Hiring Experts Reveal Resume Pet Peeves

Published by Jobstanzania on 1:41:00 pm

Crafting a resume that is unique and impressive is the goal of every job seeker. However, there is no one blueprint to follow in this process. Despite that lack of guidance, one surefire way to prevent your resume from making the circular file is to avoid some of these most common resume pet peeves of hiring managers.

Nondescript Objectives
Your objective should never be, "I want to work at X company in Y role." That's a no-brainer, the act of submitting an application indicates interest in the role. What do you want to do with your career? What do you want to bring to a company? If you can't come up with something unique and engaging, leave the objective off of your resume all together. — Bethany Perkins, head recruiter for Software Advice
Small Fonts
For most fonts, size 10 is the absolute smallest, and even then it might be too small, depending on the font you are using. If your reader needs to take out his/her reading glasses to read your resume, you have already aggravated them and your resume is heading for the trash can. — Michelle Riklan, founder and managing director at Riklan Resources
Formatting Problems
Avoid using dated Microsoft packages for your Word doc resume, as new systems don't always read the document accurately, with many resumes coming through unreadable at the worst or unaligned at the best. — Chris Delaney, founder of Employment King
Colored Resume Paper
In an effort to make their resumes stand out, some job seekers are using colored paper to stand out. This might actually work in a few, very few, instances, but I would almost always advise against it unless you are in a creative industry and you're resume is amazing. — Paul Chittenden, co-founder of JobKaster
Not Following Instructions
I just hired an assistant and had to review more than 250 resumes and cover letters for this position. My ad asked to not send a generic cover letter and to visit our website and explain why their skills are a good fit for us. Seventy percent of the time they'd shoot off a non-customized resume, and 90% of the time they wouldn't include a cover letter. Because of this lack of following direction it weeded out a huge portion of applicants. — Julie Weinhouse, principal at HERO Entertainment Marketing
Using the Wrong Tense
I get frustrated when people do not have their past job responsibilities in past tense. You are no longer doing that job; it is imperative to make sure your resume reflects that. — Rachel Bass, executive recruiter at Windsor Resources
Not Listing DetailsDon't skip the starting and ending dates for each position you've held. Employers are looking to see your employment continuity, tenure and commitment. If that information is missing on one resume and it's included on another candidate's resume who has similar skills and experience, I'll move them into the "consider" pile and the incomplete resume into the "not consider" pile. — Arlene Vernon, president of HRx
A Bad Resume Name
People should name their resume by their first and last name. A lot of times candidates will send in resumes named "espence_résumé91.pdf, resume2013, or even revision5resume. I'm glad you have revised your resume five times, but it would be great if version six had just your first and last name. — Pete Juratovic, president of Clikzy Creative
No Photos, Please
With the widespread use of social media sites like LinkedIn, there is no need to add pictures to resumes. Use the space for more detail. — Mark Frietch, president of Tac Services




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