour resume is the best place to sell yourself as an employee, but most people are too modest when it comes to their own professional accomplishments.\nFor example, in this IT resume makeover, the candidate left experience off her resume because she didn\u2019t think she qualified for executive positions due to a lack of college degree. However, it turned out she was well-qualified for executive roles, and her 20 years of experience were more than enough to impress a hiring manager.\nSimilarly, in another IT resume makeover from 2014, one candidate sold herself short by including the most generic details of her career, leaving out what made her unique as a candidate. Her original resume didn\u2019t stand out, until she learned that a little bragging can go a long way.\nThe last place you want to hold back is on your resume \u2013 it\u2019s your chance to show your confidence in your own skills and abilities. Whether you\u2019ve build an impressive career without a formal degree, developed new skills on your own time or have taken a unique career path, you can always turn it into a positive.